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Physics & Astronomy

Students explore yesterday, today and tomorrow in search of a deeper understanding of the natural world—from the mysteries of dark matter to the smallest machines possible, from the complexity of life to nature's strongest forces. 

Upcoming Events

INPP Seminar | Detectability of Phase Transitions from Multi-messenger Observations, Jan. 21

NQPI Seminar | Quantum Many-Body Problems in Spin-Obit Coupled Systems, Jan. 23

Physics Colloquium | Resolving Single Molecules beyond the Diffraction Limit of Light, Jan. 24

NQPI Seminar | Faiz Rahman from Ohio University on Jan. 30

Public Telescope Night at Ohio University Observatory, Jan. 31

Physics Intranet

The Cosmos

The Cosmos

From the mysteries of dark matter to the secrets hidden in our own solar system, astrophysics probes the galaxy of unanswered questions.

Nanoscience

Nanoscience

At the size scale of an atom, researchers manipulate nano-particles to explore the world of quantum mechanics and to build the smallest machines possible.

Probing Life

Probing Life

Biophysicists study the complexity of life by using the laws of physics and the power of math to analyze patterns in living things, from epilepsy to signal processing.

Nuclei and Particles

Nuclei and Particles

The nuclear force is the strongest found in nature. From questions of how protons and neutrons are bound in nuclei (or neutron stars) to the interactions of quarks and gluons, this is strong stuff.

Recent Events:

INPP Seminar | Detectability of Phase Transitions from Multi-messenger Observations, Jan. 21

Photo of Jun HanThe Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (INPP) presents Jun Han of Ohio University, on “Detectability of Phase Transitions from Multi-messenger Observations”, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 4 p.m. in Edwards Accelerator Lab, Roger W. Finlay Conference Room. Abstract: There is as yet firm evidence for quark matter cores in […]

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NQPI Seminar | Quantum Many-Body Problems in Spin-Obit Coupled Systems, Jan. 23

Edsen Vernek, portraitThe Ohio University NQPI Seminar Series presents Edson Vernek, Glidden Visiting Professor of Physics from the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia, on “Quantum Many-Body Problems In Spin-Obit Coupled Systems,” Thursday, Jan. 23, at 4:10 p.m. in Clippinger Labs 194. Abstract:  The archetypal many-body problem in condensed mater is the Kondo effect: […]

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Physics Colloquium | Resolving Single Molecules beyond the Diffraction Limit of Light, Jan. 24

Photo of Jixin ChenThe Physics & Astronomy Colloquium Series presents Jixin Chen of Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio University on “Resolving Single Molecules beyond the Diffraction Limit of Light”, on Friday, Jan. 24, at 4:10 p.m. in Clippinger Labs 194. Abstract: Super-resolution optical microscopy/nanoscopy is a technique that has been widely applied […]

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NQPI Seminar | Faiz Rahman from Ohio University on Jan. 30

Faiz Rahman, portraitThe Ohio University NQPI Seminar Series presents Dr. Faiz Rahman on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 4:10 p.m. in Clippinger Labs 194. Rahman is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Ohio University.  

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Public Telescope Night at Ohio University Observatory, Jan. 31

Observatory architect's illustrationPublic Telescope Night is Jan. 31, hosted by the Ohio University astronomy faculty and students. This event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will be canceled if the sky is cloudy or stormy. Telescope nights are free and open to the public. Visitors may see Lunar craters, […]

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Public Telescope Night at Ohio University Observatory, Feb. 1

Astronomy Instructor George Eberts with the Fecker telescopePublic Telescope Night is Feb. 1, hosted by the Ohio University astronomy faculty and students. This event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will be canceled if the sky is cloudy or stormy. Telescope nights are free and open to the public. Visitors may see Lunar craters, […]

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NQPI Seminar | Andreas Weichselbaum, Associate Scientist from Brookhaven National Laboratory, Feb. 13

Theoretical calculations performed by (left to right) Neil Robinson, Robert Konik, Alexei Tsvelik, and Andreas Weichselbaum of Brookhaven Lab's Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department suggest that Majorana fermions exist in the boundaries of magnetic materials with different magnetic phases. Majorana fermions are particle-like excitations that emerge when single electrons fractionalize into two halves, and their unique properties are of interest for quantum applications.The Ohio University NQPI Seminar Series presents OHIO alumnus Dr. Andreas Weichselbaum, on Thursday, Feb 13, at 4:10 p.m. in Clippinger Labs 194. Weichselbaum is Associate Scientist of Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. He earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University. […]

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NQPI Seminar | Studies of 2-Dimensional Materials Using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, Feb. 20

Randall Feenstra, portraitThe Ohio University NQPI Seminar Series presents Dr. Randall Feenstra discussing “Studies of 2-Dimensional Materials Using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy,” on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 4:10 p.m. in Clippinger Labs 194. Feenstra is Professor of Physics from Carnegie Mellon University.

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NQPI Nanoforum | Boundary Conditions for a Continuum Model of Lateral Interfaces in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides, Feb. 27

Kaelyn Ferris, portraitThe Ohio University NQPI Nanoforum presents Kaelyn Ferris discussing “Boundary Conditions for a Continuum Model of Lateral Interfaces in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides,” on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 4:10 p.m. in Walter Hall 245. Ferris is a graduate student in Physics & Astronomy and the Nanoscale Quantum Phenomena Institute (NQPI). Abstract: Lateral […]

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Physics Colloquium | Novel Biomaterials for Bone Repair and Regeneration, Feb. 28

Dean Mei WeiThe Physics & Astronomy Colloquium Series presents Mei Wei, Dean of Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Ohio University on “Novel Biomaterials for Bone Repair and Regeneration”, on Friday, Feb. 28, at 4:10 p.m. in Clippinger Labs 194. Abstract: More than 1.3 million bone-repair procedures are performed annually in the […]

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