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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!

Physics & Astronomy News

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.

Using a compact but powerful laser, a research team the Diocles Extreme Light laboratory has developed a new way to generate synchrotron X-rays. The full publication, "Quasi-monoenergetic and tunable X-rays from a laser-driven Compton light source," is online at Nature.


A team at the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience has developed permanent magnet materials through a new process of growing and assembling nanoscale magnetic clusters. The full publication, "Magnetic Materials: Novel Nanostructured Rare-Earth-Free Magnetic Materials with High Energy Products" is available online via Advanced Materials. 

Several UNL physicists played a part in the research behind the Nobel Prize for Physics that was awarded to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert on October 8, 2013.

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