Department News

Sep 01, 2016 - Numerical Studies of the Dynamical Interplay between the Inner and Outer Planets

Kr. Nathan has been awarded $226,735.00 by National Science Foundation

Aug 25, 2016 - 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 experimental high energy group. Tobin is the new Homer L. Dodge Assistant Professor of Astrophysics. Welcome!

Aug 14, 2016 - 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 the Van Vleet Oval that will house the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy. The new building, Lin Hall, together with Nielsen Hall will comprise a new physics complex. 

The resources are being made possible through major gifts from the Avenir Foundation, and Chun C. Lin, who served on the OU physics faculty from 1955 to 1968.

The new academic building will feature modular design for maximum flexibility in the more than 18,000 square feet of research laboratory space as well as office space for faculty and graduate students and an astronomy observatory on the roof. The laboratories will have advanced temperature control, vibration and acoustic isolation, and electromagnetic shielding in addition to providing critically needed space. The building will be located south of Nielsen Hall, the current home of the physics and astronomy department. Construction of the new physics building will begin in the fall, and is is expected to be completed by spring of 2019.

Aug 02, 2016 - 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, the observatory site is located in southeastern New Mexico, roughly 130 miles northeast of El Paso, Texas, near Sunspot at analtitude of 9100 feet. Besides hosting the Consortium’s 3.5-meter and 0.5-meter telescopes, the 2.5-meter Sloan Digital Sky Survey and New Mexico State University’s 1- meter telescopes also are located there. Other Consortium members include the University of Washington, New Mexico State University, the University of Colorado, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Virginia, Georgia State University and the University of Wyoming.

Aug 01, 2016 - Control of Rydberg Atom Interactions and Exotic States of Matter

Dr. James Shaffer has been awarded $173,246.00 by the National Science Foundation

Aug 01, 2016 - Ultra-High Performance Two-Dimensional Magnetic Field Imager

Dr. Michael Santos has been awarded $125,000.00 by the State of Oklahoma, Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology

Jul 20, 2016 - Newsletter 2016

Jul 01, 2016 - Type-II hot carrier solar cells: control and manipulation of non-equilibrium carriers using brand en

Dr. Ian Sellers has been awarded $380,000.00 by the National Science Foundation

Jun 23, 2016 - 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 Electronics Conference at Univiversity of Arkansas in Fayetteville Arkansas. Mitch Yothers is a member of the Bumm Research Group.

Jun 03, 2016 - Emergence of Collective Organizational Phenomena in Manybody Systems

Dr. Deborah Watson has been awarded $102767.00 by the National Science Foundation

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