A photographic tour of the DepartmentA photographic tour of the DepartmentProfessor John Huennekens with graduate students in Atomic and Molecular LabStudy of close, interacting binary stars. Artist's conception of U CepheiProfessor Dimitrios VavylonisProfessor Ou-Yang and students manipulating cell organelles with laser tweezersProfessor Biaggio works with a graduate student in one of his laser labsProfessor and Chair, Volkmar Dierolf in condensed-matter physics labStudents in engaged in REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) ProgramUndergraduate students in a first-year labStudents view the moon through telescopes in introductory astronomy labLehigh graduate student assists a third-grade student in the construction of an electric motor

Department of Physics at Lehigh University


Our Department offers programs leading to the B.A. in Astronomy, the B.S. in Astrophysics, and to the B.A., B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Physics, as well as a summer research program for undergraduates.

Research Opportunities are available in the following areas...

The Department of Physics is housed in the Sherman Fairchild Center for the Physical Sciences, containing Lewis Laboratory, the Sherman Fairchild Laboratory for Solid State Studies, and a large connecting research wing.


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Lehigh University Physics - Volkmar DierolfSpring 2017.  Welcome back to the Spring Semester 2017. I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm the Physics Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion independent of gender, race, age, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, social class, economic class, ethnicity, gender identity, and gender expression. Reflecting on the recent news about a travel ban for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, I want emphasize that Physics is an international discipline and can only prosper through the open access and exchange of ideas. A department like ours benefits tremendously from access to talent from around the world. Consequently, our faculty represents nine different countries. Similarly, our graduate and undergraduate student bodies are very international and diverse. Unfortunately, several of our students are severely affected by the new immigration rules. At least two of them are unable to go home and come back to continue their studies. They also have no hope that their relatives can visit them. Already one student is stranded abroad and has to continue her studies remotely. These are excellent students who tremendously add to the intellectual signature of our department. And they are good people. It goes without saying that they are very welcome in our department and that they can count on our full support.

Volkmar Dierolf