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Writing the Rules of the Universe

February 10th, 2017


Research at CERN has led to some of the largest and most significant discoveries in particle physics in human history, expanding mankind's understanding of space and time. In Stillwater, a team of Oklahoma State University scientists and students help push humanity's knowledge of reality forward.

Joseph Haley, assistant professor of physics, serves as the point man for a team of OSU faculty, students and post-doc researchers working with scientists and institutions from around the world on the ATLAS Experiment.

Short for "A Toroidal LHC Apparatus," ATLAS is an experiment aimed at utilizing the energy output available from the Large Hadron Collider to observe phenomena not previously observable through lower-energy colliders. The goal is to illuminate theories of particle physics beyond the "Standard Model," a formulation developed in the mid-1970s that attempts to explain how matter behaves at the subatomic level.

"The basic idea is that it boils down to Einstein's Theory of Relativity," Haley says. "It works well, but we know it has problems. … It explains almost every measurement we've done, it's the best tested theory in history, but if we use it to calculate what should happen at higher energies, certain calculations give nonsense answers, such as probabilities greater than 100 percent."

As matter approaches the speed of light, Haley says, Newtonian mechanics begins to break down, so Einstein's Theory of Spatial Relativity is used to predict how matter will behave at near-light speeds. The Standard Model serves a similar function in particle physics, allowing scientists to say how particles will behave at certain energy levels. As interactions begin to take place at higher and higher energy levels, however, the Standard Model begins to no longer fit, so a new theory is needed.

ATLAS was created to help discover that theory.

Along with Flera Rizatdinova and Alexander Khanov, Haley leads a small team of assistants and scientists searching for new particles created in the collisions produced at CERN by the LHC facility. Members of the group work both on-site at CERN and from facilities in Stillwater.

The complete article by Bryan Trude appears in OSU Research Matters 2017 and is also available in PDF form at Writing the Rules of the Universe.





2016-17 Niblack Research Scholar Charith DeSilva

January 30th, 2017


Watch an interview with 2016-17 Niblack Research Scholar Charith DeSilva on OState TV.





Professor Babu named Distinguished Scholar by Fermilab

January 20th, 2017


Dr Kaladi BabuDr. Kaladi Babu, interim head of the Department of Physics at Oklahoma State University, has been named a distinguished scholar by the country's largest and most prominent particle physics laboratories.

Babu is one of three theoretical physicists named as a 2017 Distinguished Scholar by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, or Fermilab, the largest particle accelerator facility in the U.S.

"I am thrilled about being recognized as a Fermilab Distinguished Scholar and the opportunity it provides to engage in research on the national scene at Fermilab," said Babu, a Regents Professor of Physics at OSU.

The two-year appointment gives Babu an affiliation with Fermilab, along with the same research opportunities and support afforded its own scientists. It is the second year for the program, launched by Fermilab in 2016 with the selection of four scientists at U.S. universities.

In addition to spending at least four weeks a year at Fermilab's facility in Illinois, Babu will be able to bring two students or postdocs to work alongside some of the brightest minds in theoretical particle physics.

"This will enable my group to showcase its research done here at OSU, and also help initiate research collaborations with renowned scientists," said Babu. "More significantly, it will provide my students a great opportunity to spend time at Fermilab and be exposed to research at the highest level. I am especially thrilled about exploring new ideas in neutrino physics, where Fermilab is set to be the world leader, and where I have some expertise."

Also named as 2017 distinguished scholars are Dr. Kaustubh Agashe, University of Maryland; and Dr. John Beacom, Ohio State University.

Fermilab was founded in 1967 on the site of the former town of Weston, Ill., near the community of Batavia. Named in honor of Enrico Fermi, the Italian physicist who created the first nuclear reactor, Fermilab is currently directed by Nigel Lockyer.

"A major goal of the program is to strengthen connections between the Fermilab Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics groups and the wider U.S. particle-theory community," said Lockyer in a release. "It also aims to increase resident theoretical expertise in targeted physics areas to support the Fermilab experimental program."





Heinz Hall

January 9th, 2017


Heinz Hall, who served as our Physics and Chemistry Instrument Shop Manager for 30 years, died peacefully at his home on December 23, 2016 at the age of 90 surrounded by family and friends. His obituary is available on the Strodhe Funeral Home website.





Staff Spotlight

December 16th, 2016


Alisha Leach RecognitionRecently Alisha Leach was recognized by the university for her achievements in completing the OSU Ambassador program. This is a nice honor, which resulted from Alisha's hard work for over a year and a half. She is now even more prepared to help students, faculty and staff and to represent OSU. Congratulations, Alisha!





Student Spotlight

October 28th, 2016


Adam ColemanOur own graduate student Adam Coleman was recognized recently by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where Adam spent last summer doing research. He has been awarded an XCP Spot Award for his performance at LANL over the summer, for his contributions as a student. Well done Adam!





Faculty Spotlight

October 28th, 2016


Aihua XieAihua Xie has been appointed as a member of the Scientific Reports editorial board. The Scientific Reports is a journal from Nature Publishing Group, the publisher of Nature, with a high impact factor of 5.23. Congratulations to Aihua for this honor.





Faculty Spotlight

October 28th, 2016


John MintmireJohn Mintmire has been elected as a member at large of the executive committee of the APS Topical Group on Energy Research and Applications (GERA). Congratulations to John for this nice recognition.





Faculty Spotlight

October 28th, 2016


Mario BorundaMario Borunda has been selected as one of the Emerging Leaders Under 40 by the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals of Stillwater. He is one among eleven recognized with this award from a pool of over 60 nominees.

The Emerging Leaders recognition program began in 2013 by the Young Professionals of Stillwater as a way to celebrate the accomplishments of those who are making a difference in Stillwater personally, professionally and civically. These individuals demonstrate qualities of a well-rounded professional who excel in multiple areas, including professional and community aspects. Mario's citation recognized his professional accomplishments as a researcher and teacher in the Physics Department, accomplishments around the community (in particular, the Nanodays collaboration with the Oklahoma WONDERtorium), and his efforts in making a difference in Stillwater by mentoring students at OSU. Congratulations to Mario for this well deserving recognition!





Student Spotlight

October 28th, 2016


Our own graduate student Adam Coleman was recognized recently by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where Adam spent last summer doing research. He has been awarded an XCP Spot Award for his performance at LANL over the summer, for his contributions as a student. Well done Adam!





Physics begins search for new Department Head

September 1st, 2016


The Department of Physics at Oklahoma State University invites applications for the position of Department Head. The position will be at the rank of Full Professor with tenure.

Position Announcement: Department Head





Physics department holds week-long QuarkNet workshop for Oklahoma high school teachers

July 21st, 2016


The OSU high energy physics experimenters took a break from their busy schedule of searching for new particles at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva (and occasionally finding one, as in the case of the Higgs boson in 2012) to immerse themselves in conveying the excitement of research to Oklahoma high school teachers. Drs. Flera Rizatdinova, Joseph Haley and Alexander Khanov were at it again this summer, when a group of 19 high school teachers spent a week at OSU learning about cutting-edge research and gaining hands-on experience in making affordable "cloud chambers" that can detect charged particles.

