LSU Physicists Contribute to Nobel Prize Winning Research: The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo and Arthur McDonald of Queens University in Canada for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos - a type of sub-atomic particles - have mass. LSU Professor of Physics Thomas Kutter and his group of researchers were members of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, or SNO Collaboration, led by McDonald, which made the key measurements by observing neutrinos from the Sun..Read More
Small entropy changes allow quantum measurements to be nearly reversed. Physicist Mark M. Wilde has improved a theorem in a way that allows for understanding how quantum measurements can be approximately reversed under certain circumstances. The new results allow for understanding how quantum information that has been lost during a measurement can be nearly recovered, which has potential implications for a variety of quantum technologies. Read More
CALET Instrument Scheduled for Launch to Space Station: LSU Astrophysicists Anxiously Await the Data Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No.5 with the KOUNOTORI-5 cargo transfer vehicle carrying CALET at 8:50:49 p.m. on August 19 (Wed.) 2015 (Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center. The launch vehicle flew smoothly, and, at about 14 minutes and 54 seconds after liftoff, the separation of the KOUNOTORI-5 was confirmed. Docking with the ISS was accomplished on Aug. 24.Read More
Recent material science research advances the understanding of how materials can be manipulated without having to discover new materials, change the chemical concentration or apply external magnetic fields. Dr. Ward Plummer and Dr. Jian Shen's research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read More
Over the next three years, Louisiana will receive $2.5 million from NASA, plus a crucial investment of about $1.9 million from the Board of Regents Support Fund. LaSPACE, which manages NASA Space Grant and NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research has been awarded three significant multi-year awards from NASA to support space-related research development and higher education programs in Louisiana. T. Gregory Guzik is the principal investigator for Space Grant and NASA EPSCoR projects. Read More
Jorge Pullin was named as the 2014 Distinguished Research Master of Engineering, Science, or Technology. Pullin's research addresses the interface between gravity and quantum theory, specifically in the area of loop quantum gravity. His research has involved probing how space-time inside black holes is affected by quantum theory. He now also focuses on the foundations of quantum mechanics. Read more here
Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at LSU! The department is actively involved in research in astronomy and astrophysics, gravitation and relativity, nuclear and particle physics, medical physics, materials and condensed matter physics, atomic/molecular/optical physics, quantum optics and computing, and medical physics.More...