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Donghun Lee's and Jay Gupta's paper accepted for publication in Science

Here's the link to the story that Pam Gorder here at OSU put together on their recent Science paper:

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DiMauro/Agostini group published in Nature Physics

Frequency up-conversion and the ability to manipulate light from the interaction of intense laser pulses with matter was first demonstrated in the early 1960's and has remained one of the most vigorously pursued sub-fields of modern optics with applications spanning basic research and technology. Dr. Anthony DiChiara and physics graduate...[More]


Song Receives APS Award

The American Physical Society announced at the 2010 Fall Meeting of its Division of Nuclear Physics in Santa Fe that it awarded the 2011 Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics jointly to Drs. Huichao Song and Matthew Luzum. Dr. Song, a Ph.D. advisee of Professor Ulrich Heinz and winner of the...[More]


Fall 2010 meeting of the String Vacuum Project

The Fall 2010 meeting of the String Vacuum Project (SVP) will be held at The Ohio State University in Columbus from Nov. 5 - 8. The venue for all the talks will be the Physics Research Building located at 191 W. Woodruff Ave, Columbus, OH 43210.

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Anthony J. Leggett to Present Colloquium and ENCOMM Lecture

The Department of Physics & ENCOMM are hosting the 2003 Physics Nobel Prize Winner Professor Anthony J. Leggett. Professor Leggett has shaped the theoretical understanding of normal and superfluid helium liquids and other strongly coupled superfluids. He set directions for research in the quantum physics of macroscopic dissipative systems...[More]


Ho-hum to High Performance: Researchers 'Stretch' a Lackluster Material Into a Possible Electronics Revolution

Researchers at Cornell University, The Ohio State University, and Penn State University recently collaborated to transform an exotic material that normally has no electric or magnetic properties into one that has both at the same time. By doing so, they may have found a basis to form low-power, highly...[More]


Scientists achieve highest-resolution MRI of a magnet

In a development that holds potential for both data storage and biomedical imaging, Ohio State researchers have used a new technique to obtain the highest-ever resolution MRI scan of the inside of a magnet. Chris Hammel, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Experimental Physics, and his colleagues took a tiny magnetic disk...[More]


Researchers successfully test new alternative to traditional semiconductors

Researchers at Ohio State have demonstrated the first plastic computer memory device that utilizes the spin of electrons to read and write data. An alternative to traditional microelectronics, so-called "spintronics" could store more data in less space, process data faster, and consume less power. In the August 2010 issue of...[More]


Van Woerkom named new Honors & Scholars director

Linn D. Van Woerkom, a faculty member in the Department of Physics since 1992, has been named associate provost and director of the University Honors & Scholars Center, Provost Joseph A. Alutto has announced. Van Woerkom replaces Linda Harlow, who retired as director last week. In this new role, he...[More]


Researchers discover how key enzyme repairs sun-damaged DNA

Researchers have long known that humans lack a key enzyme -- one possessed by most of the animal kingdom and even plants -- that reverses severe sun damage. For the first time, researchers have witnessed how this enzyme works at the atomic level to repair sun-damaged DNA. The discovery holds...[More]


Henighan awarded Fulbright to University of Delft and then to join graduate school at Stanford

Congratulations to Thomas Henighan, who graduated with distinction earning a B.S degree as an Engineering Physics major this spring. Tom had a distinguished undergraduate career at Ohio State and was recognized by the department as the top Physics major in his graduating class. As a Fulbright scholar, Tom will join...[More]


Mooney Receives Fellowship

Congratulations to Alex Mooney, a graduate student who recently received an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship. This two-year fellowship provides a stipend and fee waiver to support research. Mr. Mooney will work on a project entitled, "A study of the influence of histone core post translational modifications on...[More]


Kyle Wendt receives DOE Fellowship

Congratulations to Kyle Wendt, a graduate student working with Prof. Richard Furnstahl, who recently received a Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Fellowship. The DOE established this fellowship program to support outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics,...[More]


2010 Heer and DeMartini Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Adam Hauser and Inhee Lee, who received the Clifford Heer Scholarship, and Robert Forties, who received the David DeMartini Scholarship. These awards were announced at the spring picnic and are given in recognition of outstanding graduate student research and to support future professional development. Each student...[More]


2010 Clark Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Emily Sistrunk, who received the Bunny and Thomas Clark Scholarship for Graduate Students. The award was announced at the annual physics spring picnic and recognizes outstanding research. Emily received an award certificate and a financial gift of $2000 to support travel and other research expenses. ...[More]


Caren Undergraduate Research Scholarship Awarded

Drs. Chris (BS '53, MS '54, PhD '61) and Linda Caren were honored at the physics picnic by Chair Jim Beatty to celebrate their generous gift establishing a summer undergraduate research scholarship. Jake Connors and Tom Byvank were selected by the Undergraduate Studies Committee as the first Caren Research Scholars. ...[More]


Denman 2010 Winners

Congratulations to the Physics winners in the Richard J. and Martha D. Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in the division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences!

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2010 Alpheus Smith Lecture

The 2010 Alpheus Smith Lecture will be presented by Prof. Daniel Kleppner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on Wednesday, May 19 at 8:00 PM in room 131 Hitchcock Hall. Professor Kleppner was awarded the 2005 Wolf Prize and 2006 National Medal of Science.

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Quantum mechanics reveals new details of deep Earth

Scientists have used quantum mechanics to reveal that the most common mineral on Earth is relatively uncommon deep within the planet. Using several of the largest supercomputers in the nation, a team of physicists led by Ohio State has been able to simulate the behavior of silica in a high-temperature,...[More]


Swanson awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Mason Swanson, a first year graduate student working with Prof. Nandini Trivedi, who recently received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in the 2010 competition.

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BMPS Undergraduate Research Forum 2010 Best Poster awards

Congratulations to Physics major Michael Page for his poster: "Magnetic Force Microscopy of Magnetic Nanoparticles";

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John Wilkins elected 2010 Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

John W. Wilkins, Ohio Eminent Scholar and Professor of Physics is one of five Ohio State faculty among the 229 leaders in the sciences, the humanities and the arts, business, public affairs, and the nonprofit sector who have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The...[More]


Two Physics Majors Win Goldwater Scholarships

Congratulations to Jake Connors (left) and Tyler Merz (right) for winning 2010 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. Three Ohio State students were named winners on March 31, and two of them are Physics students.

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Rhodes back home

See an OSU News video clip of Physics alumna Jessica Hanzlik reporting from Oxford, England on the Rhodes Scholarship.

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Lin Ding Named to APS Outstanding Referee Program

Dr. Lin Ding, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Physics Education Research Group, is among the 157 Outstanding Referees of the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters journals, as chosen by the journal editors for 2010.

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2010 Physics Winter Party

The 2010 Physics Winter Party, " Winter Wonderland," will be held on Saturday, January 30 from 7 PM to 11 PM in the PRB Atrium. It is a family event featuring a 16 piece orchestra and movies in the SSR for the kids. Tickets are free and available until...[More]


3rd Annual Midwest Women in Physics Conference Hosted by The Ohio State University

The 3rd Annual Midwest Women in Physics Conference will be hosted by The Ohio State University Department of Physics January 15-17, 2010. The conference will bring together several successful female physicists and over 70 undergraduate women in physics to focus on the presence and scientific contributions of women in physics,...[More]





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