Doctoral Program in Physics
Program Chairperson: Tung, Raymond T
Location: 3438 Ingersoll Hall
The Physics program at Brooklyn College continues to track important changes in the field of physics and related fields. Significant new resources (over $1m in research equipment recently) along with five new hires in the last four years support new initiatives in science and education. Faculty members are working in a wide range of fields, many crossing the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. Interdisciplinary research collaborations with faculty in other departments at Brooklyn College, at CUNY, internationally and with industry provide an excellent research experience for students working with Physics Department professors. Current research includes a rapidly group doing work in expanding contemporary experimental condensed matter physics. There is also strength in theoretical condensed matter physics and atomic physics; theoretical nuclear physics; numerical simulations/statistical physics; and environmental science.
In the area of theoretical condensed matter physics and atomic physics, research focuses on understanding electronic structure using quantal density functional theory, with applications to atoms, molecules, and solids. Other work employs computer simulations to address questions in complex fluids and soft condensed matter. In the area of theoretical nuclear physics, research focuses on nucleon-nucleon and pion-nucleon interactions, nuclear bremsstrahlung, and relativistic quantum theory of nuclei.
In the area of environmental science, research focuses on studies of energy use and its impact on climate change, as well as on the physics and chemistry of global ecology. Experimental work uses NMR with ionic and non-ionic materials to contribute to new electrochemical devises.
Research Resources and Equipment
Physics faculty members currently have grants from the National Science Foundation, the New York State Center for Advanced Technology,