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Newsletter 2018

Oct 18

Faculty Positions in Theoretical and Experimental Quantum Physics Opened

The Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Oklahoma (OU) invites applications for three faculty appointments in the areas of...

Oct 13

OU’s new NIST-A Physics Laboratory to Be Dedicated on Oct. 13

The University of Oklahoma will dedicate Lin Hall and the Dodge Physics Complex on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Named in recognition of Chun C. Lin, a professor...

Sep 11

Ferah Munshi and Dan White Join HLD Faculty

The faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy will be joined in the fall by two new members, Ferah Munshi, who will be the...

Aug 15

OK-LSAMP students spend summer at NASA Glenn Research Center

Physics & Astronomy students Logan Abshire and Tristan Thrasher recently returned from a summer (2018) spent performing research on the effects of high irradiation environments on...

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Featured Research: An OU Study Explains Why Mars Growth Stunted by Early Giant Planetary Instability

A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team explains why the growth of Mars was stunted by an orbital instability among the outer solar system's giant planets in a new study on the evolution of the young solar system. The OU study builds on the widely-accepted Nice Model, which invokes a planetary instability to explain many peculiar observed aspects of the outer solar system. An OU model used computer simulations to show how planet accretion (growth) is halted by the outer solar system instability. Without it, Mars possibly could have become a larger, habitable planet like Earth.

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