2013-2014 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) 
    Mar 22, 2018  
2013-2014 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Applied Physics

Head: Lorcan M. Folan

Mission Statement

The NYU School of Engineering Department of Applied Physics is committed to providing high-quality introductory-, intermediate- and advanced-level physics courses as services to the School’s engineering and science departments. The major programs train new generations of physicists who apply the tools of physics to contemporary problems to benefit all. The department, collaborating closely with other departments, employs physics knowledge and techniques to enable engineering research and education, and serve as a catalyst for research in other scientific fields.

Physics: The Fundamental Science

Physics is the science devoted to the study and understanding of nature. It traces its history back to Aristotle and derives its name from the Greek words for nature and natural. Physics is often said to be the most fundamental science which deals with the constituents, properties and evolution of the entire universe, on all length and time scales. Applied Physics is the branch of physics where the implications and uses of fundamental physics knowledge are explored and exploited.

Contact Information

Polytechnic School of Engineering
Six MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: (718) 260-3072
Fax: (718) 260-3139
E-mail: appliedphysics@poly.edu
Web: http://engineering.nyu.edu/academics/departments/physics

Degrees Offered

The department offers Applied Physics, B.S.  and Applied Physics, M.S.  degrees, and a dual major degree in Mathematics and Physics , administered in cooperation with the Department of Mathematics. Students may elect to take a minor in Applied Physics  or elect a Nuclear Sciences and Engineering Concentration  or a Nuclear Sciences and Engineering Minor , administered in cooperation with the Department of Mechanical Engineering.  Read more about the Applied Physics Program .



Stephen Arnold, University and Thomas Potts Professor
PhD, City University of New York
Microparticle Photophysics, Whispering Gallery Mode Biosensing, Organic Molecular Crystals

Kurt H. Becker, Professor Dr. rer. net., Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany
Atomic, Molecular, and Chemical Physics; Plasma Physics; Development of New Experimental Techniques and Processes

Erich E. Kunhardt, Professor
PhD, Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Low temperature plasma physics, device physics

Edward L. Wolf, Professor
PhD, Cornell University
Experimental condensed matter physics superconductivity; nanophysics and nanotechnology; electron tunneling spectroscopy

Associate Professor

Lorcan M. Folan, Associate Professor, Department Head
PhD, Polytechnic University
Spectroscopic characterization of aerosol particles; optical properties of micro-cavities; energy transfer in condensed matter; electron capture beta decay

Industry Professors

Victor Y. Barinov, Industry Associate Professor
PhD, Academy of Science of the Ukraine

Valery A. Sheverev, Industry Professor, Director of Physics Laboratory Program
PhD, Leningrad State University

Vladimir I. Tsifrinovich, Industry Associate Professor
DSc, Kirensky Institute of Physics, Academy of Science, USSR


S. John DiBartolo, Lecturer
PhD, University of Virginia

David T. Mugglin, Lecturer
PhD, Lehigh University

Vladimir Ostrovsky, Lecturer
DSc, Kiev Institute of Physics, Academy of Science, USSR

Adjunct Faculty

Akhil Lal, Adjunct Professor
PhD, Polytechnic University

Olga Dulub, Adjunct Professor
PhD, Tulane University

Lyudmila Malikova, Adjunct Professor
PhD, State University Kishinev, Moldova

Benjamin Nachumi, Adjunct Professor
PhD, Columbia University

Vladimir Petricevic, Adjunct Professor
PhD, City University of New York

Patrick Rapp, Adjunct Professor
PhD, Columbia University

Siyka I Shopova, Adjunct Professor
PhD, Oklahoma State University

Emeritus Faculty

Deo C. Choudhury, Professor Emeritus
PhD, University of California

Hellmut J. Juretschke, Professor Emeritus
PhD, Harvard University