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Homer L. Dodge
Department of Physics & Astronomy

Since 1909 the Department has had a tradition of educating scientists, engineers, and teachers who have distinguished themselves as leaders in industry and academia.

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Lunar Sooners Hosts Solar Eclipse Event

April 08, 2024

Lunar Sooners set up 4 telescopes with solar filters on April 8 2024 to observe the solar eclipse. They collaborated with OU Marketing to host a fantastic event, delivering about 3000 eclipse glasses. Adam Moss MC'ed the event, and we were happy to have President Harroz join and look through our telescopes. Many Lunar Sooners members made this event possible, especially Adam Moss, Heechan Yuk, Chanuntorn Pumpo, Gil Garcia, Stephanie Hall, Theeva Jayanthi, and others.

Joseph Tischler, Madalina Furis, and Mike Santos

Prestigious CQRT Grants

In other recent news, Professors Tischler, Santos, and Furis have secured large Federal grants to support new recent themes in the CQRT. Tischler and Santos from the Physics and Astronomy Department at OU in collaboration with Amethyst Research Incorporated (ARI) were granted a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for a total of $1,700,000.00. OU and ARI are working together to develop tunable epsilon-near-zero tunneling diodes in the infrared region to be used as detectors and light sources.

Bihui Zhu and other recipients

Zhu Named 2024 Young Investigator

December 22, 2023

Bihui Zhu, an assistant professor of atomic, molecular, and optical physics in the Center for Quantum Research and Technology, is one of 48 researchers named to the 2024 Young Investigator Program by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for her project titled “Harnessing quantum many-body phenomena with long-range interacting AMO platforms.”

Thirumalai Venkatesan

Dr. "Venky" Venkatesan elected as Foreign Fellow of INSA

September 12, 2023

Dr. Thirumalai “Venky” Venkatesan, the director of the Center for Quantum Research and Technology at the University of Oklahoma, was elected as Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy.

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Department Hosts APS Site Visit

March 08, 2023

On March 8th and 9th, the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics & Astronomy participated in an APS Improving the Climate for Women Site Visit. This program, run by the American Physical Society, sends 4-person groups of external visitors to physics departments around the country with the goal of improving the department climate for women and other marginalized groups.

A photo of Mukremin Kilic.

Kilic Selected by NASA to Join ULTRASAT Mission

July 19, 2023

Mukremin Kilic, Ph.D., an associate professor of astrophysics and cosmology in the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy, is one of 14 scientists selected by NASA to join the Ultraviolet Transient Astronomy Satellite Participating Scientists Program.

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