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

  • Dance and Physics with Keith Earle

    Dance and Physics with Keith Earle

    Keith Earle is an associate professor of physics in UAlbany's College of Arts and Sciences. He has collaborated with Albany's Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company to research what dance reveals about laws in physics. The UAlbany News Podcast is hosted and produced by Sarah O'Carroll, a Communications Specialist at the University at Albany, State University of New York. The podcast can be found here.

  • Higgs

    Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $3 Million in Grants for Breast Cancer Research

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $3 million in funding will be awarded to projects across New York for breast cancer research. These grants will encourage innovative research into the causes of breast cancer, as well as prevention, detection or screening, treatment, survivorship and cure, along with the design of new educational strategies to help people reduce specific risk factors associated with developing breast cancer. More can be read here.

  • 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.