The QuarkNet program, headed by Dr. Rizatdinova, and supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, held the annual workshop at OSU in June with participation by teachers from all over Oklahoma. Dr. Haley played an important role in all organizational matters, with invaluable support from the physics office staff. The workshop focused mainly on two topics: principles of the detection of particles at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and gravitational wave detection. Dr. Michael Strauss from OU was also available to lend a helping hand. This group prepared a series of lectures on particle detectors and on the Higgs boson, and addressed questions related to the LHC. In addition, Dr. Eric Benton, from the radiation physics group, introduced the Geiger counter and explained its principles and its applications in everyday life. The teachers had an opportunity to make measurements with these counters. They learned first-hand about ongoing research in Dr. Benton's lab, as well as in the optics labs of Drs. Yingmei Liu and Gil Summy, where they were exposed to Bose-Einstein condensates. Our graduate students, Oliver Causey, Aaron Braly, Jiating Ni and Zihe Chen, did a great job serving as the tour-guides for these laboratories.

One particular hands-on activity seemed to intrigue the school teachers. They made their own cloud chambers with relatively cheap kits bought through QuarkNet funds. The teachers were pleasantly surprised when they learned that they could take these cloud chambers back to their classrooms.

The second half of the workshop opened with a presentation by Dr. Peter Shull on the theory of gravitational waves. Rick Dower, a Quarknet Leadership Fellow, came to OSU to talk at length about the recent discovery of the gravitational waves made by the LIGO experiment. This discovery has gained world-wide attention as one remarkable proof of Einstein's general theory of relativity. The teachers also had a chance to analyze seismic data collected by the LIGO experiment. Following the analyzation, the teachers had a videoconference with scientist from LIGO headquarters in Hanford, Washington. During this call the teachers were able to ask the scientists questions.

The school teachers were not just passive listeners at this workshop. Cyndi Ice, a science teacher from Deer Creek high school, made a presentation on the principles of the Large Hadron Collider. Chelsea Foo, a teacher from Edmond Santa Fe high school, made a presentation on cloud chambers and physics of cosmic muons. All teachers made posters on their LIGO studies.

In-depth discussions on teaching methods, current situation with K-12 education in Oklahoma, and strengthening connections between high school science teachers and OSU faculty occurred during the workshop. At the end of the workshop, Dr. Haley and Dr. Rizatdinova presented QuarkNet certificates to all teachers. It was indeed an exciting week for all involved. Well done folks!





Physics Department Teaches High School Students About A World Project

April 5th, 2016


High school students from Oklahoma City are among a select group learning particle physics from the world's top scientific minds through a masterclass at Oklahoma State University.

OSU physics professors Dr. Joe Haley, Dr. Sasha Khanov and Dr. Flera Ritzatdinova used their involvement with the A Toroidal LHC Apparatus experiment, called ATLAS and currently underway in Switzerland, to launch the ATLAS Masterclass outreach program and host a series of events this spring. The students came to campus, where they were introduced to particle physics, the ATLAS experiment and data analysis. The conference ended with a video conference with Fermilab, a particle physics laboratory in Batavia, Illinois.





Black Phosphorus Oxidation Caught on Film

September 18th, 2015


An OSU physicist is part of the international team who showed a mechanism for oxidation of black phosphorus. In collaboration with the team led by Salvador Barraza (U of Arkansas) and Alejandro Pacheco (U. del Norte, Colombia), Mario Borunda, Assistant Professor of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences and expert in semiconductors, showed how phosphorene structures changes shape as it oxidizes. Black phosphorous is an allotrope of phosphorus. Phosphorene, a single layer of black phosphorous, was isolated and used to make electronic devices last year. Being a semiconductor, this new two-dimensional material is similar to graphene and could lead to future devices such as transistors. Yet, unlike graphene, phosphorene is unstable as it readily oxidizes and its degradation dynamics had been largely unknown. Using computational and theoretical techniques, it was found that oxygen molecules break-up near intrinsic defects such as dislocation lines and structural curvature which results in the breaking of the structure and degradation.

Intrinsic Defects, Fluctuations of the Local Shape, and the Photo-Oxidation of Black Phosphorus
Kainen L. Utt, Pablo Rivero, Mehrshad Mehboudi, Edmund O. Harriss, Mario F. Borunda, Alejandro A. Pacheco SanJuan, and Salvador Barraza-Lopez
ACS Central Science Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.5b00244





OSU Graduate Students on South Dakota Television

July 27th, 2015


Professor Kaladi Babu and his two PhD students, Saki Khan and Shaikh Saad, hope that the answers to some of the most fundamental questions in physics may be revealed deep underground -- and they are not alone. Scientists from around the world attended the 5th annual program organized by The Center for Theoretical Underground Physics and Related Areas (CETUP*) to discuss neutrinos, dark matter, particle physics and cosmology. "This workshop is an excellent opportunity to present one's research work, discuss, argue and collaborate," said OSU graduated student Shaikh Saad. "Giving a talk in such an excellent environment full of outstanding scientists is always exciting, it is always full of discussions and arguments." According to Barbara Szczerbinska, a physics professor from Dakota State University, who is the main organizers of CETUP*, "It's not a peaceful discussion. It's not a peaceful talk. Never, ever."

Prof. Babu, also an organizer of this year's program, gave a talk on "Radiative Neutrino Masses and Leptogenesis." Saad gave a presentation titled "Anarchy in Unified Theories" and fellow graduate student Saki Khan talked about "Minimal non-supersymetric SO(10) Model: Gauge Coupling Unification, Proton Decay and Fermion Masses." All of these works will soon be submitted for publication, but their curiosity continue for some time. "Most of us are here asking very fundamental questions which have to do with the origin of the universe, and where we are going, Prof. Babu says. "The return is mostly intellectual for now. Practical results for these kinds of questions we address will come, hopefully, much later. So I think we’re really trying to understand, intellectually, where we stand in the universe.

In addition to research, the participants were given a tour of the nearby Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), located in the old Homestake gold mine that is now a state-of-the-art research laboratory. The participants went 4850 feet underground to visit the Davis Campus, named for Nobel laureate Ray Davis, who did the first neutrino experiment there in the 1960's when it was still an operating gold mine. The underground lab now hosts multiple physics experiments on neutrinos and dark matter. The two major experiments are LUX, the most sensitive dark matter detector in the world, and the Majorana Demonstrator Experiment that will try to determine if a neutrino is its own anti-particle. In the coming years, it is expected that the laboratory will be at the receiving end of an international long baseline neutrino experiment from Fermilab near Chicago, termed DUNE -- Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

KELOLAND TV, Sioux Falls, SD Article, "Lead Middle School Hosts International Physicists."

Black Hills Pioneer News Article, "Science in theory and practice."





Awards Banquet 2015

April 29th, 2015


Congratulations to all of this years award recipients, scholarship recipients, and graduates!

Gregory Beauregard, Outstanding Junior
Matthew Ciesler, Outstanding Senior
Penghui Lin, Outstanding Graduate T.A.
Timothy Gustafson, Outstanding Graduate T.A.
Shreyashi Chakdar, Outstanding Graduate R.A.
Saki Kahn, Outstanding Graduate R.A.

