Department News

Oct 25, 2016 - Department accepted to join APS Bridge Program

The Department has been accepted to join the APS Bridge Program, which seeks to increase the number of physics PhDs awarded to underrepresented minority students, including African American, Hispanic American, and Native American students:

http://www.apsbridgeprogram.org/about/

Acceptance into the program affirms the commitment of the department to enhancing diversity in physics.  OU represents the only institution in Oklahoma that has been accepted to join the program.

Oct 21, 2016 - OU Astronomers Team with Citizen Scientists to Discover a Rare Circumstellar Disk

A team led by a University of Oklahoma astronomy graduate student Steven Silverberg discovered a rare and surprising new circumstellar disk: the oldest of its kind.  Read more here and here

Oct 16, 2016 - OU alumnus launches hurricane measurements partnership

OU alumnus and Board of Visitor A. T. Stair, founder/CEO of Tropical Weather Analytics, Inc (TWAI) and Chief Scientist of many space programs, has recently launched a partnership between TWAI and the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University (JHU/APL). Along with Paul Joss, founder/CTO of TWAI, and Professor emeritus of Physics at the Massachusetts institute of Technology, the TWAI team will use space-based data acquisition technologies and analytic tools to develop the world most accurate measurements and forecasts of tropical cyclones to date. This technology will have enormous impact on reduction of loss of life and property caused by hurricanes.

The Johns Hopkins's team has been a prime contractor on several upper-atmospheric and space program at NASA, including numerous missions using low-cost micro satellites. Once fully operational, TWAI will provide proprietary data, including 3D, wide field, high resolution cloud maps and thermal maps with more than 50 meter resolution and 3 degrees Celcius temperature accuracy.

For more information:  news link

Oct 07, 2016 - Alumna awarded prestigious postdoc in Norway

Former student Prachi Parashar has just started a prestigious postdoc at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, funded by a rather large international grant from the Norwegian Research Council. At OU, Prachi worked with Prof. Kim Milton on different projects involving the Casimir effect. Congratulations to Prachi!

Sep 30, 2016 - OU Physicists Developing New Systems for Next Generation Solar Cells

University of Oklahoma physicists are developing novel technologies with the potential to impact utility-scale energy generation, increase global energy capacity and reduce dependence on fossil fuels by producing a new generation of high efficiency solar cells. The OU team hopes to show that quantum-engineered systems can control thermal losses that restrict the performance of conventional solar cells and harness more of the sun’s energy in practical “hot” carrier solar cells.

Ian Sellers and Michael Santos, professors in the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy, will develop “hot” carrier solar cell architectures and investigate the physics driving the operation of these devices. Sellers and Santos have focused their research on narrow-gap heterostructures, demonstrating the promising potential avenue for the practical implementation of “hot” carrier solar cells.

The National Science Foundation supported this research project with a three-year grant in the amount of $380,000.

Sep 30, 2016 - Confirming the Birth of a New Black Hole

Dr. Xinyu Dai has been awarded $40,485.00 by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Sep 01, 2016 - Warm, Large Exoplanets

Dr Billy Quarles has been awarded 102,674.00 by NASA/UN PENN

Sep 01, 2016 - High Efficiency Flexible Dilute Nitride Solar Cells for Space Applications

Dr Ian Sellers has been awarded 600,000.00 by NASA

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

Dr Nathan Kaib 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!

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