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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook offers a diverse program and consistently ranks amongst the best and largest in the country. In less than 50 years we have produced over 1000 PhD degrees. The 2010 NRC ranking which is the most prestigeous ranking in the US, ranks us among to the top 15 programs in the country. The CN Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics is a leading center for high energy physics, string theory and statistical mechanics. An exciting new direction is the recently created Simons Center for Geometry and Physics with focus on the interface of physics and mathematics. Stony Brook has recently become a partner in the Palomar 5 m Hale telescope and is a founding member of the SMARTS telescope consortium which offer exciting opportunities for astronomy students. Research in biophysics can be conducted at the Laufer Center.

Stony Brook co-manages nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory which conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in climate and energy technologies. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities that include the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) and its successor now under construction, NSLS-II.

Including the opportunities offered by BNL, research possibilities can be found in virtually all areas of Physics and Astronomy. Our community is an exciting environment conducive to first class research and alumni are in leading positions at Universities, National Laboratories, Industries and Governments all over the world.

News and Events

March 17 PhD Defense of Pin-Ju Tien
March 8-9 Open House
January 2015 Hans Niederhausen is on the South Pole
January 2015 Paper of Chris Corder featured by PRL
January 2015 Paper of Andrey Gromov featured by PRL
December 11 PhD defense of Wei Wu
November 21 PhD defense of Michael Assis
November 21 PhD defense of Chris Corder
October 23 PhD defense of Nathan Cook
September 23 1000th PhD defense by Hyejin Ryu

Congratulations to Matt von Hippel for winning the Presidents award for Distinguished Doctoral students and Madalena Lemos for winning the Marburger Fellowship for Science, Engineering and Mathematics.


Open House, March 8-9: The program starts at 4.30 pm on Sunday March 8 followed by a dinner in the Port JefferesonCountry Club at 6 pm. Monday morning March 9 showcases presentations by the research groups and the highlight of the afternoon is an excursion to Brookhaven National Laboratory. In the evening there are dinners in the homes of faculty. (Only for admitted students presently in the US or Canada.)

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