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May 12

Graduate Students Recognized in Departmental Award Ceremony

     Two awards were given out to graduate students at Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy award ceremony.      ...

Apr 07

Astrophysics Major Brandon Curd Named Goldwater Scholar

Congratulations to Brandon Curd, a junior astrophysics major in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who was awarded a prestigious 2015 Goldwater Scholarship! 

Apr 06

Alumni Reunion

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...

Mar 16

Undergraduates Awarded Summer Internships

Congratulations to our astrophysics & physics majors who have accepted summer internship positions: Anthony Burrow (OU), Brandon Curd (Leiden Observatory), Tarryn Kahre (SETI Institute), Marcus...

Jan 05

Brian Friesen wins 2015 AAS Doxsey Prize

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...

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CMP Seminar

Jun 04, 2015 11:00 am

Nielsen Hall 103 - Javad Shabani
Two-dimensional epitaxial InAs-Al superconducting systems

Colloquium

Jun 25, 2015 4:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - Terry D. Oswalt
Fragile Binary Stars: Observational Leverage on Difficult Astrophysical Problems

Colloquium

Aug 27, 2015 4:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - First Week of Classes
No Colloquiun

Colloquium

Sep 10, 2015 4:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - David Sand
TBA

Colloquium

Sep 17, 2015 4:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - Mariana Bertoni
TBA

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Research Nugget

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.