News

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...

Aug 09

Facebook page with “Alumni and friends” group launched

The HLD department of Physics and Astronomy has launched a new Facebook page. Please feel free to LIKE it (link below) and email the link...

Aug 08

Lin Hall to be Inaugurated October 12-13, 2018

The celebration and dedication of The Dodge Physics Complex and the new Lin Hall will take place October 12th thru October 13th, 2018. The activities will...

Aug 06

Marino wins NSF CAREER grant

OU physics professor Alberto Marino is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER (Faculty Early Career Development Program) Award in the amount of $500,000. Alberto...

Jun 07

Dabbieri named 2018 Astronaut Scholar

HDL student Collin Dabbieri has been named one of the 2018/19 Astronaut Scholars of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). This scholarship recognizes an elite group of...

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Events

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Colloquium
HEP Seminar
CMP Seminar
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HEP Journal Club
CMP Journal Club
Faculty Research Seminar
Postcards from the Universe
Public Lecture
Special Event
Star Party

Colloquium

Aug 23, 2018 4:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - No Colloquium
1st week of Classes

CMP Seminar

Aug 31, 2018 2:30 pm

Nielsen Hall 103 - Nick Shumaker
TBA

Colloquium

Sep 06, 2018 4:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - Aida Wofford
TBD

Colloquium

Sep 13, 2018 3:45 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - Amanda Moffett
TDB

Postcards from the Universe

Sep 13, 2018 7:00 pm

Sam Noble Museum of Natural History - Dr. Amanda Moffett
Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and Gravitational Lensing

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Research Figure

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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