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.


Lehigh University Physics - Sherman Fairchild Center for the Physical Sciences













Lehigh University Physics - Volkmar DierolfFall 2017.  Welcome to the Fall Semester 2017. We are well into fall semester and the colors are changing on the Lehigh campus. The department is also full of changes, among them exciting ones such as the arrival of a new faculty member to Lehigh. In August, Ariel Sommer joined us from MIT.

His field is Atomic and Molecular Physics. His lab is currently under construction and will offer exciting research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Unfortunately, Slava Rotkin, has decided to leave for a new opportunity at Penn State University. A search for his replacement is currently underway. You can see our advertisement for the new faculty position by clicking here

This fall, we have already hosted a symposium in honor of Professor Gunton which highlighted his accomplishments. An article detailing the event can be found here and a video  of the whole event can be viewed on youtube.

Volkmar Dierolf