Department News

Dec 19, 2019 - Newsletter 2019

Dec 09, 2019 - Have Peter-Pan Systems Revealed the Fountain of Youth?

Dr John Wisniewski has been awarded $87,267 from SAO/Chandra.

Dec 09, 2019 - Extreme AO Imaging and Integral Field Spectroscopy of Young Planet-Forming Disks

Dr John Wisniewski has been awarded $307,745 from NASA's Exoplanet Research Program.

Dec 09, 2019 - Time Domain Coronagraphy: Diagnosiing the Stripping of AU Mic’s Debris Disk

Dr John Wisniewski has been awarded $57,854.00 by STScI.

Dec 09, 2019 - Disk Detective 2.0

Dr John Wisniewski has been awarded $36,743.00 from NASA-HQ.

Dec 09, 2019 - Collaborative Research: Confirming and Characterizing Transiting Exoplanets around Bright Stars with

Dr John Wisniewski has been awarded $244,471.00 by the National Science Foundation.

Dec 02, 2019 - Bruce Mason wins APS Award on Physics Education

HLD Professor Bruce Mason was a recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Physics Education Award offered by the National Science Foundation. The award was shared with other members of the Open Source Physics Team "for sustained commitment to computational physics education through creating and disseminating programming environments, books, software, simulations, and other tools to support computational thinking, and for research establishing the value of these tools and best practices for their use." Bruce was involved in building and running some of the digital resources of the project, including the ComPADRE Collection of online educational content. Congratulations!

For more info, see APS page.  


Nov 12, 2019 - CQRT Director interviewed by KGOU

The CQRT director Alberto Marino was interviewed by KGOU at the inauguration of the Center for Quantum Technology. The area of quantum physics could generate billions of dollars worth of technology over the next decade. The interview can be found at

Oct 23, 2019 - Presidential Dream Course on Quantum Hybrid Systems

A second quantum technology revolution is upon us! The first used the laws of quantum physics to design systems in which the energy is “quantized,” to allow only certain values. This idea is at the heart of technology ranging from TV remotes to supercomputers. Now, two other features of quantum mechanics, entanglement and superposition, are becoming accessible to control. To do so we must unite the incredible delicacy and uniformity of single atoms with the robust control and reproducibility of larger devices, forming “quantum hybrid systems.”

This Presidential Dream course will give students competence in the fundamentals so that they may pursue research and careers in this field. As part of the course world experts will come to OU to give lectures and meet with students.

For more info:

Oct 02, 2019 - CQRT Dedication Ceremony on October 25

The dedication of the Center for Quantum Research and Technology (CQRT) will take place on Friday, October 25 at 2:30pm. The ceremony will be attended by the Oklahoma governor, OU President, Provost and Dean. The event will be followed by tours in Lin Hall, the state of the art laboratory where the CQRT is housed, and by three lectures in Nielsen Hall. One of the lectures will be offered by Neal Lane, a Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Professor Emeritus at Rice University and current member of the Board of Visitors of the HLD Department of Physics and Astronomy at OU. All are welcome to attend!  

See press release:

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