Dr. Dana Casetti's work on the birth of the stars is featured here.
Dr Evan Finch's work on the strange matter is featured here.
The Department of Physics at Southern Connecticut State University offers bachelor's
and master's degrees with versatile program options for students wishing to focus
on applied physics, engineering, teaching, and/or the path to becoming a professional
physicist. Coursework and research are led by an energetic and accomplished group
of nine full-time and six adjunct faculty members. The department continues to grow
in size and course offerings, with more than 80 undergraduate physics majors and a
graduate program serving 15. The department has a tradition of holding significant
external grants, continues to acquire cutting edge research instrumentation, and is
now housed in the new state-of-the-art science building, which has an architectural
design as technologically innovative as it is aesthetically impressive.
The Physics Department has collaborative ties with technology-oriented companies in
Connecticut to complement our interactions with physics and engineering faculty at
nearby Yale and other universities. We are also actively involved in public outreach,
including work to promote science education in Connecticut public schools and other
activities. Physics degree programs all include extensive opportunities for undergraduate
and master's-level student research participation and guided independent study. Including
elementary courses, the department's total annual enrollment is the largest of all
physics departments in Connecticut institutions of higher education. With all of
our students, we seek to build active curiosity, investigative skills, intellectual
independence and confidence. We teach for understanding and assess for long-term
mastery. Faculty carry out scholarly work leading to publication or presentation
at professional meetings, commensurate with the primary teaching mission of the institution.
Physics faculty scholarship involves students, and encourages them to see themselves
as part of the larger community of scientists. Within the past few years, six of
our undergraduate students co-authored peer-reviewed papers that were accepted for
publication in the proceedings of major research conferences. We have numerous laboratories
equipped with research-grade apparatus dedicated to:
materials characterization by atomic force scanning probe and electron microscopy,
spectrophotometry, custom apparatus for measurement of electrical and thermal transport
properties (superconductors) at low temperatures
advanced sample preparation techniques for transmission and scanning electron microscopy
laser spectroscopy, interferometric, fiber optic and other photonics studies
astronomical imaging and instrument development
computational modelling of exotic magnetic systems and other many body events
high temperature superconductivity
Faculty also have ongoing work at leading national facilities such as Brookhaven National
Laboratory and the Gemini Observatory.
If you are curious about how the universe works, if you like to tinker and explore,
if problem solving is a passion, then you are interested in Physics. Come discover
the beauty and power of fundamental science at Southern.