(10/20/2016) Congratulations to Dr. Francois Lemery who has been named as the recipient of the 2015-2016 outstanding NIU doctoral dissertation award. This is the second year in a row the award was granted to a former PD student in the department of Physics. Dr. Lemery’s dissertation focuses on novel electron-beam acceleration and manipulation techniques using electromagnetic wakefield formed as short electron bunches are passed through dielectric capillary tubes. The techniques are their capability to shape the electron distributions probide impetus to enhance the performance of wakefield accelerator or develop compact x-ray radiation sources such as free-eletron lasers. Dr. Lemery is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Free-Electron laser a joint venture between University of Hamburg and German’s premier national laboratory DESY where he continues his work on novel-acceleration techniques and ultrafast laser science.
(8/16/2016) NIU Physics graduate student Matthew Krogstad won the prize for Outstanding Student Poster in the hard condensed matter section at the 2016 American Conference on Neutron Scattering, held from July 10-14 at Long Beach, CA. The poster, ‘Single Crystal Diffuse Scattering from Relaxor (1-x)PbMg(1/3)Nb(2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PMN-xPT),’ presents new work describing how diffuse x-ray and neutron scattering data reveal the nuances of local atomic displacements that occur in relaxor ferroelectric materials. The work was performed at Argonne National Laboratory and at national synchrotron and neutron facilities. Matt works under the supervision of NIU physicist Omar Chmaissem and Argonne scientists Drs. Daniel Phelan, Ray Osborn and Stephan Rosenkranz
(8/11/2016) Greg Alley interviewed by Chicago Tonight about "Enhanced" Perseid Meteor Shower this week.
(8/11/2016) NIU STEM Outreach - Stargazing at Bliss Creek Golf Course, August 11, 6:30 - 10:30 PM (1 Golfview Lane, Sugar Grove, IL 60554)
(4/26/2016) The Physics Department would like to announce the winners of this year's student awards. Javier Diaz and Alison Peisker shared the Outstanding Senior Award ($100). The Outstanding M.S. Student was awarded to Harsh Deshpande ($100). The Outstanding Ph.D. Student was awarded to Blake Burghgrave and Laxman Thoutam ($100) and the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant was awarded to Aaron Epps and Ryan Churchill-DeRose ($100). Awardees will be honored this Friday at the department senior symposium and awards ceremony.
(4/19/2016) Outstanding Graduate School Recognition Reception: Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Harsh Deshpande; Dissertation Completion Fellowship Award: Keith M. Taddei; Outstanding Dissertation Award: Stephen Cole.
(4/18/2016) NIU (Drs. Zutshi, Blazey, Chattopadhyay, Eads) recently joined the DUNE collaboration. This is the next-generation long baseline neutrino experiment, which will send a beam of neutrinos from Fermilab to a 40,000-ton liquid argon detector nearly a mile underground in South Dakota!
(4/1/2016) Both of our professors Swapan Chattopadhyay and Omar Chmaissem have recently named Presidential Research Professors. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 21, in the Altgeld Auditorium from 3 pm.
(3/31/2016) NIU Physics Graduate Alumnus Dr. Andy Morrison (now at Joliet Junior College) will be given a Distinguished Service Citation at the upcoming meeting of the Illinois State American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) meeting (4/22-23/2016, UIUC).
Dr. Clyde Kimball Scholarship: A scholarship in Dr. Kimball’s name has been established to be awarded to NIU physics students to assist in their academic endeavors. Simply indicate "Clyde Kimball Scholarship" in the “Other” designation when donating. (link below)
Dr. Mike Syphers will be joining us as a Research Professor at NIU physics department and the accelerator cluster of research excellence starting on September 16, 2015. This is a joint appointment with Fermilab. He is currently a full profesor of physics at Michigan State University. Dr. Syphers had been a long-time staff at Fermilab previously and had wanted to return to the NIU/Fermilab community for some time and this is an ideal opportunity for the cluster to have him on board. Dr. Syphers is the author of one textbook in particle accelerators, is an international expert large hadron particle colliders, had contributed originally to the Superconducting Supercollider (SSC) and now contributing to the Future Circular Collider (FCC) design at CERN, He is a member of the Board of the US Particle Accelerator School and we expect him to boost the NIU accelerator physics both in educational aspects as well as broadening the research to include colliders.
