Department News

Feb 17, 2017 - Atlas Computering Center - TIER 2

Dr. Patrick Skubic was awarded 30,000.00 by the University of Texas - Arlington

Feb 17, 2017 - Nielsen Hall Radio Telescope Online

A group of undergraduate and graduate students, led by OU Astronomy Professor John Tobin constructed a 10 foot radio telescope on the the
 roof of Nielsen Hall last November and December.  The dish was brought fully online in early February. The group followed the small radio telescope (SRT) plans made available by MIT Haystack Radio Observatory and constructed the dish entirely from off the shelf equipment. 

The radio telescope presents exciting teaching and outreach opportunities because it operates in a fundamentally different way from optical telescopes. Instead of observing the light from stars and planets, this radio telescope  observes the matter between the stars, the interstellar medium, through  spectroscopy. The radio telescope specifically observes Hydrogen atoms throughout our Milky Way Galaxy emitting at a wavelength of 21 cm, from which the rotation of the Galaxy can be clearly seen through the Doppler effect. Introductory Astronomy students and those attending outreach events will see the operation of a radio telescope first-hand and observe the spectral line from Hydrogen in real-time. More advanced students will learn the fundamentals of radio astronomy and will carry out experiments such as mapping Hydrogen in space  and measuring the rotational velocity of our Galaxy.

The project had the participation of undergraduate students Brian Stephenson, Lisa Patel and Jacob Gill, and of graduate students Nick Reynolds, Rajeeb Sharma, Hyunseop Choi and Paul Canton. Congratulations!

Jan 09, 2017 - ANL-ASC Graduate Fellowship for OU Graduate Student - Dylan Frizzell

Dr Phillip Gutierrez has been awarded 20,000.00 by the US Department of Energy 

Jan 01, 2017 - An Archival Study of Dust, Gas, and Metallicity of High Redshift Galaxies

Dr Xinyu Dai has been awarded $48,000.00 by Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory 

Jan 01, 2017 - Precovery of Super-flaring G Dwarfs for TESS using PTF and ZTF

Dr John Wisniewski was awarded 50,000.00 by Research Corporation for Science Advancement 

Jan 01, 2017 - WISE Disks Around Cool Stars

Dr John Wisniewski was awarded 74,943.00 by NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center

Nov 22, 2016 - Measuring the Innermost Stable Orbit using Microlensing of the FE K Line

Dr Xinyu Dai was awarded 50,000.00 by Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Nov 01, 2016 - Program Development for Infrared Detectors

Dr Michael Santos was awarded $44,150.00 by Amethyst Research Inc.

Nov 01, 2016 - Spiral Structure and Clump Kinematics in the Gravitationally Unstable Disk Around L1448-IRS3

Dr John Tobin has been awarded $29,973.00 by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory 

Oct 26, 2016 - OU-Led Team Discovers Rare, Newborn Tri-Star System

Prof. John J. Tobin led a global team of researchers who discovered a rare triple star system surrounded by a disk with a spiral structure.  Recent observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array—a revolutionary observatory in northern Chile, commonly known as ALMA—resulted in the discovery, lending support for evidence of disk fragmentation—a process leading to the formation of young binary and multiple star systems. Until ALMA, no one had observed a tri-star system forming in a disk like the one discovered by the OU team.

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Faculty Research Seminar

Sep 27, 2017 6:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 303 - Profs. Baer, Kao, & Sinha

CMP Journal Club

Sep 28, 2017 1:30 pm

Nielsen Hall 103 - Tim Burt


Sep 28, 2017 4:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - Alberto Marino
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