Vincent Meunier Department Head

The Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy at Rensselaer aims to create a community of students, researchers, staff, and faculty dedicated to providing a collaborative, open, and vibrant environment for the education of undergraduate and graduate students in all areas relevant to modern physics and their relevant connection with current and future societal needs. By providing a rigorous and thorough introduction to fundamental aspects of physics, the department offers an ideal preparation rooted in the use of a subtle blend of conventional and innovative teaching to all students to become active and productive members of society. The undergraduate program promotes the early embedding of students in research groups where they directly play a role in cutting-edge research, in diverse areas such as condensed matter physics, astronomy, particle physics, optics, among others. Similarly, the graduate program is positioned within the tradition of research excellence that defines the Institute as a premier place for the training of the scientific leaders of tomorrow, in Academia and in Industry.

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  • computational physics, condensed matter physics, nanoscience

Angel Garcia

Professor,

Professor of Physics and Senior Constellation Professor in Biocomputation and Bioinformatics

Research Focus:

Biological, Dynamics, Molecules

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Ethan Brown

Assistant Professor

Research Focus:

Direct detection of dark matter, Neutrinoless double beta decay, Experimental astroparticle physics

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Glenn Ciolek

Lecturer

Research Focus:

Theoretical and computational astrophysics, Physics of the interstellar medium, Star formation

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Joel T. Giedt

Associate Professor

Research Focus:

lattice field theory beyond the standard model

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Gyorgy Korniss

Professor

Research Focus:

Complex systems: structure and dynamics of social, information, and infrastructure networks, Social dynamics, opinion spreading, and...

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Kim Michelle Lewis

Associate Professor

Research Focus:

Electron Transport in Nanoscale Systems and Junctions, Electrical Characterization of Biological Systems, Molecular Electronics

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Toh-Ming Lu

Professor,

Ray Palmer Baker Distinguished Professor

Research Focus:

Thin Film Morphologies, 3D Integrated Nano-structure formation

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Vincent Meunier

Professor,

Department Head and Gail and Jeffrey L. Kodosky ‘70 Chair. Professor

Research Focus:

computational physics, condensed matter physics, nanoscience

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Peter Persans

Professor,

Associate Department Head

Research Focus:

novel optoelectronic materials, Physics education research and educational development

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Wayne Roberge

Professor

Research Focus:

origin of life

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Michael Shur

Professor,

Patricia W. and C. Sheldon Roberts Professor

Research Focus:

Solid State Devices, Semiconductor Devices, Integrated Circuits

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Shawn-Yu Lin

Professor

Research Focus:

LED's, Nano-photonics, Integrated Optics

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Humberto Terrones

Professor,

Rayleigh Endowed Chair Professor

Research Focus:

2-Dimensional Materials, Complex 3-D Atomic Structures, Solid State and Condensed Matter Physics

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Gwo Ching Wang

Professor,

Travelstead Institute Chair

Research Focus:

Growth, characterization, and physics of thin films and nanostructures using state-of-art techniques, Development of RHEED surface pole...

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Morris A Washington

Professor of Practice,

Associate Director, Professor of Practice

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Esther A. Wertz

Assistant Professor

Research Focus:

Experimental study of light-matter interactions at the single-molecule level, Design and characterization of plasmonic nanostructures,...

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Christian M. Wetzel

Professor

Research Focus:

Electronic Band Structure, Group III Nitrides, Solar Cell Junctions

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Douglas Whittet

Professor

Research Focus:

Astrophysics, Astrobiology, Interstellar dust

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Ingrid Wilke

Associate Professor

Research Focus:

Terahertz Science and Terahertz Technology, Ultrafast Laser Applications

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Masashi Yamaguchi

Associate Professor

Research Focus:

Linear and Nonlinear THz Spectroscopy of Condensed Matter, Phonon/Thermal Transport in Nanoscale Materials, Nonlinear Optical...

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Shengbai Zhang

Professor,

Kodosky Constellation

Research Focus:

defective materials, topological matters, catalysis

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Affiliated Faculty

Vidhya Chakrapani

Assistant Professor Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research Focus:

Semiconductor Electrochemistry, Advanced materials, Quantum dot solar cells

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