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Steve Manly

Steven L. Manly

  • Professor of Physics

PhD in Experimental High-Energy Physics, Columbia University, 1989

203E Bausch & Lomb Hall
(585) 275-8473
Fax: (585) 273-3237



Professor Manly received his BA in chemistry, mathematics, and physics (1982) from Pfeiffer College in rural North Carolina. Looking for a change, he moved to New York City and received his PhD in experimental high-energy physics from Columbia University in 1989 (under Charles Baltay). After a short postdoc at Yale University, Professor Manly joined the Yale faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1990 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996. He came to the University of Rochester as an Associate Professor in 1998. He was named NY State Professor of the Year in 2003 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and was the Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professor from 2002 to 2005. Manly was awarded the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2007.

Research Overview

Professor Manly's research interests are primarily in the areas of high energy, nuclear, and gravitational physics. In the past, he has studied high energy neutrino interactions with the E53 collaboration at Fermilab as well as electroweak and B physics with the SLD collaboration at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. He has also been active in studies of the physics of the Next Linear Collider (a soon-to-be proposed electron-postitron collider with a center-of-mass energy ranging from 500 GeV to 1.5 TeV). Currently, he is focused on the Phobos experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. In this experiment, high energy gold ions will be collided in hopes of creating the conditions of the early (1 microsecond) universe in a small volume. The goal is to observe and characterize the QCD deconfinement and chiral phase transitions, or anything unexpected that might happen. In addition, Professor Manly recently has been involved in a experiments to measure the gravitational redshift of light using dispersion in a Sagnac fiber interferometer. Another major research area is deep inelastic scattering and nucleon structure (JUPITER at Jefferson Lab), and neutrino physics and neutrino oscillations (MINERvA at Fermilab).

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