Welcome to the Home Page of

Theodore L. Einstein

Professor of Physics

Chair (1996– ) of Physical Sciences Program

Member of Condensed Matter Theory Center, Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials (CNAM), and Maryland NanoCenter

Physics representative to Chemical Physics Program

Executive Comm. & Various Other Roles in   UMD MRSEC (1996–2013)   z"l


List of Publications (with links to online papers)
Postal address:

Department of Physics
4150 Campus Dr.
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-4111 (USA)


Research group: Condensed Matter Theory
Office: John S. Toll Physics Building, Rm. 2310
Phone: 301-405-6147
Fax: 301-314-9465

E-mail: einstein at umd.edu
Web page: http://www.physics.umd.edu/~einstein/

Campus  map and directions to UM

Local accommodations and short-term housing


Personal Information
Education, Professional Experiences

Memberships, Honors
List of Publications (with links to online papers)
Selected Recent Talks
Research Interests:
Group Photos

Summer School Varenna 1973 on Dynamic Aspects of Surface Physics Conference Photo Legend

Seminar Series

Physics Departmental Colloquium, Tuesdays, 4:00 pm, PSC Lobby

Informal Statistical Mechanics Seminar, Tuesdays, 1:15pm, IPST Rm. 1116

CNAM Colloquium (Condensed Matter Seminar), Thursdays, 2:00 pm, PHY (Toll) Rm. 1201

CMTC Talks (Condensed Matter Theory Center), PHY (Toll) Rm. 2205, mostly Tuesdays, 11:00 am

Joint Quantum Institute Seminar, Mondays, 11:00 am, CSS Bldg., room 2400

Physics/ANE/ChemPhys Joint Seminar, Wednesdays, 11:00 am, Chemistry Bldg., room 0112 (Marker Seminar Rm.)


Honors 228K: Great Ideas in Physics and Their Implications in Other Disciplines (Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011)

Physics 104: How Things Work ( Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2005)

Physics 106: Light, Perception, Photography, and Visual Phenomena (Spring 1998)

Physics 115: Inquiry into Physics (Fall 2015)

Physics 165: Introduction to Programming in the Physical Sciences (Fall 2003)

Physics 260: Introductory Physics for Engineers, 2nd semester (Spring 2015)

Physics 263: Introductory Physics for Engineers, 3rd semester (Fall 1997)

Physics 404: Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics (Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014)

Physics 603: Methods of Statistical Mechanics (Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014)

Physics 704: Advanced Statistical Mechanics (Spring 2006, Spring 2011)

Physics 731: Solid State Physics: Survey (Fall 2001, Fall 2002, Fall 2004, Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2007)

Physics 732: Introduction to Solid State Physics II (Fall 2010)

Math Research Interaction Team (RIT): Kinetics and fluctuations of complex crystal surfaces (Fall 2007)

Math RIT (Research Interaction Team) on Current Challenges in Materials Science: Aspects of Interface Motion (Fall 2009)--co-organized with Dionisios Margetis

Math RIT (Research Interaction Team) on Current Challenges in Materials Science: Non-equilibrium Interface and Surface Dynamics (Fall 2010)--co-organized with Dionisios Margetis

Math RIT (Research Interaction Team) on Non-equilibrium Interface and Surface Dynamics: Modeling, Analysis, Numerics, and Experiment (Fall 2011)--co-organized with Dionisios Margetis


At right, "Janice Reutt-Robey and Ted Einstein of the University of Maryland, and (right) Kristen Fichthorn of Penn State were just 3 of the approximately 130 physicists who gathered at APS headquarters on December 4 and 5 to sort more than 7500 abstracts for the 2010 March Meeting, which takes place March 15-19 in Portland, Oregon." From APS News, Jan. 2010, photo by Michael Lucibella.

"15 minutes of fame": Washingtonian article (down indefinitely)

Photo from Life magazine, April 25, 1969, of the Harvard strike (including the back of my head)

Last updated Sept. 1, 2015