Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Department has a faculty of about 60, some 30 of whom conduct research in experimental physics and participate in this program. Many of the faculty eagerly seek MSI students for their laboratories because of the utility of the instrumentation systems developed by the students. There are about 175 graduate students in the Ph.D. program, and the MSI students have a strong symbiotic relationship with them. The considerable overlap of interests of these two groups provides motivation and stimulus for each of them while the diversity of viewpoints and skills enables mutual enrichment. Many of the projects are directed toward the Ph.D. work of students who therefore help, encourage, and instruct their MSI counterparts. Similarly, the MSI students help in laboratories with instrumentation and electronic projects.

Connected to Industry

The Stony Brook area has a large number of scientific and technologically oriented enterprises. The campus has Ph.D. granting departments in all the major scientific disciplines, a modern and comprehensive health sciences center offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, and a large number of science-oriented professors. It also has a College of Business and a School of Journalism for those with broader interests. The Center of Excellence in Wireless & Information Technology, located on the campus, is a $250 million dollar government/industry/academic partnership leading the next wave of the wireless and information technology revolution. The Long Island High Technology Incubator, also affiliated with the University, is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping new technologically-innovative companies to grow by providing them with a variety of support resources and services. This institution is therefore ideally suited for the education and training of capable scientists whose specialty is the modern instrumentation associated with scientific research and modern industry.

Connected to National Laboratories

Our MSI 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., in the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, in the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, in the National Synchrotron Light Source and elsewhere. There will be a significant expansion as the new NSLS-II synchrotron that is being designed, built, and operated. 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.