Daniel Stevens Scholarship (New Awards): Greg Beauregard, Benjamin Cottrell, Thrasher Garrison, Charles James, Mason Keesling, Brian Leninger, Kaitlin Mitchell, Daniel Oliver, Cameron Racz, Amanda Sheridan, and Cannon Vogel
Daniel Stevens Scholarship (Continuing): Charith DeSilva, Todd Edmonds, Joshua Hall, Tristen Lee, and Jackson Stubblefield

Graduating Students - Bachelors: Nathan Depaulo, William Vernon, Matthew Ciesler, Aaron Downey, Saxon Sampley, and Justin Vernon

Graduating Students - Doctorate: MD Foiez Ahmed, Shreyashi Chakdar, Lian Duan, Penghui Lin, Mingxian Su, and Amanda Taylor





Physicist Searches for Billion Year Old Particles

January 26th, 2015


Dr. Joe Haley, assistant professor of physics, is one of the leaders of the OSU High Energy Physics group that has joined scientists from around the world conducting research near Geneva, Switzerland, at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research to discover subatomic particles that haven't existed for billions of years. Haley's team is currently searching for vector-like quarks, particles predicted by theorists to explain some of the problems in the Standard Model of physics. If these particles are found, it would transform the current thinking of particle physics and help answer questions like the source of dark matter. The complete article with a brief video interview of Dr. Haley is available on the College of A&S Website.





Several OSU Physics Faculty and Former Students (at Lockheed-Martin) Were Involved in Last Weeks NASA Orion Launch

December 8th, 2014


Razvan Gaza is the lead on the Orion radiation protection program and worked for the design of the Orion capsule for radiation protection of the future crew. Razvan installed the radiation area monitors (RAM) in the capsule.

Ramona Gaza works at NASA Johnson Space Center as a contractor in the Space Radiation Analysis Group (SRAG) and will be analyzing the RAM data for SRAG.

The RAM contains radiation detectors (called OSLDs) developed by Steve McKeever's group at OSU and for which OSU owns the patents. Mark Akselrod worked with McKeever’s group here at OSU on this development.

Mark is currently Chief Scientist at Landauer, Stillwater Crystal Growth Division, where the OSLDs are produced and provided them to NASA.

The Orion capsule contained an OSU flag during its maiden voyage. Razvan and Ramona will present this to the Physics Department once it is returned to them.





Lusaka Bhattacharya Receives APS M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship

September 17th, 2014


One of our Physics Department members, Lusaka Bhattacharya, has received one of the five M. Hildred Blewett Fellowships awarded nationally this year. This award has been given out annually over the past decade to women who are returning to their careers after they take some time off for family or other reasons. Dr. Bhattacharya studied theoretical nuclear physics at the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics in India and received her PhD from the University of Calcutta in 2012. Studying nuclear physics there, she focused on studying quark gluon plasma, and traveled a great deal to present her work around the world. She traveled to universities and research institutions in Israel, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Finland and the United States. While working on her doctorate, she met her husband and the two married in 2010. He finished his degree early and traveled first to Helsinki then Oklahoma for his post-doc work. After Bhattacharya finished her doctorate in 2012, she moved to Oklahoma to join her husband. "My husband is a theoretical physicist like me, but it is very difficult to get a post doctoral position in the same university," she said.

It was the first time the two had been able to live in the same city for an extended period of time. Bhattacharya decided to take some time away from research and start a family. Earlier this year, her first son was born. "Now he’s almost nine months old so now I think I should start my career again," she said. She started volunteering at Oklahoma State University to collaborate with her mentor at Kent State University. She’s helping to develop a photon probe for detecting when quark gluon plasma has been created in accelerator collisions.

More details are available at the APS News Site.





OSU Research Team Awarded $750,000 NASA Grant

August 21st, 2014


An interdisciplinary team with researchers from Oklahoma State University’s Tulsa and Stillwater campuses was recently awarded a $750,000 grant from NASA for a project to develop a composite material that will protect astronauts from radiation on space missions. The project leaders include Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan, Varnadow Chair and OSU-Tulsa professor of materials science and engineering, Dr. Raman Singh, OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center director, C.F. Colcord Chair and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Dr. Eric Benton, OSU associate professor of physics. Dr. Victoria Duca Snowden at the Space Grant Program at the University of Oklahoma will administer the project, assisted by Dr. Madeline Baugher at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Dr. Benton’s effort will emphasize testing and modeling the properties of the shielding materials developed by his collaborators. More details can be found on the OSU Tulsa News Site.





Graduate Student receives recognition as a KITP Graduate Fellow for Fall 2014

July 31st, 2014


Shreyashi Chakdar became the first graduate student from Physics Department, OSU to receive the recognition of becoming a Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics Graduate Fellow for Fall 2014. She is a graduate student in High Energy Physics Group (Theory), OSU working with Dr. Satya Nandi. The Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics (KITP) is a research institute of the University of California, Santa Barbara and is one of the most renowned institutes for theoretical physics in the world. The purpose of the KITP Graduate Fellowship Program is to offer a unique opportunity for a group of selected particle physics graduate students in the United States to spend a semester in KITP, participate in KITP research programs and collaborate with some of their Scientists. Four graduate students are selected from different US institutions in Fall 2014 semester as Graduate Fellows and Shreyashi Chakdar from OSU is one of them.





AMO physicist receives a NSF CAREER Award

May 14th, 2014


Dr. Liu received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for her research on ultracold atoms, "Sodium Spinor Condensates and Their Applications in Quantum Information Science". The research supported under this CAREER award will apply a sodium spinor Bose-Einstein condensate to generate massive entanglement in the vicinity of Dicke states, and to create spin-squeezing via collectively coupling atoms to a light field with a quantum non-demolition measurement. The goals of this research are both of fundamental interest for advancing our understanding of quantum physics, and of technological significance.





Dr. William A. Sibley

May 14th, 2014


The Department of Physics will miss our colleague, William A. Sibley, who passed away on May 12, 2014.

Born in Texas, Bill attended primary and secondary schools in California and Oklahoma, graduating from Central High School.  He studied physics at the University of Oklahoma and received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate there.  He then did postdoctoral work in Aachen, Germany.  A retired major in the U.S. army reserves, he is a combat veteran of the Korean War.

He began his career in physics in 1961 as a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.  In 1970, he moved to Stillwater, OK to become head of the physics department at Oklahoma State University where he eventually became Assistant Vice President for Research.  In 1979 he was named as Outstanding Teacher at OSU.  In 1988, Dr. Sibley became program director at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., and served as acting director of the Division of Materials Research during the summer of 1990.

In 1990, Bill returned to education to serve as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Physics at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. While at UAB, Bill served as Assistant to the Provost and was named a recipient of the UAB President’s Medal for outstanding dedication and service.  From UAB, Dr. Sibley went back to the National Science Foundation to work as the program director for the Centers for Research and Excellence in Science and Technology.

Following his service with the NSF, the Sibleys "retired" to Oklahoma where Bill became president of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), an organization which he helped develop several years earlier.  Following his retirement from OCAST he focused on research as a visiting professor at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Bill was not only an incredible man of distinction, but he touched many lives from all walks of life and throughout the world.





