Congratulations! Professor Jorge Pullin's paper made one of the highlights list for the 2014-2015 year by the journal Classical and Quantum Gravity. Also, Physical Review X, the journal of which Dr. Pullin is the founding editor, becomes the first journal of the American Physical Society to have an impact factor higher than 9.05 according to Thomson Reuters this year. Read More
Professor Thomas Kutter, Martin Tzanov, and William Metcalf were among the scientists sharing the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics announced on November 8. The $3 million prize is shared among five international experimental collaborations studying neutrino oscillations Read More
Professor Ilya Vekhter has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for important contributions to the theory of unconventional superconductors in the vortex state, including probes of order parameter symmetry. Read More
Congratulations! Parampreet Singh has received a five-year National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, award to support his research on Explorations in Quantum Gravity: Cosmological and Black Hole Spacetimes.Read more
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.
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...