Faculty Bio

Brian Daly

Associate Professor of Physics and Chair of Physics and Astronomy


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, Physics 320, an introduction to quantum mechanics, and an advanced topics course in solid state physics.

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 18 articles and letters in peer-reviewed journals. He has received three National Science Foundation research grants totalling over $600,000.  Brian and his students present research at national and international conferences.