The Physics and Astronomy Department at Lehman College is active in research in theoretical physics, particularly in the areas of astrophysics, condensed matter physics, high-energy physics and quantum optics/quantum information.  All faculty members are distinguished researchers and mentors with a large number of publications and citations in major peer reviewed journals. Research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Professional Staff Congress, CUNY. There are current research collaborations with City College at CUNY, Columbia University, Illinois State University, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, New York University, University of Barcelona, Université de Versailles, and York University.

  • Distinguished Professor Eugene M. Chudnovsky (GI-229)
    Magnetism and superconductivity, including quantum tunneling of the magnetic moment; quantum dynamics of the magnetic flux in superconductors; molecular nanomagnets; and magnetic and superconducting qubits.
  • Professor Dmitry A. Garanin (GI-329)
    Collective spin-phonon relaxation with coherence effects in dynamically correlated dense paramagnets such as crystals of molecular magnets; spin tunneling; many-body dynamics of magnetic nanoparticles and magnetic elements.
  • Graduate students: Amel Derras-Chouk
  • Professor Daniel Kabat (GI-131)
    String theory and quantum gravity with applications to cosmology and black holes, including holographic descriptions of bulk gravitational physics, string dynamics at high temperature, modified theories of gravity and the cosmological constant.
  • Professor Dimitra Karabali (GI-136)
    Nonperturbative aspects of gauge theories, such as confinement and mass gap, matrix models, noncommutative field theories, higher dimensional quantum Hall systems, bosonization.
    • Graduate students: Antonina Maj
    • Postdoctoral fellows: Phuc Nguyen
  • Professor Christopher Gerry (GI-134)
    Properties and methods of generating nonclassical states of light, high-resolution interferometry with light and atoms, cavity quantum electrodynamics, quantum information processing, fundamental tests of quantum mechanics.
  • Professor Luis Anchordoqui (GI-132)
    Phenomenology of elementary particles with applications to high energy astrophysics, cosmology, and collider physics.
  • Associate Professor Matt O'Dowd (GI-139)
    Observational and theoretical extragalactic astrophysics.
  • Research scientist: Thomas Paul
  • Graduate students: Henry Best, Joshua Fagin, Bridget Ierace, Jorge Soriano, Vishal Verma