Department News

Aug 15, 2018 - Deployable CIGS Solar Cells for Small Satellite Deep Space Missions

Dr. Sellers awarded $300,000 by OCAST-OARS

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 Inaugurated October 12-13, 2018

The celebration and dedication of The Dodge Physics Complex and the new Lin Hall will take place October 12th thru October 13th, 2018. The activities will begin with a public lecture entitled “Football: Its Physics and Its Future” by a guest speaker, Dr. Timothy Gay on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided starting @ 9:00 a.m. We will head over to the dedication @ 9:45 followed by heavy hors d’oeuvres and tours of the building. Join us for the ROAD TO EXCELLENCE GALA Saturday evening in the Sam Noble Museum beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a cash bar. Be sure to register October 1, 2018! (Registration link below)

Lin Hall is a state of the art research facility housing named in recognition of Chun C. Lin, an OU physics professor from 1955 to 1968. Dr. 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.

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!!

Jan 29, 2018 - Alum Berdis wins prestigious NASA Fellowship

Physics & Astronomy undergraduate alumnus Jodi Berdis recently won a prestigious NASA Jenkins Fellowship, described in more detail here.  Congrats Jodi!!

Jan 25, 2018 - Neal Lane publishes op-ed piece in NYT

Neal Lane, a member of the department's Board of Visitors, recently coauthored an op-ed article in the New York Times. The piece alludes to the dangers of public policies that are not anchored in solid scientific advice, and notes that the White House has not nomimated a presidential science advisor yet. Neal Lane was the science advisor to President Bill Clinton and is a senior fellow in science and technology at the Baker Institute at Rice University. The complete article can be found at:


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