Department of Physics & Astronomy


October 2014

  • Click here to read Professor Luis Anchordoqui's recent interview with New Scientist magazine regarding the exciting new observation of a burst of high-energy neutrinos by the IceCube observatory. These neutrinos appear to originate at the center of the Milky Way, and follow an X-ray flare coming from our galaxy's supermassive black hole, making this the first source of high energy neutrinos ever detected.

August 2014

  • The Department of Physics and Astronomy is delighted to welcome Professor Luis Anchordoqui as its newest faculty member. Professor Anchordoqui's research is focused on phenomenology of elementary particles, with applications to high energy astrophysics, cosmology, and collider physics. Central to his work in high energy astrophysics are cosmic ray experiments as part of the Pierre Augur collaboration. Prof. Anchordoqui comes to us from the University of Wisconsin.
  • We are also very pleased to welcome Doctor Tom Paul, who joins the department as post-doctoral fellow and adjunct professor. Dr Paul works closely with Prof. Anchordoqui as part of the Pierre Augur collaboration, where he serves as Data Processing and Analysis Task Leader.

May 2014

  • The Department is proud to congratulate this year's winners of our Departmental awards: Nayra Lancuna for the Gillet Memorial Prize for the senior student demonstrating the most knowledge in general physics, and Juan Guerras for the Mukerji prize for showing exceptional promise in first year physics. We also congratulate Nayra, Rashidul Bari, and Kamalich Reyes on their graduation.


May 2013

April 2013

  • As part of the Advanced Test Reactor Users Week, eight Lehman students will visit the Idaho National Lab on a fully-funded visit to learn the ins and outs of this state of the art nuclear energy testing facility. Three of our physics majors, Elvis Garcia, Moukapha Adoyi, and Hyun Chun, will participate.

March 2013

  • Professor Christopher Gerry's new popular science book, "The Quantum Divide: Why Schrödinger's Cat is Either Dead or Alive", co-authored with Kimberly Bruno, has been released by Oxford University Press. This book gives very accessible, yet thorough descriptions of the most important experiments that have shaped our understanding of the quantum world, and describes the implications of these experiments for the nature of the microscopic world, and its connection to the macroscopic world.

February 2013

  • NASA has awarded funding to Prof. Matt O'Dowd to produce a short documentary in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, to be played at the museum, online, and subscribing institutions around the country. The working title for the film is "Einstein's Weird Gravity", and will explore some of the strange prediction of Einstein's theory of general relativity - namely black holes and gravitational lensing.

January 2013

  • We are please to announce that Professor Dimitra Karabali has been selected as KITP scholar for 2013-2015. Each year, the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics offers these prestigious visiting scholarships to a small number of outstanding researchers in theoretic physics.

September 2012

  • Congratulations to Professors Eugene Chudnovsky and Dmitry Garanin for their successful three-year NSF research grant, titled "Spin Tunneling, Decoherence, and Collective Effects in Nanomagnetic Systems"

August 2012

  • Professor Daniel Kabat has been elected as the new chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The faculty and students offer our congratulations and thanks for accepting this new role. Thanks also to Professor Dimitra Karabali for her tireless efforts as chair for the past six years.

June 2012

  • Professor Matt O'Dowd's team has been granted observing time with the Hubble Space Telescope, for their program titled "Quasar accretion disks:" is the standard model valid?" This program will utilize Hubble to observe gravitationally lensed quasars, and provide the best-to-date measurements of accretion disk temperature profiles.
  • Professor Eugene Chudnovsky co-organized with the University of Barcelona the 8th International Workshop on Magnetism and Superconductivity at the Nanoscale, Comaruga-Spain, which featured contributions by Lehman College physics students.

January 2012

  • We are happy to announce that Professor Daniel Kabat has been selected as an Outstanding Referee for the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters journals. This is an important honor, acknowledging Prof. Kabat's service to physics through his dedication to the peer review process. He joins Professors Chudnovsky and Gerry as recipients of the Outstanding Referee award.

November 2011

  • On November 5th, Lehman College physics majors Richard Birrittella, Raul Carranza, Mark Davis, Anna Gura, and Saaber Shoyeb attended the Syracuse University Undergraduate Research Day, where they presented the results of their research to a broad audience of physics researchers and students. Their work, conducted with Professors Christopher Gerry and Dmitry Garanin, was showcased in a series of excellent talks and posters. The Department would like to thank our students for providing such a strong representation for Lehman physics





  • We are proud to announce that Professor Christopher Gerry has been elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society. This high accolade represents peer recognition of Professor Gerry's distinguished standing and many seminal contributions in his fields of research.



    Professor Gerry's APS fellowship citation reads:

    "For pioneering work in quantum optical interferometry using photon number parity measurements, quantum state engineering for superpositions of macroscopically distinguishable states, and application of group theoretical methods to quantum optics."

September 2011

  • We are pleased to report the success of Professor Karabali and Professor Kabat's CUNY Collaborative Incentive Research Grant, titled "Studies in Field Theory and Gravity". This grant provides $30,000 over one year for collaborative research with Professors Polychronakos and Nair of City College.
  • Congratulations to Professor Dimitra Karabali for her successful National Science Foundation grant, “Investigations of gauge theories and the Casimir effect”.  This grant will provide $105,000 over three years for work on this project.

August 2011

  • The Department of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to welcome Professor Matt O'Dowd as its newest faculty member. Professor O'Dowd is an observational astrophysicist, and specializes in studies of quasars, gravitational lensing, and galaxy evolution, with a particular emphasis on space-based observations. He will greatly expand the Department's course offerings and research activity in astronomy and astrophysics, both at an undergraduate and graduate level. Dr O'Dowd comes to us from Columbia University.

July 2011

  • Distinguished Professor Eugene Chudnovsky was a co-organizer of the 7th International Workshop on Magnetism and Superconductivity at the Nanoscale at Coma-Ruga, Spain, July 3-7, 2011.  This was the latest conference in a very successful series, and it proved as vibrant and popular as its forerunners.
  • The Department congratulates Professor Daniel Kabat on receiving the 2011 Faculty Recognition Award for Scholarship and Research, Lehman College, CUNY.

April 2011

  • Congratulations to Professors Christopher Gerry, Dmitry Garanin, Daniel Kabat and Eugene Chudnovsky, who have all received PSC-CUNY awards.
  • Distinguished Professor Eugene Chudnovsky received a $240K grant for three years from the Department of Energy to continue his research on “The Dynamics of the Magnetic Flux in Superconductors”.

March 2011

  • Congratulations to Kezi Cheng from the Bronx High School of Science for becoming a Siemens and Intel semifinalist for her project "Photon Number Parity Oscillations in the Jaynes-Cummings Model: Field Parity Oscillations Without Photon Exchange.” Kezi was mentored by Professor Christopher Gerry.

February 2011

  • The American Physical Society has elected Distinguished Professor of Physics Eugene Chudnovsky as an officer in its Forum on International Physics. In this new role, which he began in January and will continue for the next three years, Professor Chudnovsky plans to work on promoting greater cooperation with physicists in Arab countries, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Read more…

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