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,
Congratulations to Wolfger Peelaers and Mao Zeng for winning the Distinguished Doctoral Student Award and Yiming Zhong for for winning the Dresden Thesis Award.