Nuclear Group Students Participate in Recent Experiment

Gabe Balk and TJ Mann joined an international collaboration to study r-process nuclei (141, 143, and 145Cs) at Argonne National Laboratories with the CARIBU system. The Nuclear Group contributed two key pieces to the experiment: the tape target drive and control system and the barrel-shaped beta detector which has fibers to direct detector light out […]

Another Student Publication

Alex’s paper is the 5th peer-reviewed publication with a physics major as the lead author. Influence of columnar defects on magnetic relaxation of microwave nonlinearity in superconducting YBCO resonator devices, Physica C: Superconductivity and its Applications 583, 1353849 (2021).  DOI:

Astrophysics, Summer 2021

The astrophysics research group is hard at work developing compact analytics that describe Compton scattering in strong magnetic fields in the magnetospheres of a group of highly magnetized neutron stars known as magnetars.  Such strong magnetic fields are not accessible in terrestrial laboratory experiments and therefore provide unique environments for testing the physics of quantum […]

Class of 2020 Physics Majors Have a Reunion

With the global COVID-29 pandemic having denied the Class of 2020 its Commencement and other year-end milestones, Hope blended elements of the ceremony and a reunion in an on-campus celebration for members of the class on Saturday, May 22. Physics Alumni attending the celebration included Alex Medema – 2nd from the left – who is […]