St. Mary's College of Maryland

Program Highlight

Students preparing to drop a pumpkin from a window

The Physics Club organizes many activities for all students who enjoy physics.  


SMP Spotlight

Rebecca Prasher (2012), “17th Century Naval Architecture and Hull Hydrostatics” (mentors: Josh Grossman and Rick Loheed)

Rebecca received the Geneva Boone Award for Outstanding St. Mary’s Project.  Read more about her research in this article in the Mulberry Tree. Additionally, she worked with physics department faculty and Dr. Frank Narducci (Naval Air Systems Command) on developing a new design of magneto-optical trap for sensor applications.

Joshua Grossman, PhD
Associate Professor of Physics

Photo of Joshua Grossman, PhD

Department Chair

Departments: Physics
Office: Schaefer 242
Phone: (240) 895-4367


B.A. in Physics, Williams College
Ph.D. in Physics, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Courses Taught:

  • College Physics 2
  • General Physics 1, 2, and 3
  • Fundamentals of Physics 1, 2, and 3
  • Advanced Physics Laboratory
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Senior Seminar: Quantum Information
  • Independent Study: Atomic Physics
  • Independent Study: Directed Research in Laser Cooling & Trapping
  • Independent Study: Electrodynamics
  • First Year Seminar: It's About Time
  • Emerging Scholars Program in Physics

Research Interests

Professor Grossman and his students research atoms captured and cooled to a fraction of a degree above absolute zero, using lasers and magnetic fields. Additional research involves quantum measurement and quantum random walks.

Interesting Link

Professor Grossman's site