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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 Graduates

The Department of Physics congratulates all of its students who have graduated during the academic year, September 2014 through May 2015.  For details, please go to the links.
Ph.D. in Physics degrees: 11
Master of Science in Physics: 8
Bachelor of Science in Physics: 19



Distinguished Professor Robert Alfano interviewed by Laser Focus World

Conard Holton interviews Robert Alfano in "Diversity in photonics strengthens society" for Business Forum in Laser Focus World.   "[Robert Alfano] is well known for his discovery of the supercontinuum, for his work with ultrafast lasers, and for developing new biomedical technologies and applications.  He is less well known for his important role in advancing women and minorities in science and technology."

Bridging the Innovation Valley of Death
Commentary By Michael S. Lubell, May 13, 2015, 3:25 p.m.

"Is Wall Street’s influence in corporate boardrooms killing America’s innovation future? There’s a good case to be made that it is, and that it’s getting worse. But Congress can do something about it when it rewrites the tax code.

"Just a few weeks ago, the Senate Finance Committee released more than 1,400 policy recommendations it had received. There’s one more it should consider: changing the rules on capital gains and stock options. Here’s why."  (More...)

Physics Awards and Research Honors Presentations

On Thursday, May 7, the Physics Department's annual Awards and Research Honors Presentations recognized outstanding students.  Research Honors students described their work to an audience of faculty and peers.  Congratulations to all awardees!  (Slideshow)


City College hosts the Third International Conference on Optical Angular Momentum (ICOAM)

The City College of New York is hosting the Third International Conference on Optical Angular Momentum, Tuesday - Friday 4 - 7 August 2015.  The Third International Conference on Optical Angular Momentum (ICOAM) 2015 will provide a forum for scientists whose work relates to optical angular momentum (orbital and spin), aiming to identify new developments and directions in the field, both at the fundamental and applied levels.  Optical angular momentum has received recent and significant interest in a myriad of scientific fields including applications in optical fiber, free space, and quantum communication, optical trapping, biomedical photonics, and super-resolution imaging. Optical angular momentum will inevitably be at the foundation of our society's future technologies.

Two City College physicists are among the chairs of the conference committee: Distinguished Professor Robert R. Alfano and Giovanni Milione, NEC Labs. America (United States) 

Technology Opportunity: Optical food spoilage analyzer using native fluorescence spectroscopy

Using a Light-emitting diode (LED) in ultraviolet (UV) range and a CMOS sensor or a spectrometer, a new optical device, developed by the Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers, enables analysis of the degree of food spoilage in a rapid, reagent-less, non-contact and non-destructive way.  The optical food spoilage analyzer (OFSA) can be used to measure bacteria aggregation upon fresh meat without proper storage, and so may have applications to families, supermarkets, and departments of sanitation.  More...


Physics Department Newsletter

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



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