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 DierolfFall 2016.  Changes in the department continue as we enter the new academic year. Professor Peet Hickman retired as of June 1st, after 22 years in our department.

However, he continues his research on AMO theory at least until several papers are completed and his current Ph.D. student graduates. Professors George McCluskey and Jim Gunton are on sabbatical and announced their plans to retire at the end of this calendar year.

We are happy to welcome Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith into our department as a new Assistant Professor. She joins us from her previous position as a posdoctoral researcher in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. She will strengthen our Biophysics group by adding an experimental program based on combining fluorescence microscopy with micro-fluidics. Her current research interests include the interactions between fluid flow (for example, cytoplasmic streaming) and cell membranes, and embryo inversion in Volvox.

The renewal of our faculty continues. During this academic year, we have initiated another faculty search. Click for Details.

Turnover and renewal is not limited to faculty. Lois Groff, our graduate coordinator retired this summer after 30 years of service to our department. We already miss her, but we are fortunate to have found an excellent replacement in Marina Long. She started in August. 

Our redefined BS Physics and BS Astrophysics degree programs are officially in the catalog. The most notable change is a redefined advanced Physics Lab series that started this Fall (Phy 220-221). Check out the fifth floor when you have time and see how it looks after it has been prepared to house these labs.

Over the summer, new research grants came in for Dimitrios Vavylonis (NIH), Sera Cremonini (NSF), and Rosi Reed (NSF).

Volkmar Dierolf