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

  • Mercury!!!

    Big Sun Itty Bitty planet - An Event of Stellar Proportions

    WE ARE ON despite a few clouds! Join us to see Mercury’s transit across the sun through the UAlbany physics department telescope! The next transit is in 2032 so don’t miss this chance for daytime astronomy (protective screen for sun!) For more information please see the flier.

  • MOON!!!

    International Observe the Moon Night

    A yearly event which encourages observation of and appreciation of the earth’s moon. Join us for stargazing and moon observing through the UAlbany Physics Department telescope, plus hands-on activities for families and constellation identification by laser pointer! For more information please see the flier.

  • Snowball

    Detecting dark matter using supercooled water

    Although dark matter makes up roughly 85 percent of all matter, it's still never been directly detected. Researchers from the UAlbany led by Prof. Matthew Szydagis have developed a new dark matter detector using supercooled water. More information (including relavent links, paper links, and a video) can be found here.