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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!

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NSF's Science 360 News Service posted a video featuring Dr. Xia Hong, Assistant Professor.  It was produced when she received the NSF CAREER Award.  Hong's grant investigates Interface Engineered Multiferroics and Nanoscale Phase Modulation in Complex Oxide Heterostructures.  More information about her research can be found here.




Professor Emeritus Gordon A. Gallup died on March 26, 2014.  He came to UNL in 1955, becoming a full professor of chemistry in 1964.  In 1993 he retired from teaching and spent time as a courtesy research professor with the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  His obituary appeared in the Lincoln Journal Star.

Sir Issac Newton helped take nearly 160 fifth graders for a spin as the 41st year of Saturday Science opened February 1st in Jorgensen Hall.

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