Helping us to better understand natural phenomena like smog and ozone depletion, Prof. Scott Schappe and his students are studying atomic collision physics. They are working with nitric oxide, looking at the electron-atom collisions that occur during nitric oxide excitation. Research like theirs could impact the way we understand and protect the atmosphere of our planet.
In physics, we embrace the physical dimensions in space and time, from the smallest subatomic particles to the universe, from the slow drift of continents to the speed of light, from absolute zero to stellar temperatures, from low-frequency radio waves to gamma rays. We believe responsible citizens strive to understand the fundamental concepts of physics in order to make wise decisions about science and society.
Physics faculty offers a wide range of courses and research opportunities for students interested in electrical or mechanical engineering, pre-med, and even for artists who want to make holograms.
June 5, 2012 was a special day for any Department of Physics: the Transit of Venus! This rare astronomical event takes place when Venus passes between the Sun and the Earth, something that won’t happen again until 2117. Students, faculty and their families looked at the silhouette of the planet through a telescope.
Physics students learn in our small lecture halls and laboratory classrooms, working closely with our professors.