The Department of Physics and Astronomy at UNL features state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities. The Extreme Light Laboratory houses Diocles, one of the most powerful lasers in the world. At the on-campus Student Observatory and Behlen Observatory in Mead, Nebraska, students can study astrophysical phenomena such as quasars and pulsating stars.
Graduate and undergraduate students study nanoscale magnetic materials, perform experiments to "stop" light, research matter waves and unusual behavior of chiral molecules, and study the fundamental constituents of the matter that makes up our universe at some of the world's highest-energy particle accelerator laboratories.
In the Department of Physics and Astronomy, there are countless exciting possibilities to explore!
Physics & Astronomy News
Several news outlets have reported on the announcement regarding the new High Energy Physics award for the CMS pixel upgrade. These include: the Lincoln Journal Star, the Omaha World-Herald, KOLN/KGIN (10-11), KFOR (1240 AM), KLIN (1400 AM), KNOP-TV (North Platte), and Nebraska Radio Network. The news release also appeared on the CIC's Big Science Newswire.
A team of UNL physicists led by Dr. Aaron Dominguez has been selected to lead a five-year, nearly $11.5-million research collaboration involving eight universities to improve the effectiveness of a critical component of the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest atom-smasher. Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Prem Paul, vice chancellor for research and economic development, celebrated this research success in Jorgensen Hall on July 8, 2014. UNL Today reported on the news.
Dr. Anthony Starace received an honorary D.Sc. degree from Voronezh State University, Russia, on Friday, June 20, 2014, and presented an invited talk. More information and photos can be found in an article on the university's website (the text is in Russian, but if you open the link in the Chrome browser, Google will translate the page into English).
"Particle Fever" continued for a second week at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, and ran through May 8, 2014. It opened April 25. The documentary follows scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider. UNL faculty and graduate students who work on the project participated in an April 27 movie talk, including Dr. Gregory Snow, Dr. Aaron Dominguez, and graduate students Ekaterina Avdeeva and Rami Kamalieddin.