Dr. Brandy White Develops Self-Decontaminating Materials

April 22nd, 2014


"Dr. Brandy White, at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering, is making materials that capture entire classes of contaminants, then break them down into something harmless. Her technology is stable and can be used for clothing, air filters, or even coated on windows and vehicles." Dr. White earned her doctorate in Photonics at Oklahoma State University. Read the complete NRL news article by Kyra Wiens.





Awards Banquet 2014

April 22nd, 2014


Congratulations to all of this years award recipients, scholarship recipients, and graduates!

Aaron Downey, Outstanding Junior
Micah Webb, Outstanding Senior
Saki Khan, Outstanding Graduate T.A.
Jiating Ni, Outstanding Graduate T.A.
Kenan Qu, Outstanding Theoretical R.A.
Zhouyang Kang, Outstanding Experimental R.A.

Daniel Stevens Scholarship (New Awards): Charith DeSilva, Tristen Lee, and Jackson Stubblefield
Daniel Stevens Scholarship (Continuing): Travis Ayers, Aaron Downey, Todd Edmonds, Joshua Hall, Garrett Hickman, Adam Lin, and Michael Vestal
Elton Kohnke Scholarship (New Awards): Jonathan Andreasen and Jackson Stubblefield
Earl Lafon Scholarship (New Awards): Greg Beauregard





Undergraduate Students Win at the 11th Research Week Symposium

March 21st, 2014


Robert Radford won first place (and $100.00) in the Physical Sciences and Technology area for presenting a paper of research done under the guidance of Dr. Borunda. Micah Webb won first place (and $100.00) in the Physical Sciences and Technology area for presenting a poster of research done under the guidance of Dr. Liu. The Research Symposium Awards will be presented on Wednesday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m. in the 465 Student Union (Starlight Terrace) as part of the GPSGA's annual Awards Ceremony.





New Instrument to Enable Cutting-Edge Research

September 13th, 2013


From left to right are Robert Belnap, Junpeng Deng, Aihua Xie and Wouter Hoff.The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year grant of more than half million dollars to a multi-disciplinary research team with 17 investigators for acquisition of a unique, state-of-the-art infrared spectroscopic and imaging system to establish a new research facility at Oklahoma State University. Funded through the premier NSF major research instrument (MRI) program, the project will be led by Aihua Xie, professor of physics and Fellow of American Physical Society, in close collaboration with professors Robert Burnap, Junpeng Deng and Wouter Hoff.





2013 Nobel Prize in Physics

October 8th, 2013


OSU High Energy Physics Graduate student Shreyashi Chakdar with 2013 Nobel Laureate Prof Peter Higgs in "69th Scottish Universities Summer School in Physics" held at St Andrews,UK between 19th August -1st September 2012. Shreyashi Chakdar presented a poster about her research in "Unity of Elementary Particles and forces for the Third Family." in the school where Prof Higgs was a speaker and also the judge of that particular Poster presentation. We are delighted to know that Prof Higgs has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics and Congratulate him dearly.





Public Lecture by Dr. Edward S. Fry

October 8th, 2013


Dr. Edward S. Fry, George P. Mitchell Professor of Experimental Physics, Texas A&M University, will present "Determinism, Einstein, and Quantum Mechanics" on Thursday, October 10 at 8:00pm in 123 Animal Science.





Physics Colloquium by Dr. Nicholas Suntzeff

October 8th, 2013


Dr. Nicholas Suntzeff, Mitchell/Heep/Munnerlyn Professor of Observational Astronomy, Texas A&M University, will present "The Future of Supernova Cosmology" on Thursday, October 10 at 3:30pm in 110 Physical Science.





OSU Offers First Infrared Structural Biology Workshop

August 13th, 2013


Oklahoma State University hosted the first Oklahoma Infrared Structural Biology Workshop at the Henry Bellmon Research Center July 29 to August 2.

Infrared structural biology is a powerful emerging technology that enables unique and sensitive detections of dynamic structural motions in proteins. It allows scientists to "see" proteins in action. This technology has multiple advantages over other structural biology techniques, namely its high structural sensitivity, outstanding time sensitivity (1 picosecond or 1 millionth of millionth of a second), and wide time window (from 1 picosecond to kiloseconds). Many areas of protein research can benefit from this emerging technology, including the understanding and treatment of many diseases that are caused by protein malfunction, understanding and application of electron transfer and proton transfer in molecular bioenergy, as well as fundamental understanding of life at molecular levels.

The main goal of this workshop was to provide education and training to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in infrared structural biology and to develop OSU as a leader in applications of infrared structural biology to enhance broad areas of protein science research. Seven doctoral students and one postdoctoral researcher from three graduate programs participated in this workshop.

This workshop was jointly sponsored by the OSU Infrared Structural Biology Initiative Program, which is led by OSU physicist Dr. Aihua Xie, the OSU Interdisciplinary Creative Planning Program, which is managed by the Provost’s office, and OSU Department of Physics. Dr. Xie, a professor of physics and Fellow of American Physical Society, was the organizer and the main instructor of the workshop. She said, "I was grateful for the many supporters of the workshop, particularly to Mr. Zhouyang Kang, a senior PhD student in physics, for his hard work and skillful instruction in hands-on FTIR spectroscopic studies of biomolecules and computer-assisted studies of molecular vibrations. I am also grateful to Ms. Christine Nichols, outreach coordinator from OSU College of Arts and Sciences, for her professional, friendly, timely and tireless support in handling all administrative aspects of the workshop, and to OSU Interdisciplinary Creative Planning Program for financial support."





OSU’s M. S. Degree in Physics with option in Medical Physics is granted CAMPEP accreditation

July 15th, 2013


We are pleased to announce that Oklahoma State University’s M. S. Degree in Physics with option in Medical Physics was granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc. (CAMPEP), on May 15, 2013. Reviewers have commented on the program excellent support from the University at all levels, as well as the excellent faculty and a strong record in radiation dosimetry research. We invite applications to the program for the Fall 2014, which will be open in November 2013.





Esteemed Emeritus Professor, Dr. N.V.V. J. Swamy, Passes Away

June 13th, 2013


The Department of Physics is saddened by the loss of our beloved former colleague and emeritus professor, Dr. N.V V.J. Swamy. He passed away the morning of June 13 in his hometown of Visakhapatnam in India. Dr. Swamy received his Ph. D. in Physics from Florida State University in theoretical nuclear physics, and joined OSU Physics in the early sixties. He was the first Indian tenure-track faculty member at OSU. He was a highly regarded professor at OSU, and was well-known in his field for his many contributions. His students also loved him for his devotion to teaching and research. In 1988 he retired as an emeritus professor at an early age, and began a second academic career to provide service to the students in India. The past two decades he has taught pro bono in many institutions in India, passing on his knowledge and expertise to the students in his native India until his death today. He will be sorely missed by the OSU Department of Physics.





Awards Banquet 2013

April 25th, 2013


Congratulations to all of this years award recipients, scholarship recipients, and graduates!

Matthew Zarachoff, Outstanding Junior
Jonathan Harrison, Outstanding Senior
Ayon Patra, Outstanding Graduate T.A.
Timothy Gustafson, Outstanding Graduate T.A.
Durmus Karabacak, Outstanding Theoretical R.A.
Lichao Zhao, Outstanding Experimental R.A.

