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  • Chair and Professor of Physics


  • B. A. Mod., Trinity College Dublin Ireland,1987
  • Master of Science, Cornell University, 1990
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University, 1994


Oberlin Papers
Student Coauthors
Honors Students
Invited Talks

Research Interests

  • Infrared spectroscopy of trapped hydrogen molecules
  • Inelastic spectroscopy of Fullerenes (Buckyballs)

Recent Courses

Mechanics and Relativity: Physics 110
Quantum Mechanics: Physics 312
Advanced Lab: Physics 414

Faculty Notes

  • Stephen FitzGerald Awarded Grant

    March 2, 2017

    Professor of Physics Stephen FitzGerald was awarded a three-year, $310,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support his project entitled "RUI: Probing adsorbate interactions in metal-organic frameworks using site selective spectroscopy."  This research examines hydrogen storage for fuel-cell applications and isotope separation for chemical labeling, medical tracing, and heavy water moderators.  The grant provides funds for on-going student participation and the acquisition of a specialized mass-spectrometer.  

  • Stephen FitzGerald Publishes

    November 11, 2015

    Professor of Physics Stephen FitzGerald published the paper "Orientational ortho-H2 pair interactions in the microporous framework MOF-5” in the international journal Physical Review B. The paper was co-authored by Christopher Eckdahl '17, Cooper McDonald '15, Jocienne Nelson '14, Kai Shinbrough '17, Holden Lai '15, and the late Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jesse Rowsell.