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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 Sciences and National Academy of 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, high-energy physics, condensed matter and soft-condensed matter physics, ultrafast spectroscopy and photonics, to name just a few.

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.

CCNY Undergraduate Bulletin 2013-15

CCNY Graduate Bulletin 2013-15



Congratulations to February Graduates!

The following students are graduating in February, 2015:

Bachelor of Science in Physics
Rezlind Bushati           Standard Physics                                Prof. Ngee-Pong Chang, Adviser             
Lukas Skarica              Applied Physics-Materials Science    Prof. Sergey Vitkalov, Adviser             
Christopher Smith      Applied Physics-Materials Science    Prof. Sergey Vitkalov, Adviser          

Master of Science in Physics - Adviser: Prof. Timothy Boyer
Arianna Braconi
Korrigan Clark 
Kyle Foster


A Science and Technology Challenge for Congress

By Michael S. Lubell, Jan. 5, 2015

When the 114th Congress convenes, it will find it has lost something of significance: much of its institutional memory about science and technology. And with the rest of the world making a strong play to topple America from its perch atop the innovation pyramid, that’s very troubling.  More...

New Half-Light Half-Matter Quantum Particles
Prospects of developing computing and communication technologies based on quantum properties of light and matter may have taken a major step forward thanks to research by City College of New York physicists led by Dr. Vinod Menon.  Professor Menon’s research team included City College PhD students, Xiaoze Liu, Tal Galfsky and Zheng Sun, and scientists from Yale University, National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan) and Ecole Polytechnic -Montreal (Canada).  The study appears in the January issue of the journal “Nature Photonics.” It was funded by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Army Research Office and the National Science Foundation through the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center – Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials.  More...


Physics Department Newsletter

The newest edition of the CCNY Physics Department Newsletter is now available. 


Giovanni Milione a winner of Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition for 2014


Giovanni Milione has been selected as a winner of the Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition for his paper titled "Radial and azimuthal polarized vector Bessel beams".  Mr. Milione is a Ph.D. student in the Optical Science Program at at The City College of New York, Department of Physics and Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers; his mentor is Distinguished Professor Robert Alfano.   Mr. Milione's research is in the new form of light called Complex Light.  His October presentation for Physics Majors Month was "How to be a successful physics student" and "Advancing physics with complex light: Nanoscale imaging to quantum cryptography."  He is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and is affiliated with NEC Labs America Inc., Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers, Physics Dept., CCNY; Graduate Center CUNY.   He was an Emil Wolf Outstanding Student finalist in 2011 and a winner in 2012.

The Emil Wolf Prize is awarded by the Optical Society of America Foundation, Optics Communications published by Elsevier, the University of Rochester Physics Department, the Institute of Optics and FiO0.  The papers were read at the Optical Society of America's Frontiers in Optics conference in October, 2014.


Nobel Prize in Physics, 2014

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 to Isamu Akasaki (Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan), Hiroshi Amano (Nagoya University, Japan), and Shuji Nakamura (University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA) “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources"

This year's Nobel Laureates are rewarded for having invented a new energy-efficient and environment-friendly light source – the blue light-emitting diode (LED). In the spirit of Alfred Nobel the Prize rewards an invention of greatest benefit to mankind; using blue LEDs, white light can be created in a new way. With the advent of LED lamps we now have more long-lasting and more efficient alternatives to older light sources.


Summer 2014 REU report from Harry Charalambous

Harry Charalambous and David Schuster's paper, "Continuous Cryogenic He-3 Adsorption Pump" is the result of Mr. Charalambous' Research Experience for Undergraduates during this summer, 2014. "I did my REU at the University of Chicago. David Schuster was my advisor. He's a professor there who works on low temperature physics, namely circuit quantum electrodynamics using SQUIDS and on the effects of electrons on liquid helium. He's also taken to redesigning the dilution refrigerators used in labs to get to the millikelvin temperature range (he has 2 of them already)."


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