Department News

Nov 15, 2018 - Faculty Positions in Theoretical and Experimental Quantum Physics Opened

The Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Oklahoma (OU) invites applications for three faculty appointments in the areas of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics and Condensed Matter Physics (CMP). The hires are part of an initiative to enhance OU’s presence in fundamental research that enables quantum technology. Planning for the establishment of a Quantum Technology Center is currently under way. Our new state-of-the-art physics building hosts 18,000 square feet of laboratory space that meets NIST-A specifications on vibrations, temperature, humidity, and electromagnetic interference. Campus resources include cleanroom facilities and supercomputer access.

Position 1 (ID # 55427): Homer L. Dodge Professor of experimental AMO physics. Candidates are expected to be internationally recognized leaders in their field. This endowed position comes with an annual research stipend. Start-up funds commensurate with the candidate’s research agenda will be made available. To submit your application for consideration please go to

Position 2 (ID # 55442): Tenure-track Assistant Professor in experimental quantum physics with a research focus in CMP. Appointment at the level of associate or full professor is possible for exceptional candidates. To submit your application for consideration please go to

Position 3 (ID # 55359): Tenure-track Assistant Professor in theoretical quantum physics with a research focus in AMO. Appointment at the level of Associate or Full Professor is possible for exceptional candidates. To submit your application for consideration please go to

Applicants should have earned a Ph.D. in physics or a related field and have post Ph.D. experience. Successful candidates are expected to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (one class per semester), maintain an outstanding record of original published research, and develop an independent, internationally recognized, externally funded research program that complements existing research efforts at OU on ultracold atoms, molecules, and gases; microelectronic, photonic, and quantum devices; quantum optics; precision spectroscopy; quantum information and entanglement; scanning probe microscopy; quantum, topological, and strongly-correlated materials; and photovoltaics.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, CV, list of publications, statement of research interests, and statement of teaching interests should be uploaded directly to the web addresses provided above. Screening of applications will begin December 1, 2018. These positions will remain open until filled. OU is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and serving the educational, cultural, economic and healthcare needs of the state, region, and nation. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the #1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013.

Additional Information can be found at the following links:

The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Oct 13, 2018 - OU’s new NIST-A Physics Laboratory to Be Dedicated on Oct. 13

The University of Oklahoma will dedicate Lin Hall and the Dodge Physics Complex on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.

Named in recognition of Chun C. Lin, a professor in the OU Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy from 1955 to 1968, the building will be dedicated on the South Oval of the Norman campus. Funded by Lin and the Avenir Foundation, the new academic building will total more than 18,000 square feet of research laboratory space and will provide world-class research space for AMO and CM physics, including 12 laboratories. Lin Hall will be one of only a few buildings in the world to meet the NIST-A requirements on vibrations, temperature and humidity, as well as electromagnetic interference.

Daylong activities are being planned to celebrate the occasion, which will honor Lin’s outstanding scientific legacy begun at the university, as well as the Avenir Foundation’s continued commitment to scientific research. The celebration will begin Saturday morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of Lin Hall followed by a reception and tours of the building, as well as an evening event honoring Chun Lin and the Avenir Foundation.

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Sep 11, 2018 - Ferah Munshi and Dan White Join HLD Faculty

The faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy will be joined in the fall by two new members, Ferah Munshi, who will be the new assistant professor in the Astronomy group, and Dan White, the new assistant professor with expertise in physics education research.


Aug 15, 2018 - OK-LSAMP students spend summer at NASA Glenn Research Center

Physics & Astronomy students Logan Abshire and Tristan Thrasher recently returned from a summer (2018) spent performing research on the effects of high irradiation environments on thin-film solar cells at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC). Prior to leaving for GRC, both Logan and Tristan had been working on solar cells for space power applications within the Photovoltaic Materials and Solar Cells Group (Sellers) here at OU. This research program within Sellers' group is specifically focussed on developing novel solar cells for missions to outer planetary systems. Tristan and Logan's work has made a signifciant contribution to this effort!


