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Brian Daly Professor of Physics

Brian’s research interests are thermal and acoustic phenomena in thin solid films and nanostructures as studied by ultrafast laser experiments. Prior to coming to Vassar in 2005, he worked for three years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is co-author of 20 articles and letters in peer-reviewed journals. He has received four National Science Foundation research grants totaling over $900,000. Brian and his students present research at national and international conferences.
  • BS, College of the Holy Cross; MA, PhD, Brown University
  • At Vassar since 2005

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Education

  • PhD, Physics, Brown University, 2003
  • Masters, Physics, Brown University, 1998
  • BS, Physics, College of the Holy Cross, 1996

Teaching Interests

Brian Daly teaches a range of physics courses in the department, including introductory physics, Physics 202/203, the intermediate laboratory course, Physics 245, statistical and thermal physics, an advanced topics course in solid state physics, and a team taught, cross-listed course for non-physics majors: PHYS/RELI/STS 160 Relatively Uncertain, A History of Physics, Religion, and Popular Culture.

Research Interests

Brian’s research interests are thermal and acoustic phenomena in thin solid films and nanostructures as studied by ultrafast laser experiments. Prior to coming to Vassar in 2005, he worked for three years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is co-author of 20 articles and letters in peer-reviewed journals. He has received four National Science Foundation research grants totaling over $900,000. Brian and his students present research at national and international conferences.