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

  • 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

  • Newsletter

    DMSS: A Dark Matter Summer School

    UAlbany Prof. Levy and Szydagis, in conjunction with Prof. Brown from RPI and Prof. Bellis from Siena College, are hosting an international summer school on dark matter, July 16th to 20th, at UAlbany. The summer school will cover both the theoretical and experimental aspect of the exciting hunt for dark matter, and will gather prestigious speakers to share their knowledge, expertise and passion on the subject with the participants. More information can be found here.

  • Newsletter

    Physics Newsletter - September 2017

    Here you can find the first newsletter of our department and hopefully the first of many. It presents a general overview of the department and is a very helpful read for prospective students.