Physics Colloquium: Thursday, 11/19, at 4:10 PM in Lewis Lab 316. Refreshments available at 3:45 PM in Lewis Lab 317. Speaker: Gary Gibbons; Spacetime Geometry and Quantum Control Theory. Click for Announcement
Video Available. The colloquium by APS Career Program Manager, Crystal Bailey, presented on November 5th was preceded by a panel discussion on physics careers. To view the video recording, click here
Faculty Search. Applications are being accepted for a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Physics beginning August 2016. Click for Details
Start of New Year: Faculty and students gathered for pizza on September 17th to kick off the new academic year and meet our eleven new graduate students.
Department of Physics at Lehigh University
A Message from the Chair
Fall 2015: As we transition back into our academic-year mode, fresh air is breezing through the fourth floor of Lewis Lab in the form of two new faculty members who we welcome into our department.
Sera Cremonini joins us from the Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics at Texas A&M University. Her research field is String Theory. The excitement for this field in our department is readily apparent, judging by the high enrollment in her new course, “Introduction to String Theory.”
Rosi Reed enriches our department through her research in experimental high-energy physics. She joins us from Wayne State University where she was an Assistant Professor, and a member of the ALICE experiment at the large hadron collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland. She studies the properties of a peculiar state of matter, the quark-gluon plasma, which existed for a short time after the big bang and can be recreated in accelerators. Rosi is now a member of the STAR collaboration at Brookhaven National Lab.
Both Sera and Rosi join us as tenure track Assistant Professors, with their active research programs adding to the department's research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
The renewal of the department continues. During this academic year, we have initiated another faculty search. Click for Details
We further welcome a new class of eleven graduate students. Two of them come with fellowships from the University and the Dean, respectively. Most notable to me was our success in strengthening the quality of this cohort by attracting several former participants of our REU program, and students who faced a “two-body problem” (i.e., they came as pairs). We will continue to take an opportunistic approach to the enrollment and assistantship support for pairs of excellent students.
About the Department
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...
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
- Computational Physics
- Condensed-Matter Physics
- Nano Science
- Non-Linear Optics and Photonics
- Plasma Physics
- Soft-Condensed Matter and Complex Fluids
- Statistical Physics
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.