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Peter D. Persans

Professor of  Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy
and Center for Integrated Electronics

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 Eighth Street, Troy, NY 12180-3590
  Telephone: 518-276-2934
FAX: 518-276-6680
email: persap(at)

Office: Science Center, Room 1C10


REU in Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy at Rensselaer – We will not be hosting a Physics REU site at Rensselaer in Summer 2023.


Fall 2022
            PHYS 1140 – Introductory Modern Physics (for Physics freshmen)

PHYS 1200 – Physics 2
            PHYS 4960 - Physics Mentoring

PHYS 1960 – Professional Development for Physicists

PHYS 2960/4960 –Teaching Physics Seminar
Spring 2023
            PHYS 2210 – Quantum Physics 1
            PHYS 2220 – Quantum Physics 2


Physics Advising – Presentations

Finding Your Way Through Physics at Rensselaer

Preparation for Graduate School and the Physics GRE

Education and Employment

BS Physics -1975 -Polytechnic Institute of New York
PhD Physics -1982 -University of Chicago (Thesis advisor: H. Fritzsche)
Research Physicist -Exxon Corporate Research (1981-1986)
Physics Faculty -Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1986-present)

Research interests and expertise:

o   Optoelectronic and structural properties of amorphous, nanocrystalline, and quantum dot materials

o   Optoelectronic devices and solar cells

o   Physics Educational Development

o   I-PERSIST First Semester Mentoring Program

o   Physics Summer BRIDGE Program

o   Remote Access Laboratory Experiments - Real-time access to introductory Physics experiments

Selected Publications: (for a full publication list click here)


Amorphous semiconductors, Semiconductor quantum dots, and nanostructures


Thin Films, and Interfaces