Department News

Jan 18, 2019 - Branch Awarded Chambliss Astronomical Writing Award

Physics & Astronomy emeritus professor David Branch has been awarded the AAS' Chambliss Astronomical Writing Award, along with J. Craig Wheeler, for their advanced university-level textbook Supernova Explosions.  News about the award can be found here:   Congrats David!!

Jan 08, 2019 - Young Planets Orbiting Red Dwarfs May Lack Ingredients for Life

A team of astronomers led by OU's John Wisniewski have used the Hubble Space Telescope to trace giant blobs of material being cleared out from AU Mic's young circumstellar disk.  Read more here:

Jan 02, 2019 - Kaib wins NSF Career Award

OU astronomy professor Nathan Kaib is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER (Faculty Early Career Development Program) Award in the amount of $521,258.  It is thought that protoplanets, the bodies that eventually gave rise to planets, formed by a process known as accretion during the early life of our Solar System. This process cannot, of course, be studied directly. Little is known about how accretion proceeds at different distances from the Sun. Professor Kaib's work will address questions of Solar System development by using sophisticated computer modeling techniques. His team will also reassess the development of the giant planets and the Kuiper Belt of the outer Solar System. He will establish astronomy and planetary science education programs at the Sam Noble Museum, Oklahoma's state natural history museum. He will design classroom programs for visiting school groups as well as adding to the museum's catalog of Discovery Kits, which can be loaned free of charge across the state.

Professor Kaib will use a GPU-accelerated N-body code to directly simulate the construction of rocky protoplanets via runaway and oligarchic growth. The same code will be used to build a self-consistent model of the dynamical evolution of the early outer solar system. Finally, he will use a new N-body algorithm to understand the interplay between planetary and triple star dynamics within the Alpha Centauri and other multiple star systems.


Congrats Nate on a well deserved honor!

Jan 01, 2019 - Marino Wins James and JoAnn Holden Faculty Award

Professor Alberto Marino has been named the recipient of the James and JoAnn Holden Faculty award.  The James and JoAnn Holden Faculty Award recognizes outstanding faculty who inspire freshman and sophomore students through their willingness to teach, encourage and support students' transition into higher education.  Congrats Alberto!

Nov 15, 2018 - 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 Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics and Condensed Matter Physics (CMP). The hires are part of an initiative to enhance OU’s presence in fundamental research that enables quantum technology. Planning for the establishment of a Quantum Technology Center is currently under way. Our new state-of-the-art physics building hosts 18,000 square feet of laboratory space that meets NIST-A specifications on vibrations, temperature, humidity, and electromagnetic interference. Campus resources include cleanroom facilities and supercomputer access.

Position 1 (ID # 55427): Homer L. Dodge Professor of experimental AMO physics. Candidates are expected to be internationally recognized leaders in their field. This endowed position comes with an annual research stipend. Start-up funds commensurate with the candidate’s research agenda will be made available. To submit your application for consideration please go to

Position 2 (ID # 55442): Tenure-track Assistant Professor in experimental quantum physics with a research focus in CMP. Appointment at the level of associate or full professor is possible for exceptional candidates. To submit your application for consideration please go to

Position 3 (ID # 55359): Tenure-track Assistant Professor in theoretical quantum physics with a research focus in AMO. Appointment at the level of Associate or Full Professor is possible for exceptional candidates. To submit your application for consideration please go to

Applicants should have earned a Ph.D. in physics or a related field and have post Ph.D. experience. Successful candidates are expected to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (one class per semester), maintain an outstanding record of original published research, and develop an independent, internationally recognized, externally funded research program that complements existing research efforts at OU on ultracold atoms, molecules, and gases; microelectronic, photonic, and quantum devices; quantum optics; precision spectroscopy; quantum information and entanglement; scanning probe microscopy; quantum, topological, and strongly-correlated materials; and photovoltaics.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, CV, list of publications, statement of research interests, and statement of teaching interests should be uploaded directly to the web addresses provided above. Screening of applications will begin December 1, 2018. These positions will remain open until filled. OU is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and serving the educational, cultural, economic and healthcare needs of the state, region, and nation. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the #1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013.

Additional Information can be found at the following links:

The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Oct 18, 2018 - Newsletter 2018

Oct 13, 2018 - 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 in the OU Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy from 1955 to 1968, the building will be dedicated on the South Oval of the Norman campus. Funded by Lin and the Avenir Foundation, the new academic building will total more than 18,000 square feet of research laboratory space and will provide world-class research space for AMO and CM physics, including 12 laboratories. Lin Hall will be one of only a few buildings in the world to meet the NIST-A requirements on vibrations, temperature and humidity, as well as electromagnetic interference.

Daylong activities are being planned to celebrate the occasion, which will honor Lin’s outstanding scientific legacy begun at the university, as well as the Avenir Foundation’s continued commitment to scientific research. The celebration will begin Saturday morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of Lin Hall followed by a reception and tours of the building, as well as an evening event honoring Chun Lin and the Avenir Foundation.

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Oct 01, 2018 - Hot Carrier Dynamics in Low-Dimensional Systems

Dr. Sellers awarded $674,000 by Department of Energy

Sep 11, 2018 - 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 new assistant professor in the Astronomy group, and Dan White, the new assistant professor with expertise in physics education research.


Sep 01, 2018 - Hot Carrier Dynamics in Low-Dimensional Systems

Dr. Ian Sllers has been awarded $48,000.00 by the State of Oklahoma, Regents for Higher Education

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