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Photo of Samya Bano Zain, Ph.D.

Samya Bano Zain, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics
Department Chair, Physics

Phone: 570-372-4006
Office Location: Fisher Hall - Rm 154
Office Hours: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., TWTH

Academic Credentials:
PHD, SUNY Albany
MS, SUNY Albany
MS, University of the Punjab

Zain has taught as an honorary guest lecturer at the University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan, and at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Since 2004, she has been active in the BaBar Scientific Research Collaboration at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in California. She also conducts experimental research in collaboration with other international researchers at the ATLAS detector of CERN (European Council for Nuclear Research, derived from the French Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire), in Geneva, Switzerland. Both of these are multi-billion-dollar “Big Science” accelerator-based physics experiments.

Zain's primary research background and interest is in experimental high-energy physics, which is largely concerned with Big Bang theory and antimatter. Particle accelerators collide matter and/or antimatter particles in a head-on collision, and the energy released from this collision recreates the primordial universe, as it was just a few microseconds after the Big Bang.

Currently, she is working with students and fellow professors in both the physics and computer science departments on setting up a Tier-3 Grid Cluster computer at the physics department for use with the ATLAS collaboration.


  • LANG-502 Independent Study
  • PHYS-105 Independent Thought in Physics
  • PHYS-108 Physics of Music
  • PHYS-204 Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS-205L Introductory Physics II Lab
  • PHYS-302 Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • PHYS-304 Classical and Modern Optics
  • PHYS-404 Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics
  • PHYS-500 Independent Study
  • PHYS-550 Physics Research

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