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Physics explains the natural world in the most universal manner possible. Physicists look for the hidden symmetries that underlie and govern the multitude of phenomena in the world around us. Our department has active research programs in areas ranging from theoretical astrophysics and observational astronomy to complex systems, condensed matter physics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, and high-energy physics.

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Nathaniel Stern wins 2014 Early Career Investigator Award for Energy Research

October 14, 2014 - Nathaniel Stern, assistant professor of physics and astronomy in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, received the 2014 Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award for Energy Research for his proposal to investigate the use of monolayer semiconductor quantum dots to improve solar efficiency.

Read the full article from the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern.

Panagiotis Spentzouris Named Head of Scientific Computing at Fermilab

September 19, 2014 - NU PhD. Panagiotis Spentzouris has been named head of the  Scientific Computing Division at Fermilab. Panagiotis got his doctorate working with Heidi Schellman in 1994 and, after a postdoc at Columbia University, became a Research Associate at Fermilab.  At Fermilab he has led a group of scientists and programers who  have developed  computer modeling tools that  enable large-scale virtual prototyping of particle accelerators for physics and many other applications.

Read more here.


Dave Meyer Delivers New Video Course on Space Astronomy

October 27, 2014 - The Teaching Company has just released an 18-lecture video course by Physics and Astronomy Prof. Dave Meyer entitled "A Visual Guide to the Universe".  In this course, produced in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, Meyer discusses the scientific stories behind some of the most spectacular cosmic images obtained by NASA space probes and observatories over the past 20 years.  The lecture topics range from Cassini's close-up view of Saturn's rings to Spitzer's infrared panorama of star formation in the Swan Nebula to Hubble's detailed view of the most peculiar galaxies.  

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Profs. Rivers and Meyer make ASG Honor Roll

September 30, 2014 - Physics and Astronomy Professors Andy Rivers and Dave Meyer have been named to the Associated Student Government's 2013-2014 Faculty Honor Roll.

See the full honor roll here.




October 27, 2014