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Brian BuerkeBrian J. Buerke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics
Department Chair
610-921-7787 | bbuerke@albright.edu


  • Ph.D.: University of Rochester
  • M.A.: University of Rochester
  • M.S.: Miami University
  • B.S.: Villanova University

Research Areas

  • Atomic, molecular, and optical physics
  • Atomic ionization
  • Game theory
  • High-intensity lasers
  • Physics and astronomy education


  • B. Buerke and D.D. Meyerhofer, “Measurement of Hydrogenic Tunneling Rates in a High-Intensity Laser Focus,” Phys. Rev. A 69, 051402(R) (2004).

Recent Student Research Collaborators

  • 2012-13: Dustin Jay Hill, “A Weak-Coupling Expansion for a Settling Rod in a Viscoelastic Fluid”
  • 2010-11: Dustin Jay Hill, “Application of Multi-Mode Analysis to a Modified Dollar Auction”
  • 2010-11: Julian Dietrich, “A General Relativistic Investigation of the Twin Paradox”
  • 2009-10: Dustin Jay Hill, “The Effect of Error on Rational Cooperation in the Traveler’s Dilemma”
  • 2008-09: Dirk Vanderbent, “A Quest for Potential Efficiencies in the Development of Hybrid Vehicles”
  • 2007-08: Mark Steger, “Development of a Procedure for Analyzing Carbon Nanotubes”

Devon B. Mason, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics
610-921-7785 | dmason@albright.edu


  • Ph.D.: University at Albany
  • M.A.: University at Albany
  • B.S.: Mansfield University
  • B.S.: Air Force Institute of Technology


  • “1000 solved problems in modern physics” by Ahmad Kamal, book, reviewed in Jan. 2011 Choice magazine
  • “Introduction to optics” by Germain Chartier, book, reviewed in Nov. 2005 Choice magazine
  • “Modern lens design, 2nd edition” by Warren J. Smith, book, reviewed in June 2005 Choice magazine
  • “Field guide to geometrical optics” by John Greivenkamp, book, reviewed in Oct. 2004 Choice magazine
  • “Atmospheric Optics,” Internet resource, reviewed in 2004 Choice supplement
  • “Advanced space system concepts and technologies: 2010-2030+” by Ivan Bekey, book, reviewed in Nov. 2003 Choice magazine
  • “The Century of Space Science” ed. by Johan Bleeker, Johannes Geiss and Martin Huber, book, reviewed in May 2003 Choice magazine
  • “Light years and time travel” by Brian Clegg, book, reviewed in July 2002 Choice magazine
  • Charles B. Hogge, John F. Schultz, Devon B. Mason and William E. Thompson, “Physical Optics of Multiaperture Systems,” Appl. Opt. 27, 5127 (1988)

Recent Student Research Collaborators

  • 2003-04: Adam Forrer, “Applications of Computer Animation in Physics Education”