Stevens, Kohnke & Lafon Scholarship Recipients: Travis Ayers, Aaron Downey, Todd Edmonds, Joshua Hall Jonathan Harrison, Garrett Hickman, Michael Vestal, Micah Webb, Aaron Braly, Nicholas Melko, Jared Smith, and Matthew Zarachoff.

Graduating Students
Bachelors: Jared Austin, Edgar Nandayapa, Natalie Camp, Josiah Couch, Trevor Word.
Masters: Ryan Clark, Aaron Ruse, Mohammad Islam, Jonathan Monson, Jigang Zhao, Chris Brown, Brandon Doull.
Doctorate: Mohamad Islam, Sandip Kaledhonkar, Pavan Pillalamarri, Rajendra Shrestha, Razvan Stoian, Zhouyang Kang, James Bartz, Emanuela Ene.





Innovation in Medical Physics Education Award Finalist

April 24th, 2013


An abstract written by our graduate student, Chris Brown, entitled: Designing a Low Cost Digital Imaging System for Medical Physics Education has been chosen as a finalist for the Innovation in Medical Physics Education Award given by the American Association of Medical Physicists (AAPM). He will give a presentation at this summer's AAPM conference over his abstract, and the award winner will be announced at the awards banquet at the conference.


Suggested Author List: Chris Brown, Jerimy Polf

Due to the increasing demand for trained Medical Physicists and increased interest in Medical Physics by students, many academic physics departments have begun to offer Medical Physics courses as well as graduate programs. To institute a new program, it helps to have feasible equipment that will provide hands on experience and teaching of the concepts central to Medical Physics. For example, clinical digital radiography systems are typically used for teaching the basic concepts of digital imaging.  However, such systems can cost>$100,000, posing a financial barrier, and making alternatives to commercial systems desirable for most academic departments. The purpose of this work was to develop a low cost digital radiography system for teaching purposes using used or surplus materials.

Methods and Materials:
We first identified five essential components of a radiography system, namely, the x-ray source, the detector, data acquisition, image display and processing, and radiation shielding/protection.  We then acquired used or surplus items for each component. A lead-lined wood box was built and each component installed to produce the imaging system. We then performed several basic commissioning tests to characterize the contrast, spatial resolution and noise of the acquired x-ray images.

Our results show that the system is capable of producing digital x-ray images with optimal spatial resolution and noise levels of 0.77mm and 4%, respectively. Characteristic contrast curves show adequate contrast is produced in the image over a wide range of material thicknesses and densities.

These results show that an educational digital radiography system can be produced from cheap (or free) used/surplus items, thus fitting within the budgets of most academic physics departments. The design and construction of such a system has shown to be a great exercise for students learning the basics concepts of digital medical imaging systems.





SPS Star Party

February 12th, 2013


Society of Physics Students Star Party: 13 February 2013 starting at 7 pm (weather permitting).

This start party is a "shakedown" for SPS students to learn how to use the telescopes. We will have at least four telescopes set up to view the Moon, Jupiter and its moons, the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy and other wonders of the night sky. We'll also have two iPad kiosks that we're borrowing from the OSU Library to present information on the objects we'll be viewing.

SPS students are invited (strongly encouraged) to participate. Pizza will be provided at 5 pm in PS147 before we have to set up the telescopes.





Oklahoma AMO Physics Research Day

February 11th, 2013


The OSU Physics Department will be hosting the 1st Oklahoma AMO Physics Research Day on February 15, 2013. The event will be located in the Starlight Terrace beginning at 10:30 am and ending around 5:30 pm and is open to the public. There will be both oral and poster presentations made by OU and OSU AMO physicists as indicated below. There will be a dinner for all presenters immediately following the presentation session until approximately 7:30 pm. See the presentation abstracts and the presentation schedule





Dr. McKeever named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

January 28th, 2013


Dr. Stephen McKeever, vice president for research and technology transfer at Oklahoma State University, will be inducted as a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors at the academy’s upcoming conference February 21-22 in Tampa, Florida.





Dr. Girish Agarwal Recognized As World Leader In Quantum Optics

January 9th, 2013


Regents Physics Professor Girish Agarwal came to OSU in 2004, looking for a place to do his research in quantum optics – the application of quantum mechanics to how light interacts with matter.

Eight years later, the scholar is the recipient of the Eminent Faculty Award that recognizes the highest level of scholarly achievement at OSU. The award was presented in November at the University Awards Convocation.

Agarwal, who received his doctoral degree from the University of Rochester in 1969, was born in 1946 in Bareilly, a town in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The theoretician spent much of his career in India, where he was the director of the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad for 10 years and held the Einstein chair of the Indian National Science Academy.

His research has earned him global acclaim in his discipline. His monograph "quantum optics" has been cited more than 600 times, he says. He published his first book from OSU in November 2012. His latest book on quantum optics published by the Cambridge University Press is meant for graduate students and postdocs.

Agarwal's work has been recognized at the highest level, as witnessed by his election as a fellow of The Royal Society, where he joined the ranks of Sir Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin.

He has won accolades including Germany's Humboldt Research Award, the Max Born prize of the Optical Society of America, the Third World Academy of Sciences Prize in Physics, and the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize from the Indian government.

He says that in the American university system he can continue with his research as long as I chose to do so.

"I've found a home at OSU where I may freely pursue my work and mentor graduate students," he says.





Dr. Babu Appointed Regents Professor

December 17th, 2012


Dr. Kaladi Babu was appointed Regents Professor of Physics at this years Fall Convocation.





Dr. Agarwal Receives Eminent Faculty Award

December 17th, 2012


The Eminent Faculty Award, which recognizes the highest level of scholarly achievement at OSU, was presented to Girish Agarwal, Regents Professor of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences. His accomplishments span a broad area of scholarship in quantum optics. He is recognized as one of the top physicists in the world and played a major role in building a strong quantum optics program at OSU. "His work has been recognized at the highest level, as witnessed by his election as a fellow of the Royal Society, where he joins the ranks of Sir Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin, among other luminaries," said OSU Provost Robert Sternberg during his introduction of Agarwal. In comments following the presentation of the award, Agarwal announced he was donating the Eminent Faculty Award’s $10,000 stipend to OSU.





Research Week 2013 - Keynote Speaker

November 15th, 2012


Research Week 2013 will be held the week of February 18-22. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Robert Ballard one of the most accomplished and well known of the world's deep-sea explorers. Dr. Ballard is best known for his historic discovery of the RMS Titanic lost in its watery grave more than 12,000 feet beneath the cold water of the North Atlantic. He has conducted more than 100 deep-sea expeditions using the latest in exploration technology. Mark your calendars for Dr. Ballard's presentation on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00 pm (location to be determined).





Science Café OSU

October 4th, 2012


Science Café OSU presents The Search for Higgs Boson God Particle with OSU Scientists: Flera Rizatdinova, Satya Nandi, Kaladi Babu, and Alexander Khanov. Moderator: Jeanmarie Verchot Lubicz.

