Current Announcements

Mini-symposium on the Foundations of Nonlinear Optics, August 4-5, 2015, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

The meeting will focus on fundamental issues of light-matter interactions from the quantum point of view, the transition between quantum and classical perspectives, and the applications of the insights gained in such a way to the design of molecules and other artificial structures. The program is designed to maximize the breadth of topics, yet maintain a common focus that fosters stimulating interactions that generate new ideas. Unlike large international meetings with many disjoint parallel sessions of low attendance, our aim is to provide a stimulating program that encourages all attendees to spend time together.

A top priority of the meeting is to promote interactions and to allow discussions to flow freely. The meeting will be informal, with no tight schedule. Speakers will present talks in the form of a classroom lecture, and aimed at the level of a graduate student with only a basic knowledge of nonlinear optics. Interruptions for questions and discussions are encouraged. Each speaker will provide documents in advance that can be studied or used as a reference by the attendees.

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Past Announcements (Selected)

SPS Election Results

We are happy to announce that SPS elections have been completed. The following is a list of SPS Executive Board Members for the 2015-2016 academic year...

President: Veronica McKinny
Vice President: Joshua Kapcsos
Secretary: Pond Siroattanakul
Treasurer: Jay Glucksman

Tenure-Track Faculty Position (Positions filled for start in fall, 2015)

The Department of Physics at Lehigh University invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor Level beginning in August 2015.  Lehigh University and the Physics Department have a strong commitment to the inclusion and engagement of our growing population of culturally diverse students. Therefore, we particularly seek candidates who will successfully serve as mentors and role models for students belonging to groups that are currently underrepresented in physics. Successful candidates will have a PhD in Physics and a strong interest in an academic career combining research and teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Preferably, candidates should have strong interest and expertise in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics; Plasma Physics; Elementary Particle Physics; Cosmology; or Nuclear Physics. Both theorists and experimentalist are invited to apply.

The department has well-established research programs in Astrophysics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Biophysics, Condensed Matter and Nanophysics, Nonlinear Optics and Photonics, Plasma Physics, and Statistical Physics and is looking for candidates who will expand the breadth of our current research offerings. The department is undergoing a major period of transformation and we expect 5-7 faculty positions will become available in the next 10 years.

Located in Pennsylvania's scenic Lehigh Valley, the campus is situated on 1,600 acres in close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia. Lehigh is a premier residential research university, ranked in the top tier of national research universities each year. Lehigh University is a coeducational, nondenominational, private university that offers a distinct academic environment of undergraduate and graduate students from across the globe.

Lehigh is a recipient of the 2006 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Faculty Career Flexibility and a 2010 National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see Lehigh provides a wide range of networking, mentoring and development opportunities for early-career faculty, and is a leader in promoting work-life balance (see Lehigh offers excellent benefits, including domestic-partner benefits, and is a founding member of the Lehigh Valley Inter-Regional Networking & Connecting Consortium to assist highly qualified couples who face the dual career challenge.

Applicants should include a cover letter describing their area of expertise and major contributions, curriculum vitae, publication list, the names and affiliations of three references, a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching interests, and a statement on diversity. The diversity statement might include (but is not limited to) the applicant’s experience and vision regarding diversity issues such as recruitment, inclusion, retention, mentoring, and serving as role models for students from underrepresented groups. All materials should be uploaded to the website and must be received by Dec. 1, 2014.

Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Physics Department Annual Spring Picnic and Barbecue: Sunday, 6/1/14, at 2:00 PM (rain or shine), South Mountain Park, Upper Pavilion, 1600 E. University Ave., Bethlehem. Click for Announcement

SPS Special Event: Amazing Physics Exhibition: September 18, 2014; 6:30 PM; Lewis Lab 270 and Lobby

SPS Special Event: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Gathering: September 8, 2014; 7:00 PM; South Side of Fairchild Lab (Outside)

REU Physics Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Gathering: June 11, 2014; 1:30 PM; Lewis Lab 270 Lobby

Lehigh Students to Compete in the 2013 Cantalobber Contest at Kutztown University, Sunday, April 14, 12 noon

Carl Faust and Brian Knorr will be representing the physics graduate students at the 7th Annual Cantalobber competition this Sunday, April 14th at Kutztown University beginning at noon. They will be defending their previous two wins (with a record of 1530 feet!), and going for their third victory. Kara Richter and Brandon Mitchell will also be competing with a second air cannon.  Come out to support the two groups, and stay for the free food which will be provided.  See attached Announcement and Map of Kutztown University showing the location of the event.

Nobel Prize winner, Sir Anthony J. Leggett, will give two presentations at Lehigh University on Wednesday and Thursday, March 27 and 28...

Karakash Lecture: Why Can't Time Run Backwards  Wednesday, March 27, 4:10 PM, Lewis Lab Room 270. Refreshments will be served beginning at 3:30 PM. (appropriate for a general audience) Click for Announcement

Feigl Lecture: Bell's Theorem, Entanglement, Quantum Teleportation and All That  Thursday, March 28, 4:10 PM, Lewis Lab Room 270, with a "Meet and Greet" including refreshments beginning at 3 PM.  Click for Announcement

SPS Special Meeting: Building Electric Motors, Pizza, and a Surprise! March 6, 2013; 4:30 PM; Lewis Lab 270

SPS Special Event: Research Presentations: February 14, 2013; 5:30 PM; Lewis Lab 316

SPS and Physics Department Barbecue: November 15, 2012; 5:30 PM; Lewis Lab 270 Lobby.

SPS Special Event: Amazing Physics Exhibition: October 25, 2012; 5:30 PM; Lewis Lab 270 and Lobby


September 2012: A Message from the Chair

Lehigh University Physics - Volkmar Dierolf

All of us in the Department would like to extend a warm welcome to incoming students and to our returning undergraduates. We also welcome back Professor Yong Kim and his graduate student, Ryan Cress, who spent time in Korea at Seoul National University over the summer.

2012 is shaping up as a banner year for graduating Ph.D. students. Ten physics graduate students defended their dissertations since April! As we offer our congratulations, we are also sorry to see them go. The outgoing class was replaced by a diverse group of nine incoming graduate students from all across the country and around the world. Among them are one recipient of a Dean’s Fellowship and three GAANN fellows.  

On Friday, September 14th, the department was one of the hosts of the Pennsylvania Network Meeting on the Physics and Chemistry of Biological Systems. The event, organized by Professor Dimitrios Vavylonis, attracted 120 participants from 25 institutions from around the state and beyond. An exciting series of oral presentations complemented by a poster session gave ample opportunities for the exchange of ideas and networking. Congratulations to Dimitris for organizing such a great event.

Volkmar Dierolf


August 2012: A Message from the Chair

Lehigh University Physics - Volkmar DierolfAll of us in the Department would like to extend a warm welcome to incoming students and to our returning undergraduates. We look forward to seeing you.

2012 is shaping up as a banner year for graduating Ph.D. students. Ten physics graduate students defended their dissertations since April! As we offer our congratulations, we are also sorry to see them go.

As usual, our summer research activities were enhanced by contributions from students supported by our NSF-funded REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Program, one of the longest-running NSF-REU programs in the Country.  These 25 students were selected from a pool of 627 applicants!

Our first colloquium, scheduled for Thursday, September 6th, will be given by University of Pennsylvania Professor Andrew Rappe. Details and the full colloquium schedule will appear shortly.

Some of you might notice that this is an altogether new Physics website. Please bear with us as we fill in the blanks and iron out the difficulties. Your comments are always welcome!  Volkmar Dierolf