Two awards were given out to graduate students at Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy award ceremony.  ...
Congratulations to Brandon Curd, a junior astrophysics major in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who was awarded a prestigious 2015 Goldwater Scholarship!
The Department of Physics and Astronomy held a successful Alumni reunion on October 24, 2014. The full day event attracted many faculty, students and several alumni including...
Congratulations to our astrophysics & physics majors who have accepted summer internship positions: Anthony Burrow (OU), Brandon Curd (Leiden Observatory), Tarryn Kahre (SETI Institute), Marcus...
OU astronomy graduate student Brian Frisen was a 2015 recipient of the American Astronomical Society's (AAS) Rodger Doxsey Travel Prize. The prize was awarded based...
Jun 04, 2015 11:00 amNielsen Hall 103 - Javad Shabani
Jun 25, 2015 4:00 pmNielsen Hall 170 - Terry D. Oswalt
Research Highlight: Good vibrations
On the top is a model of a carbon nanotube (CNT) to which alkane chains have been attached. Below are “bad” and “good” normal modes for conduction of heat through the system, as calculated by Abdellah Ait-Moussa, a student working with Prof. Mullen. A “bad” mode only couples to atoms in the CNT; a good one couples to the side chains as well as the CNT, so that the vibration and the energy it carries goes through the whole system. The goal of the research is to optimize the side chains to maximize the flow of heat. Improving heat conduction into CNT’s may lead to plastics that conduct heat as well as metals.