The Department of Physics and Astronomy at UNL features state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities. The Extreme Light Laboratory houses Diocles, one of the most powerful lasers in the world. At the on-campus Student Observatory and Behlen Observatory in Mead, Nebraska, students can study astrophysical phenomena such as quasars and pulsating stars.
Graduate and undergraduate students study nanoscale magnetic materials, perform experiments to "stop" light, research matter waves and unusual behavior of chiral molecules, and study the fundamental constituents of the matter that makes up our universe at some of the world's highest-energy particle accelerator laboratories.
In the Department of Physics and Astronomy, there are countless exciting possibilities to explore.
- Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship
- Graduate Assistantships with the Ferroelectric Thin Films Laboratory
- Astronomy & Physics Lecturer
- Postdoc Position - Thermal Effects in Spin-Dependent Transport & Electronic Structure of Magnetic Systems (Belashchenko Group)
- Graduate Student Position - Condensed Matter
Physics & Astronomy News:
- Semiconductor Research Corp. and the National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded a UNL physics team (Alexei Gruverman, Peter Dowben, Kirill Balashchenko, Xia Hong, Christian Binek, and Evgeny Tsymbal) a five-year contract to lead a new Center for NanoFerroic Devices as part of the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative.
- Roger Bach, Sy-Wang Liou, Damian Pope (Perimeter Institute, Canada), and Herman Batelaan published a paper, "Controlled double-slit electron diffraction" in the New Journal of Physics. It is now included in the “most read” papers published in journals by the Institute of Physics (IOP).
- Maria Becker, Wayne Huang, Elizbeth Smythe (Harvard) , Federico Capasso (Harvard) and Herman Batelaan published a cover paper, "Measurement of the ultrafast temporal response of a plasmonic antenna" in Annalen der Physik. You can also read an additional expert opinion on the paper.
- Professors Evgeny Tsymbal and Alexei Gruverman, and Dr. J. D. Burton, report energy efficient ferroelectric oxide tunnel junctions in Nature Materials.
- Anthony Starace discussed high-order harmonic generation at AAAS.
- WoPHYS 2012, "The Nanoworld is Not Enough", was held from Oct. 18-20 at UNL.
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