Main Contact
Charles Adler
Professor of Physics
cladler@smcm.edu
Schaefer Hall 240
Organization Description
The Physics Department at St. Mary’s is dedicated to creating an environment for students to learn and grow both as physicists and individuals.
April 4, 2022
On Wednesday, April 6, at 5:45 p.m., Professor of Physics Josh Grossman will virtually give the SMCM Natural Sciences & Mathematics Colloquium, titled, “How quantum computing will soon transform chemistry, biology, computer science, physics, materials science, national security, finance,… Find Out More
November 4, 2021
Chuck Adler, professor and chair of the physics department, will be interviewed on the programs "Mission Log Live" and the "Coffee in Space" podcast on Monday, November 8, 10 p.m. EST and Friday, November 12, 4 p.m. EST, respectively.  He will discuss topics involving the science of science fiction… Find Out More
August 17, 2021
Professors of Physics Charles Adler and Professor of Art Carrie Patterson will present individually during the TEDxGreatMills free virtual event entitled EMERGE! on September 18, 2021, along with Professor Emeritus of English Michael Glaser and SMCM Alumna Rie Moore ’19. Nine speakers will present… Find Out More
August 11, 2021
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, in continued partnership with The Patuxent Partnership (TPP) - a local nonprofit organization that works with government, industry, and academia on initiatives in science and technology - has awarded the inaugural The Patuxent Partnership Physics Scholarship. 

First… Find Out More
June 28, 2021
Josh Grossman, professor of physics, served on the organizing committee and facilitated sessions at the Quantum Undergraduate Education & Scientific Training (QUEST) workshop held virtually June 3-4. 
Quantum Information Science & Technology (QIST) is beginning to transform computing,… Find Out More
June 28, 2021
For all faculty engaged in summer advising, and also for the fall: please remember to let any students interested in the Physics program know that both tracks of the Physics program (Physics and Applied Physics) are available as majors.  Those who are potentially interested in the program should… Find Out More
June 4, 2021
St. Mary’s College of Maryland Professor of Physics Charles L. Adler is featured in this Physics article, “When Sci-Fi Predicts the Future–and When it Doesn’t,” looking at why some science fiction ideas never make it off the written page or into a movie. Adler recently released a video lecture… Find Out More
May 13, 2021
Schrödinger's equation is the fundamental equation of quantum mechanics. This equation is commonly regarded as a "wave equation" reflecting "wave-particle duality" that lies at the heart of quantum mechanics. In this article, Professor Emeritus of Physics Katsunori Mita presents it as a diffusion… Find Out More
March 15, 2021
St. Mary’s College of Maryland has partnered with Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, to offer an engineering dual degree program.  The program, considered one of the country’s premier engineering programs, is now in its 48th year at Washington University.

“While the St. Mary’s College… Find Out More
February 24, 2021
Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Kelly Neiles, along with colleagues at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, have accepted an invitation from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to participate in an Inclusive Excellence Learning Community. The award includes $30,000… Find Out More