Update news story on NIU's STEM program including its origins in physics.
Graduate student Keith Taddei (Advisor Dr. Omar Chmaissem) won the Margaret Etter student lecturer award for the neutron scattering category at this year's ACA annual meeting in Philadelphia. The award was announced July 27th, 2015. Further details at NIU today.
Watch Dr. Jahred Adelman's interview on Fox 32 Chicago News Friday, July 3, 2015.
It is with great sadness that I must announce the news of Clyde Kimball’s death last Wednesday in Corvallis, Oregon. Clyde was a fixture of the physics department and every day he worked towards fulfilling an ambition vision of what the department could be. We will miss him greatly and it is up to us to now keep his vision alive. (Laurence B. Lurio): Information about Clyde: Click here
Professor and Students Design New Lab Experiment and Produce Instructional Video (Dr. Shin, Gregory Alley and Ryan Churchill-Derose). Their video is available on the Optics Lab website.
Research Compliance and Integrity will hold RCR Forum designed to support high quality research and promote graduate student professional development. Forum session will provide information for students about Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). April 8, 2015 La Tourette Hall 201 at noon - Research Misconduct, hosted by Shannon Wapole (ORCI): Panelist: Dr. Carol Thompson, Dean Brad Bond.
Congratulations to Daniel Stange and Nilanjana Kumar who are recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award on April 21, 2015 at the Altgeld Hall Auditorium.
Andrew Morrison (our own alumni) will be featured on STEM cafe on 2/24.
"The Physics of Nuclear Propulsion" - Feb. 25, 2015, La Tourette Hall Rm 227, 1:00-1:50 PM - A special lecture for Physics undergraduate majors. The guest lecturer, Lt. Haggerty, is a Nuclear propulsion officer in the Navy, who will share real world experiences and examples about nuclear power, reactor principles and submarine operations.
Michel van Veenedaal pens new book "Theory of Inelastic Scattering and Absorption of X-rays" (Cambridge University Press)
Renowned physicist Swapan Chattopadhyay, currently director of the Cockcroft Institute in England, has accepted a joint appointment to Northern Illinois University and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Professor Swapan Chattopadhyay will be joining Department of Physics as a faculty this fall 2014. Please join us in wishing him a warm welcome to the department.
NIU Physics researchers (G. Coutrakon, B. Erdelyi, and V. Zutshi) as members of The NIU proton Computed Tomography (pCT) project team, and the software team led by N. Karonis were issued an US patent (US patent No. 8,766,180) for their application entitled “High performance computing for three dimensional proton computed tomography (HPC-PHT) on July 1st, 2014.
Roland Winkler recognized as an "Outstanding Referees" out of 63,000 active referees of American Physical Society.
Physics majors and Research Rookies Mason Hayward and Joshua Stevens have been named Simmon Scholars. Simmon Scholars are selected based on their academic performance and commitment to the Research Rookies program, in addition to majoring in STEM and/or health fields.
The New Muon g-2 Experiment at Fermilab has received "Mission Need" approval from the Department of Energy. NIU faculty members Mary Anne Cummings, Michael Fortner, and David Hedin of Physics and Nick Pohlman of Mechanical Engineering are collaborators on this project, which should measure the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon to unprecedented accuracy, probing the Standard Model and possible new physics extensions.
The Higgs boson has been discovered! NIU physicists played important roles as part of the ATLAS detector collaboration team at the CERN Large Hadron Collider which made the definitive determination, and as part of the Dzero detector at the Fermilab Tevatron collider which provided strong supporting evidence including the crucial fact that the Higgs boson decays to bottom quark-antiquark pairs. The Higgs boson is the first new fundamental particle discovered since the top quark, in 1995. See the CERN press release, an NIU Today article, the Daily Chronicle article, the AP article, an NIU Today preview from just before the discovery announcement, and the Fermilab press release.
Prof. David Hedin named APS Fellow. Citation: For his many important contributions to the D0 muon system design, construction, and operation, and his leadership in exploiting muons in a variety of physics studies at D0 both in Run I and Run II of the Tevatron.
Liz Holden (MS 2006) has published a short story in the 1/11 issue of the Midwest Literay magazine (p 104) in addition to the Fall 2010 issue of Tryst Literary Magazine and the Winter 2010 issue of The Blinking