The Department has a faculty of about 60, with roughly half conducting research in experimental physics whereas the other half works on problems in theoretical physics. Many of the faculty eagerly seek MA students for their laboratories or to do research on a project in theoretical physics. There are about 175 graduate students in the Ph.D. program, and the MA students have a strong symbiotic relationship with them. Students in the MA program take the same courses as students in the Ph.D. program and many students in the MA program transfer to the Ph.D. program.
Connections to National Laboratories
Our Master Degree and Ph.D. students find exciting research and job opportunities in Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), one of the largest research
centers in the United States. Several of our professors have research programs at BNL, e.g., at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, at the
Center for Functional Nanomaterials, in the National Synchrotron Light Source and elsewhere.
There will be a significant expansion when the new NSLS-II synchrotron, that is now being built, is operational.
Many BNL staff scientists have adjunct appointments in
our Department. We have research programs and/or collaborations at the Argonne National Laboratory, the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, the
Fermilab Tevatron Collider, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and neutrino facilities in Japan.