The Department of Physics at City College has a long tradition of distinguished faculty and students. Many of our alumni have achieved prominence in academic, industrial and governmental physics positions; three of them, Arno Penzias, Leon Lederman and Robert Hofstadter, have won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Today the Department continues to reflect this tradition of scientific excellence. The faculty include members of the National Academies of Science and Engineering, fellows of the American Physical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are deeply engaged in cutting-edge research, including biophysics, experimental and theoretical physics, ultrafast spectroscopy and photonics and soft-condensed matter physics, to name just a few areas.
Physics students pursue bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees at City College. Whether they are modeling DNA molecules, working with MRI and CAT scans, building lasers or working with computers, they are preparing for the jobs and opportunities that will dominate the 21st century.
IN THE NEWS
Professors and students present research at the APS March Meeting, Monday-Friday, March 3-7, 2014 in Denver Colorado. Abstracts are included in the Bulletin of the American Physical Society, Volume 59, Number 1. For City College participants, click here.
Michio Kaku on The Daily Show
Michil Kaku, Semat Professor of Physics, theoretical physicist and author of "The Future of the Mind" discusses cutting-edge advances in brain research and technology. Tuesday February 25, 2014 (08:09)
Jonathan Preston, MS student in Physics, has won a Science Division graduate scholarship that pays his tuition for 2013-2014. CUNY awarded CCNY's Science Division $32,000 in graduate tuition scholarships for the academic year. The scholarships were awarded, based on academic achievement and need, to the following six science graduate students:
Michael Ichikawa, Mathematics
Brian Lamb, Earth and Atmospheric Science
Jonathan Preston, Physics
Chanel Richardson, Biology
Bethany Riggins, Biology
By Michael S. Lubell, Jan. 24, 2014, 3:36 p.m.
In December, just before House members left this town for their hometown holiday fetes, Speaker John A. Boehner lost his cool. He vented his exasperation with outside conservative agitators who were opposing the Ryan-Murray budget deal even before there was a deal. Noting they were the same fomenters of the October government shutdown who had later admitted they had no hope of winning, Boehner punctuated his disdain with a vituperative bellow: “Are you kidding me?!”
"Top ten breakthroughs of 2013"
CCNY Professor Cory Dean's measurement of the long predicted Hofstadter Butterfly spectrum has been identified by Physics World Magazine as one of the "top ten breakthroughs of 2013" . Working in collaboration with physicists at Columbia University, University of Central Florida, and Tohoku University in Japan, Professor Dean's work provided the first complete demonstration that electrons moving under both a magnetic field and spatially periodic electric field develop a fractal energy spectrum. First predicted by Douglas Hofstadter in 1976, the butterfly-shaped spectral pattern has been studied theoretically studied for nearly 40 years, but had escaped experimental detection. Professor Dean was the lead author on this work, which appeared in the magazine Nature last year, "Hofstadter’s butterfly and the fractal quantum Hall effect in moiré superlattices."
Michio Kaku, Henry Semat Professor of Physics at The City College of New York, is already receiving rave reviews for his latest book, "The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind." In "The Future of the Mind" Prof. Kaku explores the feasibility of telepathy, telekinesis, photographing a dream, uploading memories.
Distinguished Professor Daniel Greenberger will offer Physics 31100, "History and Philosophy of Physics" during the Spring 2014 Semester. Topics include controversies over The Copernican Theory, The Energy Concept, The Rise of the Field Concept, The Age of the Earth, Blackbody radiation and photons, Relativity, The Big-Bang Theory, Wave-Particle Duality, Interpretations of Quantum Theory, and The field Concept in Quantum Theory.
Jeffrey Morris ″ Levich Institute, Professor of Chemical Engineering, CUNY-CCNY
Citation: For outstanding research in the flow of multi-phase mixtures, including the development of nonequilibrium microstructure in Stokes flow, constitutive modeling and bulk flow analysis, measurement of the particle pressure, and elucidating the influence of particle-scale inertia on rheology and flow.
Nominated by: Division of Fluid Dynamics
V. Parameswaran Nair, Physics Department, Distinguished Professor, CUNY-CCNY
Citation: For his contributions to theoretical high energy physics, including: the symmetries of gluon amplitudes, gauge theories in three space-time dimensions (especially involving Chern-Simons theories and anyons), non-commutative quantum mechanics, and the Quantum Hall effect in higher dimensions.
Nominated by: Division of Particles and Fields
Welcome Assistant Professor Pouyan Ghaemi The Physics Department welcomes Dr. Pouyan Ghaemi, Assistant Professor of Physics. Prof. Ghaemi's research involves Condensed Matter Theory, including Graphene and Topological insulators, High temperature superconductivity in pnictides and cuprates, Thermoelectric transport and Heavy Fermion systems.
Prof. Ghaemi completed his Ph.D. in Physics in 2008 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and comes to CCNY from a Postdoctoral fellowship, Institute of Condensed Matter Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Prof. Ghaemi is teaching Physics 32100, Modern Physics for Engineers, during the Spring 2014 semester.
Pouyan Ghaemi, Assistant Professor, Physics Department, The City College of New York