Office Hours

Tuesday 1:30-3:30

Wedneday 1:00-2:30

Friday 9:00-10:30

Others available by appointment

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"The Mind is not a vessel to be Filled,  But a Fire to be Lighted." - Plutarch

"A physicist is just an atom's way of looking at itself." -Neils Bohr

 "Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort" - F.D.R.

"It is noble to teach oneself, but still nobler to teach others--and less trouble." - Mark Twain

"Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously." -G. K.Chesterton

 "But is it not stirring to understand how the world actually works — that white light is made of colors, that color is the way we perceive the wavelengths of light, that transparent air reflects light, that in so doing it discriminates among the waves, and that the sky is blue for the same reason that the sunset is red? It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it." -Carl Sagan


Kurt Fletcher

SUNY Distinguished

Teaching Professor of

Physics & Astronomy

ISC 218
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Kurt Fletcher has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1993.  He was awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1997 and was promoted to Professor in 2003.  In 2011, Fletcher was named a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor.  Dr. Fletcher and his wife live in Geneseo.  They have two sons.


Faculty Information


  • Ph.D. & M.S., Nuclear Physics; University of North Carolina
  • B.S., Physics; Rochester Institute of Technology
  • A.S., Physics & A.A.S.; Jamestown Community College

Research Interests

The NYS Master Teachers - Finger Lakes

PhysTEC at Geneseo


NSF-MSP-POPS     Local POPS Website

Deuterated Polymer Targets

Layering Sphere

Time-of-Flight Experiment

Charge Injection Devices

Publications and Professional Activities

  • “The Magnetic Recoil Spectrometer for Measurements of the Absolute Neutron Spectrum at OMEGA and the NIF,” D. Casey, J. Frenje, M. Gatu Johnson, F. Seguin, C. Li, R. Petrasso, V. Yu. Glebov, J. Katz, J. Magoon, D. Meyerhofer, T.C. Sangster, M. Shoup, J. Ulreich, R.C. Ashabranner, R.M. Bionta, A.C. Carpenter, B. Felker, H.Y. Khater, S. LePape, A. MacKinnon, M.A. McKernan, M. Moran, J.R. Rygg, M.F. Yeoman, R. Zacharias, R. Leeper, K. Fletcher, M. Farrell, D. Jasion, J. Kilkenny, R. Paguio, Rev. of Sci. Instru. 84, 043506 (2013).
  • "Generating Excitement: Build Your Own Generator to Study the Transfer of Energy," K. Fletcher, K. Rommel Esham, D. Farthing, A. Sheldon, Science Scope 35 (2011) 52-57.
  • “Probing High Areal-density Cryogenic Deuterium-Tritium Implosions using Downscattered Neutron Spectra Measured by the Magnetic Recoil Spectrometer,” J. A. Frenje, D. T. Casey, C. K. Li, F. H. Séguin, R. D. Petrasso, V. Yu. Glebov, P. B. Radha, T. C. Sangster, D. D. Meyerhofer,S. P. Hatchett, S. W. Haan, C. J. Cerjan, O. L. Landen, K. A. Fletcher, and R. J. Leeper, Physics of Plasmas 17 (2010) 056311.
  • “Detection of Charged Particles with Charge Injection Devices,” K.A. Fletcher, B. Apker, S. Hammond, J. Punaro, F.J. Marshall, J. Laine, R. Forties, Reviews of Scientific Instruments 78 (2007) 063301-1.
Spring 2016 Classes

HONR 205:
N/HrSem-Sci:Quantum Revolution

    This seminar offers an introduction to a topic or set of topics drawn from the sciences, as designated by the subtitle. Typical subtitles are: Galileo, Medieval or Modern? What is Light? and Deciphe
    ring DNA. The course is designed to engage all students and will not assume any prior knowledge of the discipline(s) involved. As a seminar, the class will focus on a lively discussion and analysis of the issues. May be repeated more than once only with permission from director of the Honors Program. Prerequisites: HONR 202 or permission of program director. Offered once per year
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HONR 215:
N/Science Seminar Lab:

    The laboratory component of Honr 205 will provide students with a hands-on approach to topics under consideration. Students will collect and analyze data, develop and test hypotheses, and through the
    se processes, come to understand the methodology of the scientific topics investigated in the course. Prerequisite: Co-requisite: HONR 205.
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PHYS 126:
Analytical Physics II Lab

    An experimental course developing laboratory and analytical skills in physics. Includes experiments in electric fields, Ohm's law, use of the oscilloscope, and electric circuits. Prerequisites: PHYS
    124 or permission of department. Corequisites: PHYS 125 or permission of department. Offered every spring
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PHYS 224:
Analytical Physics IV

    This course will include elementary quantum theory, Schrodinger's equation, wave properties of matter, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, atomic structure and the Bohr atom. Special topics may inclu
    de a survey of material from different subfields of physics such as cosmology, solid state physics, nuclear physics, etc. Prerequisites: PHYS 223, MATH 223, or permission of department. Corequisites: PHYS 228 or permission of department. Offered every spring
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