News

Aug 25

New faculty members

The Department has been joined in the Fall by John Stupak and John Tobin as new assistant professors. Stupak is a new member of the...

Aug 14

Department will be housed in new physics complex

OU President David Boren announced on March 9 two lead gifts that will provide resources to construct a new academic building and research laboratory on...

Aug 02

OU permanent member of Apache Point Observatory

Following several years of effort and negotiation, OU is now a permanent member of the Apache Point Observatory (APO). Managed by the Astrophysical Research Consortium,...

Jul 20

Newsletter 2016

Jun 23

HLD Graduate Student Wins Award for Poster

Mitch Yothers' poster, Realā€Space Analysis of Scanning Tunneling Microscope Images: Accurate measurements of local structure and disorder, won 3rd place at the 76th Physical...

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Events

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Colloquium
HEP Seminar
CMP Seminar
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CMP Journal Club
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Public Lecture
Special Event
Star Party

Faculty Research Seminar

Sep 28, 2016 6:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 303 - Profs. Marino & Schwettmann

CMP Journal Club

Sep 29, 2016 12:30 pm

Nielsen Hall 103 - Alex Kerr

Colloquium

Sep 29, 2016 4:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - Xinyu Dai
An Extragalactic Journey with Active Galactic Nuclei, Gravitational Lenses, and Galaxy Clusters

Astronomy Journal Club

Sep 30, 2016 12:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 302 - Evan Rich

CMP Seminar

Sep 30, 2016 2:30 pm

Nielsen Hall 103 - Manisha Chakraburtty
Design of IV-VI Semiconductor Quantum Wells for Photovoltaic Devices

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Research Figure

Featured Research: Negative Quantum Vacuum Entropy is Puzzling

It has recently been discovered that nearby objects, such as conducting spheres, atoms, or nanoparticles, interacting through the quantum vacuum, exhibit regions where the entropy of the system goes negative.  This occurs when the temperature times the separation distance (in natural units) is of order one.  The physical significance of this surprising result is still under investigation, and was the subject of two recent papers of Kim Milton with prominent German and French theorists. 

Whether the negative entropy discovered has anything to…

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