Aug 09, 2018 - Facebook page with “Alumni and friends” group launched

The HLD department of Physics and Astronomy has launched a new Facebook page. Please feel free to LIKE it (link below) and email the link to all of your contacts, students and post doc's!

The new page has an 'Alumni & friends' group. Click 'visit group' on our facebook page and join our Alumni group. Please feel free to pass the word along to ALL ALUMNI!

Aug 08, 2018 - Lin Hall to be Dedicated in the Fall

The celebration and dedication of The Homer L. Dodge Physics Complex and Lin Hall will take place Oct. 12 and 13 2018. The activities will begin with a public lecture titled “Football: Its Physics and Its Future” by a guest speaker Timothy Gay at 7:30 p.m on Friday. Gay is currently a Willa Cather Professor of Physics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Light refreshments will be provided just prior to the 10 a.m. dedication of the research building on Saturday, followed by heavy hors d’oeuvres on the patio and tours of the building. A banquet is planned Saturday evening at 6 in the Sam Noble Museum. Be sure to register to attend the Lin Hall gala by October 1!

Lin Hall is a state-of-the-art research facility named in recognition of Chun C. Lin, an OU physics professor from 1955 to 1968. Professor Lin recently retired as the John and Abigail Van Vleck Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lin Hall boasts more than 18,000 square feet of world-class research space, allowing for 12 research laboratories for AMO and CM physics experiments. It is one of only a few buildings in the world to meet the NIST-A requirements on vibrations, temperature and humidity, as well as electromagnetic interference. The roof will be used for astronomical research and teaching, and includes one 14-inch telescope along with smaller telescopes for student use. Together, Nielsen Hall and Lin Hall are collectively named “The Dodge Physics Complex,” in recognition of Homer L. Dodge, who served as chair of the OU physics department from 1919 until 1944.

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Aug 06, 2018 - Marino wins NSF CAREER grant

OU physics professor Alberto Marino is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER (Faculty Early Career Development Program) Award in the amount of $500,000. Alberto will study new possibilities for the use of the spatial degree of freedom in applications ranging from long-distance quantum communications to quantum imaging. The use of that degree of freedom in long-distance quantum networks can bring about a revolution to the field of quantum information science by making it possible to transmit large amounts of information through a quantum channel. The implementation of a source with such capability has a wide range of transformative applications, such as secure communications, information processing and distributed quantum computing.

This research will be integrated with an education program that will develop the problem-solving skills of undergraduate students through participation in research and teaching laboratories. Another outreach opportunity will involve high school teachers from the NSF Research in Engineering and Teaching Program. Efforts will be made to involve underrepresented groups in the research program. 


Jun 07, 2018 - Dabbieri named 2018 Astronaut Scholar

HDL student Collin Dabbieri has been named one of the 2018/19 Astronaut Scholars of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). This scholarship recognizes an elite group of students in the US with exemplary academic performance, ingenuity and unique aptitude for research.

The incoming Astronaut Scholars are invited to attend the ASF Innovators Gala in Washington DC in September, where they will receive the Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence, recognizing their achievements. An astronaut will present all Astronaut Scholars with their award on stage during the Saturday night gala.  

Congrats Collin!

May 07, 2018 - Matt Clements leads work exploring the early history of Mars

A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team led by Matt Clement explains why the growth of Mars was stunted by an orbital instability among the outer solar system's giant planets in a new study on the evolution of the young solar system.  Read more about the press release 

Apr 11, 2018 - Matthew Peters named 2018 Goldwater Scholar

OU physics/astronomy major Matthew Peters has been named a 2018 Goldwater Scholar.  Read more about Matthew's success here: Goldwater Scholar.  Congrats Matthew!!

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Dec 13, 2018 4:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - No Colloquium
Finals Week

Postcards from the Universe

Dec 13, 2018 7:00 pm

Sam Noble Museum of Natural History - Dr. Ferah Munshi
Modeling Galaxy Evolution


Jan 17, 2019 3:45 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - No Colloquium
First week of the semester