OSU Science Café is a monthly event that highlights interesting, relevant, and current science research. The events are an opportunity to participate in lively and engaging conversations about science. The October Science Café will feature a brief presentation by OSU physicists involved in collaborative research for the elusive subatomic particle, followed by discussion and questions. Refreshments provided. This event is free and open to the public. No science background is assumed or required.

Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m. OSU Library Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, 2nd floor.





Higgs Boson Discovered at CERN

July 1st, 2012


On July 4, 2012, at 2 am CDT, two experiments at Large Hadron Collider located at CERN have announced the discovery of the most elusive particle, Higgs boson. The Higgs boson is a particle that gives mass to all matter that is around us and thus contributes to our existence. Its existence has been predicted by Prof. Peter Higgs of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1964, and forms the final remaining ingredient of the so called "The Standard Model" which is the fundamental theory for understanding the basic building blocks and forces of Nature. The ATLAS and CMS Collaborations found that the mass of a new particle is around 126 Giga electron-Volts, which is 126 times heavier than the hydrogen atom. More details are available at the CERN press release.

Rolf Heuer, the CERN Director General, said that this "is a historic milestone, but it is only the beginning" of the detailed study of Higgs boson. Peter Higgs and other theorists presented at the CERN seminar, who predicted this particle, named the discovery a "tremendous success" of experiments. They expressed their deep satisfaction that the theory suggested by them to explain the origin of particle mass is finally confirmed.

The Experimental High Energy Group at Oklahoma State University has been an active member of the ATLAS collaboration since 2006. The two OSU faculty members, Alexander Khanov and Flera Rizatdinova, work with Jie Yu (postdoctoral fellow), Steven Welch (engineer), and four graduate students. The OSU group members have made substantial contributions to the success of the ATLAS experiment and towards the Higgs boson discovery. They have worked on data acquisition, calibration of data, development of the algorithms aimed at the identification of b-quarks, and on the calibration of the ATLAS detector with top quarks. It was important to ensure a full understanding of the detector performance before the Collaboration can claim the discovery of a new particle, Higgs boson. Such a discovery would not be possible without hard work of all 3500 members of the ATLAS Collaboration, and we are proud that our group has contributed to the success of the experiment.

Two other faculty members, S. Nandi and K. Babu, are internationally recognized theorists and have worked on building models involving Higgs bosons for many years. Nandi and Babu played a key role in the launching of the experimental High Energy Group at OSU, securing the funds from the DOE EPSCOR program and the State of Oklahoma. This enabled the formation of "Oklahoma Center for High Energy Physics", a consortium of OSU, OU and LU making possible to make a bigger impact on High Energy Physics Research by the Oklahoma Scientists. Both experimental and theoretical groups work closely together on many problems, enriching each other with better understanding of different aspects of their research.

The combined experimental and theoretical High Energy Group at OSU is very excited about this crucial discovery – discovery of this Century - and looking forward to work together on questions which still have to be answered with the help of ATLAS detector at Large Hadron Collider.





2012 Physics Awards Banquet

April 1st, 2012


Congratulations to this years awards recipients and graduates:

Josiah Couch, Outstanding Senior;
Micah Webb, Outstanding Junior;
Phong Pham, Outstanding Graduate T.A.;
Ryan Clark, Outstanding Graduate T.A.;
Julio, Outstanding Theoretical R.A.
;and Sandip Kaledonkar, Outstanding Experimental R.A..





Professor Aihua Xie elected to Vice Chair of IUPAP Commission on Biological Physics

November 30th, 2011


Physics Professor Aihua Xie from Oklahoma State University has been elected to Vice Chair of IUPAP Commission on Biological Physics (C6) at the 27th General Assembly of International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) in London, November 2011. IUPAP, established in 1922, is the highest international organization in physics. Its main mission is to stimulate and facilitate international cooperation in physics and the worldwide development of science ( Most of IUPAP activities are organized through its 18 commissions on specialized fields of physics and 6 working groups. Professor Xie will work with the Commission on Biological Physics to organize the 8th IUPAP International Conference in Biological Physics that will be held in China. Professor Xie is a fellow of American Physical Society (APS) and the Chair of APS Division of Biological Physics. Her main expertise in research include protein structural dynamics, photoactive yellow protein, and infrared structural biology.





Medical Physics Website

September 1st, 2011


A new website for the Medical Physics program is now on-line. Visit the site for more information.





2011 Physics Awards Banquet

April 1st, 2011


Congratulations to all of our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students:

Parameshwar Pasnoori, Outstanding Sophomore;
Josiah Couch, Outstanding Junior;
Joseph Adams, Outstanding Senior;
Razvan Stoian, Outstanding Recitation T.A.;
Jonathan Monson, Outstanding Lab T.A.;
Adam Ezekiel Murdock, Outstanding Theoretical R.A.;
Jie Jiang, Outstanding Experimental R.A.;
and Daniel Stevens Scholarship Recipients Nicholas Ferrari and Jonathan Harrison.





Research Week Speaker: Dr. Steven Squyres

January 31st, 2011


Dr. Squyres will present "The Mars Project: How Design and Innovation Got Us There" on February 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm in the OSU Wes Watkins Center. Dr. Squyres was the principal scientist behind NASA's Mars Exploration Project, leading a team of over 3,000 people to overcome a myriad of challenges before successfully landing two robotic explorers on Mars. Dr. Squyres will discuss risks taken, mistakes made and how success was ultimately achieved. He'll touch on approaches for managing large teams, working together under pressure and operating effectively in unpredictable environments.





Optically Stimulated Luminescence: Fundamentals and Applications

January 13th, 2011


This new book, authored by Dr. Stephen McKeever and Dr. Eduardo Yukihara, discusses advanced modern applications of optically stimulated luminescence including the appropriate fundamentals of the process. It features major chapters on the use of OSL in space radiation dosimetry, medical physics, personnel dosimetry, security, solid-state physics and other related applications. The book is available now.





Professor McKeever Named Secretary Of Science, Technology

January 6th, 2011


Gov.-elect Mary Fallin has selected an Oklahoma State University research director as her secretary of science and technology. Fallin on Thursday announced that Stephen McKeever would serve in the post. McKeever is vice president for research and technology transfer at OSU and the executive director of OSU's Multispectral Lab in Ponca City. McKeever first joined the physics faculty at OSU in 1983 and later headed the department from 1995 to 1999. He replaces another OSU official, Joe Alexander, who served in the position under Gov. Brad Henry. Fallin says she wants to emphasize the transfer of research and technology from universities "into real-world business opportunities that will help create more jobs for our state."





A Student of Nature's Forces

December 10th, 2010


OSU professor of physics inspires his students to think outside the box. Dr. John Mintmire is one of three faculty members in Arts & Sciences to be named Regents Professor in 2009.





Inside OSU Visits The Mendenhall Observatory

November 12th, 2010


Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis learns more about the largest telescope in Oklahoma, which is housed at the OSU observatory.





Professor Xincheng Xie Appointed Solid State Communications Editor

September 20th, 2010


Dr. Xincheng Xie has been appointed a member of the Board of Editors for Solid State Communications.





New M.S. Degree Option in Medical Physics

October 13th, 2010


The Oklahoma State University Department of Physics now offers a Masters in Physics, Option in Medical Physics Degree Program designed to prepare graduate students for clinical and research careers in medical physics and especially in the areas of proton, x-ray, and electron cancer therapy.





