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Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has a rich and long history dating back to the latter part of the 19th century. Our faculty and students are exploring nature at all length scales, from the subatomic (quarks and gluons) to the macroscopic (black holes and dark energy), and everything in between (atomic and biological systems).

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Prof. Rafael Lang awarded APS Division of Particles and Fields Mentorship Award 2021

The Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society (APS) has established an award to honor exceptional mentoring, broadly defined, to be bestowed annually. APS Division of Particles and Fields Mentorship Award 2021 has been awarded to Rafael Lang, Purdue University, for his outstanding commitment to mentoring the next generation of scientists, particularly through the development of an exemplary undergraduate research program that has opened the door to dark matter research to hundreds of students; for his mentorship of postdocs and graduate students; and for his far reaching and impactful public engagement activities.

Alumna Laura Biedermann is awarded Spark Award

Alumna Laura Biedermann, Ph.D., has received an award for her efforts in mentoring and promoting women's issues in science and engineering. She is a staff scientist at Sandia National Labs and is actively involved with numerous research projects in physics and materials science. She is a former PhD student of Professor Reifenberger. Congratulations Dr. Biedermann!

Purdue University Distinguished Research Award Lecture Series

Please join us for the Herbert Newby McCoy Distinguished Lecture, livestreamed here on Friday, Nov. 19 at 9:00 a.m. (ET). Congratulations to the 2021 awardee, Yong Chen, the Karl Lark-Horovitz Professor of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering, and the director of Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute. Chen is being recognized for his significant research achievements and innovations in the synthesis and studies of various novel quantum materials and matters.

Arden L. Bement Jr. Award awarded to Prof. Michael Manfra

The Arden L. Bement Jr. Award was established in 2015 by Distinguished Professor Emeritus Arden Bement and his wife, Mrs. Louise Bement, to annually recognize a Purdue faculty member for recent outstanding accomplishments in pure and applied sciences and engineering. The award this year was given to Prof. Michael Manfra.

The Hunt for non-Abelian quasiparticles can possibly lead to Fibonacci anyons allowing universal quantum computing

A recent publication in Nature Communications, titled “Transport in helical Luttinger liquids in the fractional quantum Hall regime,” confirmed the idea that the boundary between polarized and unpolarized phases hosts counter-propagating modes with opposite spin-polarization. Two Physics and Astronomy professors, Dr. Yuli Lyanda-Geller, who led the theoretical research, and Dr. Leonid Rokhinson, who led the experimental research, plan to expand on this publication with subsequent work which could lead to advances in quantum computing.

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