Department of Physics
To unlock thesecrets of the universe and know how the physical world actually works is of the utmost importance at the Saint Louis University Department of Physics. The bachelor of science degree in physics stresses the fundamentals of physics and how the universe is shaped by those principles. From cosmology to nanotechnology, there is a wide range of research topics for undergraduates to choose from. Undergraduate students participate in experimental and theoretical research with physics faculty which has resulted in several journal articles published in peer reviewed scientific journals.
SLU PHYSICS HEADLINE NEWS (December 10th, 2013)
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Department of Physics to Hire Computational Physicist
The Saint Louis University Department of Physics will hire a computational physicist to start in the spring of 2014. Follow the link to learn more.
Students Assemble Dr. Wisbey's Turbo Pump Station and Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerator
Dr. Wisbey and students are assembling the components of Dr. Wisbey's lab. When completed, he will be able to cool circuits close to 50 mK in order to test materials for quantum computing. Undergraduate students work closely with Dr. Wisbey helping him assemble his lab equipment, design microwave resonant circuits, and help order lab equipment. Students also travel to the Nano Research Facility at Washington University to fabricate superconducting microwave circuits.
Congratulations Dr. Kuljanishvili and Dr. Wisbey!
September 2013, Dr. Kuljanishvili and Dr. Wisbey were awarded funding from the National Science Foundation for Major Research Instrumentation in a multidisciplinary effort with investigators from Chemistry and Engineering (Dr. Pinkhassik, Dr. Buckner, Dr. Kiss, Jelliss, G. Yablonsky). Acquisition of the new Raman Spectroscopy System will enable strong research programs in nanoscale materials, nanotechnology and condensed matter. The new instrument will also support innovative interdisciplinary education in advanced Physics, Chemistry, Materials, and Engineering courses.
Far-Off Planets Like the Earth Dot the Galaxy the new york times
Astronomers reported that there could be as many as 40 billion habitable Earth-size planets in the galaxy, based on a new analysis of data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
One out of every five sunlike stars in the galaxy has a planet the size of Earth circling it in the Goldilocks zone - not too hot, not too cold - where surface temperatures should be compatible with liquid water, according to a herculean three-year calculation based on data from the Kepler spacecraft by Erik Petigura, a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley.
Read more at the New York Times.
Physics degrees retain value in weak economy! An interesting newsflash from the American Physical society. Click here for details.
Interested in physics but thinking about a medical career? The Department is now offering a Pre-Med Option a part of its B.S. and B.A. Degrees in Physics. Recent statistics have shown that physics majors tend to do very well in the MCATS. Click here to find out more about this new option!