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Facilities and Research

Facilities and Research

The Department of Physics is housed on the ground level of the Patrick E. Haggerty Science Center. The physical facilities for the department include separate laboratories for nuclear physics, electronics, and optics, as well as for introductory courses. The advanced laboratories are equipped with up-to-date instrumentation including the following: an atomic force microscope, a scanning electron microscope, a muon detector, a multichannel analyzer for nuclear measurements, an x-ray apparatus for crystallography, semiconductor logic sets for electronics, Michelson and Fabry-Perot interferometers, and an Ocean Optics spectrometer. In addition, the department maintains the Haggerty Observatory on campus. A 16-inch computerized Cassegrain telescope with a CCD camera is housed in the 5-meter dome and is available for student research projects. In addition to our on-campus facilities, students often complete nuclear physics research at laboratories off campus and astronomy and astrophysics studies using remote observatories such as the Monroe Robotic Observatory of the University of North Texas.  Beginning in the Fall of 2017,  experimental neutrino physics will be offered as well using such facilities as the MINOS far detector in the Soudan lead mine in northern Minnesota (shown above).

Departmental Newsletters and Admissions Information

Newsletters:

Newsletter 2015
Newsletter 2016
Newsletter 2017
Newsletter 2018
Newsletter 2019

Admissions Information:

Admissions 2017

News

Alumna Establishes Endowed Scholarship to Honor Longtime UD Administrator, Historian

“No one is more deserving of a scholarship in her name than Sybil Novinski,” said President Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA ’82 MA ’83, at the ceremony celebrating the Sybil Novinski Scholarship Fund endowed by Eileen McPherson Meinert, BA ’83, and her husband, David Meinert. “This is something that many alumni, faculty and administrators have talked about, and this is a great day because we get to honor someone who’s meant so much to so many.”

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Physics, Chemistry Professors Receive Air Force Grant

In September, the U.S. Air Force awarded the University of Dallas and Cerium Labs a $500,000 STTR Phase II contract to develop a "Silicon Nitride Seal for Thermal Barrier Coating in Gas Turbines for Extended Engine Life.” Affiliate Research Assistant Professor of Physics Will Flanagan, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of Chemistry Ellen Steinmiller, Ph.D., are co-principal investigators on the project. This award builds on a smaller $50,000 Phase I award earlier this year. UD’s portion of the award is $150,000.

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Patriotic Ceremony Honors UD Veterans

Against the backdrop of a picture perfect day, students, faculty and staff gathered on the mall in front of the Haggerty Science Center to pay tribute to veterans who have served our country.

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