Mendenhall Observatory Featured on Discovery Science

August 2nd, 2010


"Order Out of Chaos", the second episode of the Discovery Science Channel series "Wonders of the Solar System", featuring scenes filmed at the Mendenhall Observatory, will air on August 11th at 8pm CST. The first episode of the series will air on August 4th at 8pm CST.





Physics Majors Receive Niblack Scholarships

July 23rd, 2010


Two Physics majors, Mr. Josiah Couch and Mr. Thomas Wright, will both receive 2010-11 Niblack Research Scholarships. Mr. Couch will be conducting his research project under Dr. Flera Rizatdinova and Mr. Thomas will be conducting his under Dr. Aihua Xie.





Professor Zhou Awarded OCAST Funding

July 9th, 2010


Dr. Donghua H. Zhou has been awarded OCAST funding to study the "Structure of lipid storage protein by solid-state NMR". The study should provide clues for how to influence the balance between fat storage and burning, and to eventually help discover new therapeutic strategies to prevent or treat obesity and related issues.





Professor Aihua Xie Awarded OCAST Funding

July 9th, 2010


Dr. Aihua Xie has been awarded OCAST funding for the project "VSM Library for Infrared structural biology". A promising new approach to drugs that bind to catalytic sites is to develop drugs aimed at allosteric inhibition. The goal of the research is to develop a powerful and innovative technique, time-resolved infrared structural biology, to improve our ability in elucidating the catalytic mechanism of enzymes.





Professor Liu Awarded 2010 Powe Junior Faculty Enhance Award

May 13th, 2010


Dr. Yingmei Liu has been awarded the 2010-2011 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhance Award by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).





Professor Babu Honored As 2009 APS Fellow

November 24th, 2009


Dr. Kaladi Babu, has recently been honored as a 2009 Fellow of the American Physical Society. Dr. Babu is cited "For original contributions to neutrino physics, supersymmetric model building, and grand unification".





Astrophysicist Dr. Neil Tyson Visits OSU

November 11th, 2009


Dr. Neil Tyson, world famous astrophysicist, discusses the impact of science, his inspirations and much more with KOSU General Manager Kelly Burley. Dr. Tyson was part of the Friends of the OSU Library speaker series.





Outstanding achievements recognized at 2009 Awards Convocation

November 6th, 2009


Dr. John Mintmire's appointment to Regents Professor was recognized at the 2009 Awards Convocation. Read more...





2009 Staff Awards and Recognition

November 4th, 2009


Congratulations to Physics department staff members Melissa Edwards and Randy Henigman for completing five years of service with OSU.





Outstanding Arts and Sciences Faculty, Staff at OSU Recognized

October 29th, 2009


Mike Lucas, who oversees the physics and chemistry instrument shop, was recognized at the Fall 2009 College of Arts and Sciences Convocation. Read more...





Researchers Receive NSF Grant, Will Travel To Antarctica

July 28th, 2009


Dr. Alex Simms, assistant professor in the Boone Pickens School of Geology, and Dr. Regina DeWitt, assistant research professor in the physics department, have received a $199,978 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue a research project on sea level changes in Antarctica. Next spring, Simms and two graduate students will travel to the continent to collect samples of beach deposits. [More...]





Professor Aihua Xie Elected Division Vice-Chair of APS

July 9th, 2009


Dr. Aihua Xie has recently been elected as Vice Chair of the Division of Biological Physics of American Physical Society. In the next two years, she will lead the APS division of Biological Physics as Chair-elect in 2010 and Chair in 2011. Read more...





Faculty Promotions

June 22nd, 2009


Dr. John Mintmire has been appointed Regents Professor and Dr. Eduardo Yukihara has been promoted to Associate Professor.





Dr. DeWitt Receives NASA Grant

June 16th, 2009


Dr. Regina DeWitt, an assistant research professor in the department of physics, has received a $496,000 grant from NASA. The two-year award funds further development of a miniature optical dating instrument (ODIN), which can be used for dating the surface of Mars.





Professor Yukihara Receives OCAST Funding

May 14th, 2009


Dr. Eduardo Yukihara has been awarded funding from OCAST for his research on Novel Nanophosphors for Dose Mapping in Radiotherapy. "This proposal improves treatment of human disease by addressing a technological gap in obtaining high-precision measurements of dose distributions in radiotherapy, with significant impact on quality control and dose verification in radiotherapy modalities such as Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), stereotatic radiosurgery and proton therapy. The project goal is to develop novel nanophosphors with a unique combination of luminescence and dosimetric properties currently unavailable in any single phosphor."





Professor McKeever Discusses Dosimetry Research

May 6th, 2009


Dr. Stephen McKeever, VP of Research and Professor of Physics, discusses his Radiation Dosimetry research in a video clip posted to YouTube.





BBC Film Crew Visits the OSU Observatory

April 28th, 2009


A British Broadcasting Corporation crew visited OSU's Mendenhall Observatory on April 20 and 21, 2009, to shoot segments for a five-part BBC series on the Solar System. The series, hosted by Professor Brian Cox of the University of Manchester, will appear internationally in 2010. Dr. Cox serves as BBC's "Carl Sagan". For one program segment, Dr. Cox described Saturn's rings and moons as their images were projected onto the dome. During their stay, the crew videotaped all aspects of the observatory in action, including observations of Saturn.





2009 Physics Awards Banquet

April 27th, 2009


Congratulations to all of our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students:

Markus Vasquez - Outstanding Junior
James Hazelton - Outstanding Senior
Tyler Collums - Outstanding Recitation T.A.
Ayon Patra - Outstanding Lab T.A.
Feng Gao - Outstanding Experimental R.A.
Sumanta Das - Outstanding Theoretical R.A.
Yanzhi Meng - Outstanding Theoretical R.A.





Professor Xincheng Xie Honored As New APS Fellow

December 1st, 2008


Dr. Xincheng Xie has been honored as a 2008 Fellow of the American Physical Society. Dr. Xie is cited "for important contributions to the theoretical understanding of two-dimensional electron systems, tirelessly working for the advancement of physics in China, fostering collaborations between young physicists in China and the United States, and co-organizing a number of important international workshops and conferences".





Professor Emslie Appointed Regents Professors

November 21st, 2008


Dr. A. Gordon Emslie, Professor of Physics and Dean of the Graduate College was appointed Regents Professor during the annual Fall Convocation.





OSU Students Build And Launch A Sensor Into Space

August 12th, 2008


Students from OSU’s Radiation Physics Laboratory built and successfully launched a cosmic radiation detector this summer that reached the edge of outer space. Carried by a helium-filled balloon 12 feet in diameter, the detector flew for more than two hours and reached 104,000 feet in altitude. The device recorded radiation levels at the varying altitudes -- information that will be used by NASA to develop instrumentation for space flight. Read more ...





Professor Girish Agarwal Elected Fellow of The Royal Society

May 20th, 2008


OSU Physics faculty member Dr. Girish Agarwal, a leader in quantum optics, recently was recognized for exceptional contributions to society with his election to the Fellowship of The Royal Society. Dr. Agarwal joins the likes of great scientists that include Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking and Sir David Attenborough.

