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Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union!

At Union, physics and astronomy classes are small and personal, instruction is characterized by individual attention, labs are taught by the regular faculty rather than by graduate students, and all students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research with faculty.

Please visit the links at the top of the page for more information about our department and download our brochure. Please feel free to contact us with questions:

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Science & Engineering Center
Union College
Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: (518) 388-6254
Fax: (518) 388-6947
Department Chair: Seyfollah Maleki
Department Administrative Assistant: Lynnette Stec

Jeopardy! asks question about Chad Orzel’s book

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Faculty, News | Comments Off on Jeopardy! asks question about Chad Orzel’s book

A question on the May 23 episode of Jeopardy! featured the work of Chad Orzel, the R. Gordon Gould Association Professor of Physics. See this video.

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Ion-Beam Analysis Group Publishes Paper

Posted by on Mar 16, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Ion-Beam Analysis Group Publishes Paper

The Ion-Beam Analysis Group recently published a paper, “PIXE Analysis of Synthetic Turf,” in Environment and Ecology Research. The authors are Michael Vineyard, the Frank and Marie Louise Bailey Professor of Physics; Scott LaBrake, senior lecturer of physics; Sajju Chalise ’19; Morgan Clark ’17; Skye Conlan ’18; and Zachary Porat ’20. See also: ARTICLE_INFO and Download...

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Prof. Vineyard Presents at 7th International Symposium on Energy

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Prof. Vineyard Presents at 7th International Symposium on Energy

Prof. Michael Vineyard presented a paper titled “PIXE Analysis of Synthetic Turf” at the 7th International Symposium on Energy in Manchester, England, on Aug. 13-17, 2017. The project was performed in collaboration with Scott LaBrake, Sajju Chalise (’19), Morgan Clark (’17), Skye Conlan (’18), and Zack Porat (’20). The focus of the study is to measure the concentrations of elements heavier than calcium in synthetic turf blade and infill samples to search for the presence of heavy metals and other toxic...

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