News

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Newsletter 2017

Aug 18

HLD faculty will be interviewed by CNN

OU Professor and VIDA Fellow Ferah Munshi will be interviewed live on "CNN's Eclipse of the Century" alongside former astronaut Mark Kelly on Monday August 2...

Aug 02

Solar Eclipse Viewing on the South Oval

Lunar Sooners will be hosting a solar eclipse viewing for the August 21st eclipse on the South Oval of campus from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Two...

Aug 01

HLD members to be Interviewed on Discover Oklahoma

Professor Nate Kaib and graduate student Matt Clement will be interviewed on the weekly television show Discover Oklahoma. They will be answering questsions on "Great...

Jul 28

Doerte Blume and Kuver Sinha join faculty

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to welcome Kuver Sinha and Doerte Blume as new faculty members. Kuver is the new assistant professor...

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Events

Calendar
Colloquium
HEP Seminar
CMP Seminar
Astronomy Journal Club
CMP Journal Club
Faculty Research Seminar
Public Lecture
Special Event
Star Party

Faculty Research Seminar

Sep 27, 2017 6:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 303 - Profs. Baer, Kao, & Sinha

CMP Journal Club

Sep 28, 2017 1:30 pm

Nielsen Hall 103 - Tim Burt

Colloquium

Sep 28, 2017 4:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - Alberto Marino
Quantum Optics as an Enabler for Quantum Technologies

Astronomy Journal Club

Sep 29, 2017 12:30 pm

Nielsen Hall 302 - Saloni Bhatiani

Faculty Research Seminar

Oct 04, 2017 6:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 303 - Profs. Bumm & Sellers

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Research Figure

Featured Research: Detached Eclipsing White Dwarfs Predicted to Merge Into an Exotic Star

A University of Oklahoma astrophysicist, Mukremin Kilic, and his team have discovered two detached, eclipsing double white dwarf binaries with orbital periods of 40 and 46 minutes, respectively. White dwarfs are the remnants of Sun-like stars, many of which are found in pairs, or binaries. However, only a handful of white dwarf binaries are known with orbital periods less than one hour in the Milky Way—a galaxy made up of two hundred billion stars—and most have been discovered by Kilic and his colleagues.

“Short-period white dwarf binaries are interesting because they…

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