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Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University has a diverse research program that consistently ranks amongst the strongest and largest in the United States.  In addition to long running, highly successful research programs, our department has recently undergone an extraordinary rejuvenation of its faculty. This rejuvenation creates the opportunity for a significant increase in the undergraduate research opportunities we can offer, as well as presenting excellent role models for students from underrepresented groups in Physics and Astronomy.

 The research program in our department is very broad. We anticipate offering research projects to REU students on experimental, theoretical and computational tracks within the areas of: Accelerator Physics, Astronomy, Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Cosmology, High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics.

In many of these areas there are strong interactions with Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), which is half an hour’s drive from Stony Brook and connected by frequent shuttle bus service, enabling easy access to major facilities, such as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC),  National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) and Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN).

For much for information, visit the SBU Dept of Physics and Astronomy website

Lin and Abhay at the Umbilic Torus TPC at the Poster Session, 2019 Breakthrough Prize for Dr. van Nieuwenhuizen