Dr. Agarwal has been a world leader in the field of quantum optics for more than 25 years. His monograph "quantum optics," which introduces new theoretical techniques, has been cited more than 600 times. "My work is of a fundamental nature but is applicable to high resolution optical imaging where breakthroughs in optical sciences can be applied to everything from contact lenses to cameras," he said.

Read the complete Press Release, a Follow-up Story, and  see photos from the Physics Department Dinner Honoring Dr. Agarwal.





2008 Physics Awards Banquet

April 18th, 2008


Congratulations to all of our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students:

James Hazelton - Outstanding Junior
Noriyuki Masada - Outstanding Senior
Adam Ezekiel Murdock - Outstanding Recitation T.A.
Ranjan Singh - Outstanding Lab T.A.
Garret Jeffrey Sykora - Outstanding Experimental R.A.
Aziz Kolkiran - Outstanding Theoretical R.A.
James Kelly - Special Award





Two Physics Faculty Named APS Fellows

March 27th, 2008


OSU Physics Department faculty members Dr. Bruce Ackerson and Dr. Steve McKeever were honored as Fellows of the American Physical Society at its March meeting in New Orleans. Ackerson was cited for "theoretical and experimental advances in the physics of colloidal liquids and crystals," while McKeever, who also serves as vice president of research at OSU, was cited "for major contributions to solid-state radiation dosimetry using thermally and optically stimulated luminescence from wide band-gap insulators, including the development of novel luminescence techniques for radiation measurement." A total of four physics faculty members from OSU have received this honor in the past four years.





OSU Research Video Clips on YouTube

November 13th, 2007


Research projects videotaped by Cindy Schaefer, University Research Services, have been posted to YouTube. The video clips, including one featuring Dr. Gil Summy and the Bose-Einstein Condensation Lab, are now online.





OSU Honors Special Achievement At Fall Convocation

October 10th, 2007


Dr. Kaladi Babu received the Regents Distinguished Research Award and Dr. Peter Sherwood was appointed Regents Professor.





Workshop on Radiation Monitoring for the International Space Station

September 3rd, 2007


The 12th Annual WRMISS will be held on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA on Sept. 10-12, 2007.





OSU Breaks Ground On Interdisciplinary Science Research Building

July 26th, 2007


The official ground breaking for the new Interdisciplinary Science Research Building was held on July 26th. The high-tech, 124,000-square foot OSU Interdisciplinary Science and Research Building will provide laboratory spaces for a range of disciplines and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2010. The building, which will be three floors plus a basement, will contain custom-designed facilities for research in biodiversity, biophysics, photonics, synthetic chemistry and advanced materials. Read more ...





New Regents Professors Appointed

June 21st, 2007


Dr. Peter M. Sherwood, Professor of Physics and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences was appointed Regents Professor effective July 1.





2007 Physics Awards Banquet

April 20th, 2007


Our annual awards banquet was held on April 19th. Congratulations to all of our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students:

Cory Slavonic - Outstanding Senior
Cooper Bell - Outstanding Junior
Edward Manda - Outstanding Sophomore
Pavan Pillalamarri - Outstanding Recitation T.A.
Ishan Talukdar - Outstanding Lab T.A.
Carl Johnson - Outstanding Experimental R.A.
Steven Gabriel - Outstanding Theoretical R.A.
Junwen Li - Outstanding Computational R.A.
Abdel Bachri - Outstanding Service
Benjamin Grossmann - Outstanding Service
Clark Mitten - Daniel S. Stevens Scholarship
Trevor Word - Daniel S. Stevens Scholarship
Timothy Perk - Earl A. Lafon Scholarship





State's Most Advanced Telescope Added To OSU Observatory

March 11th, 2007


Oklahoma's largest, most technologically advanced telescope was installed at OSU's H.S. Mendenhall Observatory the week of February 9-15. The telescope will be used to discover planets orbiting other stars, track asteroids which threaten to collide with Earth, and measure the changing brightness of objects whose light output varies with time. Read more...





Celebrating Books by OSU Authors 2007

January 30th, 2007


On February 1, the OSU Library will host "Celebrating Books by OSU Authors". The event will honor OSU employees who have authored, co-authored or edited a book in 2005 or 2006. Included in this group is Dr. Peter Shull, co-author of "Exploring the Universe with Voyager III". The reception is 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room.





Physics Professor Receives International Accolades

January 30th, 2007


"Girish S. Agarwal, Noble Foundation Chair and Regents Professor of physics at OSU, was honored at the International Symposium on Quantum Optics (last) summer for his career contributions to the field of physics involving light and its interaction with matter."





Research Week 2007

October 26th, 2006


Dr. Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate in Physics in 2004, will be visiting OSU during Research Week 2007. He will be in Stillwater from February 20-21 and will be giving a Public Lecture the evening of Tuesday, Feb 20th followed by a Keynote address at the Research Symposium on the morning of Wednesday, Feb 21st. He will also be meeting with physics faculty and students on Tuesday afternoon. More details concerning his visit will be available soon.





2006 SPS Fall Picnic

October 19th, 2006


The Society of Physics Students hosted their annual Fall Picnic at Couch Park.





2006 Physics Awards Banquet

April 20th, 2006


Congratulations to all of the outstanding graduate students honored at this years awards banquet.





Research Week 2006

February 27th, 2006


The Hands-on Demonstration of Interesting Physical Phenomena presentation was a great success. Research Week 2006 Photo Gallery





Professor Nandi Elected Fellow of The American Physical Society

February 27th, 2006


Election to Fellowship in the APS is limited to no more than one half of one percent of membership and is peer recognition of outstanding contributions to physics. The citation, which will appear on the Fellowship Certificate, reads as follows: "For contributions to the theories of grand unification, supersymmetry, neutrino properties, and collider physics." Prof. Nandi's name and Fellowship citation will appear in the March 2006 issue of APS News.





Nobel Laureate Dr. William D. Phillips To Present Public Lecture

February 27th, 2006


Dr. William D. Phillips, Group Leader of the Laser Cooling and Trapping Group Atomic Physics Division at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), and recipient of the Physics Nobel Prize in 1997, will present a public lecture titled "Time, Einstein, and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe" on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 7:00 PM in NRC 106. Listen to the KOSU interview with Dr. Phillips (WMA, 2.43MB)





OSU Radiation Dosimetry Badges In The News

August 18th, 2005


Dr. Stephen McKeever, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer, and a team of researchers in physics were featured in both the Oklahoman and Tulsa World this week in stories about OSU-developed radiation measuring devices that were worn by astronauts during the recent Discovery Space Shuttle mission. The sensor absorbs radiation into a special sapphire and stores it until it can be measured by being exposed to light. It is being tested to see how much radiation astronauts are receiving during space trips. McKeever's team included Ramona Gaza, who graduated from OSU in December with a doctorate in physics and now works at NASA, and Dr. Eduardo Yukihara, a member of the Physics Department faculty.





Public Lecture by Dr. Clifford M. Will

February 14th, 2005


Dr. Clifford M. Will, Professor of Physics at Washington University, St. Louis will present a public lecture titled "Was Einstein Right?" on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 7:30 PM in NRC 106.