Faculty

Department Chair:  Aparna Venkatesan

Hana Böttger

Assistant Professor and Architecture & Community Design Program Director
(415) 422-4690

Hana Mori Böttger is the Program Director for Architecture & Community Design, which she joined in 2005. She teaches physics, design, structural...

Education:

MS University of California at Berkeley, 2000 | MArch University of California at Berkeley, 2002

Courses:

Introduction to Construction Materials, Intl Dev & Comm Outreach, Nicaragua Outreach Immersion, Introduction to Structural Engineering, Engineering, Design and Testing, Special Topics, Directed Study/Research, Community Design Outreach (SL), Thesis Preparation Seminar, Concepts in Physics, Laboratory

Thomas Böttger

Professor
(415) 422-5716

Tom Böttger studies optical, dynamical, and magnetic properties of solids, specifically optical materials doped with rare earth ions. This work is...

Education:

PhD in Physics, Montana State University - Bozeman, 2002

Courses:

Introductory Physics I, Introductory Physics II, General Physics I, Physics by Inquiry, Laboratory, Intro to Digital Electronics, Optics, Physics Colloquium, Laboratory, Directed Study for Advanced Undergraduates

Brandon Brown

Professor
(415) 422-6179

Brandon Brown pursued doctoral training in superconductivity and low-temperature physics, with postdoctoral work in science communication. Once at...

Education:

PhD, 1997, Oregon State University.

Expertise:

High-temperature superconductivity, Sensory biophysics, Science communication, The life and work of Max Planck

Courses:

Introductory Physics I, Laboratory, Introductory Physics II, General Physics I, General Physics II, Statistical & Thermal Physics, Physics Colloquium, Directed Study for Advanced Undergraduates

Horacio Camblong

Professor
(415) 422-2364

Professor Camblong's research has been centered on miscellaneous topics in quantum field theory, gravitational physics, and many-body theory. His...

Education:

PhD, New York University, 1993

Courses:

Astronomy: From the Earth to the Cosmos, The Geometry of the Cosmos: Einstein, Black Holes, and the Big Bang, Electromagnetism, Quantum Mechanics, Methods of Mathematical Physics, General Relativity

Seth Foreman

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4510

Education:

PhD, JILA, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2007

Courses:

Laboratory, General Physics I, Masterpiece Physics, General Physics II, Laboratory, Modern Physics, Analytical Mechanics, Optics, Upper Division Lab I, Directed Study for Advanced Undergraduates, Directed Research for Advanced Undergraduates

William Golightly

Adjunct Professor

Research experience: Theory of the waveguide free-electron laser, use of inverse AC Josephson effect in voltage standards.

Education:

PhD, University of California San Diego, 1995

Courses:

Laboratory, Laboratory, Laboratory, Laboratory, Modern Physics

Xiaosheng Huang

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6281

My research interests are in observational cosmology. Fourteen years after the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe (Nobel Prize...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Physics (2004)

Courses:

Astronomy: From the Earth to the Cosmos, Planetary Astronomy, Computational Physics, Astrophysics, Physics Colloquium, Methods of Mathematical Physics

Terrence Mulera

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5701

Areas of interest: Relativistic collisions of heavy ions, radiation detector development, neutrino oscillations, rare decays of the pion.

Education:

PhD in Physics, Purdue University, 1974

Courses:

Laboratory, Laboratory, Laboratory, Laboratory, Laboratory, Laboratory, Laboratory, Directed Study for Advanced Undergraduates

Aparna Venkatesan

Associate Professor and Department Chair
(415) 422-6152

Hello! I am currently Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of San Francisco. Please...

Education:

MS and PhD, University of Chicago | BA in Astronomy, Cornell University

Expertise:

Theoretical Astrophysics, Cosmology, First Stars and Primordial Supernovae, Cosmological Reionization, Cosmic Element Synthesis, Microwave Background, Dark Stars, Astrobiology

Courses:

Astronomy: From the Earth to the Cosmos, Planetary Astronomy, Laboratory, Ancient Astronomy, Astrophysics

Contact Info

Department of Physics

Harney Science Center 144, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1082 (415) 422-6155 (415) 422-2567