Department of Physics

The Physics Department engages students in cutting edge research to advance the frontiers of our understanding of the universe and to innovate practical solutions to societal challenges Our department has about a dozen faculty, 45 graduate and 140 undergraduate majors. Faculty and students in the department carry out research in a broad range of fields—from a new understanding of quantum mechanics to the search for fundamental particles to robotics and medical imaging. Fundamentally, physicists develop models for understanding how the world works. The training is a basis for a broad range of careers that rely on analytical problem solving. These fields are as diverse as cosmology, engineering, software development, and financial analysis.

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News & Announcements

  • Higgs

    UAlbany Physicists Help Analyze Higgs Boson

    New results from the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN, Switzerland, reveal how strongly the Higgs boson interacts with the heaviest known elementary particle, the top quark, and UAlbany researchers are contributing to the analysis. The Higgs boson is the keystone of the Standard Model of particle physics, which has been developed over the last 50-60 years. The Higgs boson gives mass to other elementary particles such as quarks and electrons, and its existence is necessary for the theory to give sensible results (i.e., the probability of processes to occur cannot be greater than 100 percent). More can be read here.

  • DMSS

    DMSS: A Dark Matter Summer School 2018

    UAlbany’s Department of Physics recently hosted a Dark Matter Summer School for high level undergraduates and graduate students to explore issues related to dark matter, such as where dark matter is in the Milky Way; how can we detect dark matter, either directly, indirectly or at CERN’s large hadron collider; what are the theories behind dark matter; and how neutrinos influence dark matter searches. The program was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. More can be read here.

  • Steam Night

    Steam Night - April 2018

    The Guilderland Public Library family STEAM night was a ton of fun! Undergraduate student and physics major Collin Wilson, Vice President of SPS (Society of Physics Students) presented a few interactive demonstrations that the kids could play with on their own while learning about physics, including a ball on ramp activity (pictured) involving conversion of potential to kinetic energy and the normal force, and a xenon plasma generator. Read more here