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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.
Fall 2016 Classes

PHYS 123:
Analytical Physics I

    An analytical, calculus-based treatment of kinematics, Newton's laws, kinetic and potential energy, friction, linear momentum, angular momentum, rotational dynamics, gravitational physics, and simple
    harmonic motion. Notes: Both PHYS 123 and either PHYS 114 or PHYS 124 must be passed to receive core credit. A student may not receive credit for both PHYS 113 and PHYS 123. Prerequisites/Corequisites: MATH 221 or permission of deparment. PHYS 114 or PHYS 124 or permission of department. Offered every fall
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PHYS 341:
Seminar in Physics

    Presentations are made by students enrolled, faculty members, and invited guests. Each student is expected to attend each scheduled meeting and to make at least one oral presentation on a topic approv
    ed by the instructor. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of department.
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PHYS 352:
Quantum Mechanics I

    An introductory course in the theory of non-relativistic quantum mechanics in its currently accepted form. Experiments resulting in the mathematical formulation of quantum theory are discussed. Hilb
    ert space vectors, operator algebra, and the postulates of quantum mechanics lead to proofs of the compatibility theorem and the uncertainty principle. The states of a particle, as determined by Schroedinger's Equation, are studied in several situations. Prerequisites: PHYS 224, PHYS 228, MATH 326 or permission of department. Offered every fall
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