Department News

Jun 01, 2016 - OU HEP theory group: From Colliders to Cosmology in the LHC Era

Dr Howard Baer and Dr. Chung Kao have been awarded 80,000.00 by the US Department of Energy 

May 01, 2016 - Connecting white dwarf rotation and debris accretion

Dr. Mukremin Kilic has been awarded $47,536.00 by the Space Telescope Science Institute

Apr 08, 2016 - HLD Faculty Patents Recognized

Profs. Michael Santos and Matthew Johnson were recognized at the recent tribute to faculty for their two patents on thermophotovoltaic devices.  This work was done in collaboration with Prof. Rui Yang in OU-ECE.   Congratulations!

Apr 08, 2016 - HLD Faculty Win OU Awards

Two HLD Faculty were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments at the 2016 Tribute to Faculty ceremony.  Prof. James Shaffer was given the Regents' Award for Superior Research and Creative Activity.  Prof. John Wisniewski was recognized as a Presidential Professor.   Congratulations to our outstanding faculty!

Mar 25, 2016 - OU Alumna Named “Woman Physicist of the Month” by APS

Prof. Giti Khodaparast (Ph.D. 2001) was recently named "Woman Physicist of the Month"  by the APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics.  A student of  Ryan Dozema, Khodaparast's thesis involved magneto-optical spectroscopy of InSb samples grown at OU.   She has continued to use this technique  to explore quantum coherence, correlations, and many-body effects.   Prof. Khodaparast, now at Virginia Tech, was cited not only for her excellent research but also for her superior leadership.   The description of the award states:  "Khodaparast is strongly committed to sharing knowledge, enticing younger generations into science, and producing graduates with a strong background in modern science."

(Image taken from CSWP website)

Mar 01, 2016 - Ongoing Faculty Searches

The Department is conducting two faculty searches this Spring: one for a high energy experimentalist and one for the endowed Homer L. Dodge Chair in Astrophysics.  This semester will have an abundance of interesting colloquia in the two fields.  Please watch this space for exciting updates as we fill the positions!

Feb 01, 2016 - STIS Observations of Metal-Poor Stars: Direct Confrontation with Nucleosynthetic Predictions

Dr. John Cowan has been awarded $7,600.00 by the Space Telescope Science Institute

Jan 05, 2016 - Postdoc Lomax selected to serve on AAS Presidential Early Career Advisory Board

OU postdoc Dr. Jamie Lomax has recently been selected to serve on the inaugural American Astronomical Society (AAS) Presidential Early Career Advisory Board.  During her term on this advisory board, Dr. Lomax will provide guidance and input about the direction and operations of the AAS as a society from her perspective as an early career astronomer.

Jan 01, 2016 - Transformational Technologies and Techniques for High Precision Photometric and Spectrosopic Stellar

Dr. John Wisniewski has been awarded $25,000.00 by Research Corporation for Science Advancement/FD-RCSA

Dec 17, 2015 - OU Astronomer Helps Characterize Newly Discovered Exotic Planetary System

A new solar system consisting of a Sun-like star, an extremely massive planet, and another very nearby low-mass star has been discovered by a team involving scientists at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, University of Oklahoma, Universidad de Chile, University of London, and Harvard University. The planet, which orbits a star named HD 7449, has one of the most eccentric orbits known. Follow-up observations confirmed that there is another dwarf star residing only 18 AU away from the main star and planet (1 AU being the Earth-Sun distance). Further modelling of the system's dynamical behavior show that perturbations from this very nearby dwarf star can drive the eccentricity of the planet to very high values, explaining its curious orbit. OU astrophysicist, Nathan Kaib, helped characterize the orbital evolution of this exotic system. The press release has been picked up by numerous media outlets.

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