Department of Physics

Missouri S&T joins LIGO and Virgo’s newest research on neutron star smash-ups

Posted by on May 2, 2019

This spring semester, Missouri S&T became the state’s only institution to join the worldwide LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) Scientific Collaboration (LSC) of researchers committed to detecting cosmic gravitational waves. This research explores the fundamental physics of gravity using the emerging field of gravitational wave science as a tool for astronomical discovery.

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Missouri S&T grad helps capture first-ever image of a black hole

Posted by on April 11, 2019

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For the first time ever, scientists have captured an image of a black hole, and a Missouri S&T graduate played an important role. Dr. Frederick K. Baganoff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, is among the collaborators on the international Event Horizon Telescope project to produce the first direct images of a black hole. Baganoff earned a bachelor of science degree in physics from Missouri S&T in 1985.

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Missouri S&T physics professor publishes poetry book

Posted by on April 1, 2019

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Dr. Agnes Vojta, a teaching professor of physics at Missouri University of Science and Technology, is celebrating the release of her first book of poems, “Porous Land.”

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Missouri S&T undergraduates to exhibit research to state legislators

Posted by on March 22, 2019

Undergraduate students from Missouri S&T will travel to Jefferson City, Missouri, to exhibit their latest research projects to state legislators on Thursday, April 4.

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Physics researchers discover new approach to control the spread of light

Posted by on March 4, 2019

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Physics researchers have discovered a new way to control light — one that produces a concentrated, optically energetic laser beam when transmitted through diffuse media such as fog, biological tissue or white paint — rather than the typical weaker light with a lateral spread.

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Missouri S&T joins LIGO Scientific Collaboration and world-class astrophysics research

Posted by on February 26, 2019

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This spring semester, Missouri S&T became the state’s only institution to join the worldwide LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) Scientific Collaboration (LSC) of researchers committed to detecting cosmic gravitational waves.

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Researchers mimic Legos for molecular building blocks, earn $411,000 NSF grant

Posted by on June 28, 2018

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Scientists at Missouri S&T are drawing inspiration from toy building blocks to create fixed molecular units used to accelerate the material discovery process known as rational design. They’ll use these “molecular blocks” to discover highly ionic conductive materials that could be used to make today’s much sought after all-solid-state lithium batteries.

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S&T physics major and robotics volunteer puts kids’ STEM experiences first

Posted by on May 22, 2018

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Joey Franz, a junior in physics at Missouri S&T with an emphasis in secondary education, combines his passions for physics and working with kids through volunteering as a high school robotics competition mentor.

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S&T physics graduate receives Fulbright grant to teach in Russia

Posted by on May 16, 2018

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Owen Smith, a 2017 physics graduate of Missouri S&T, has received a Fulbright scholarship grant to study in Russia from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Smith will be an English-language teaching assistant at a Russian university for the academic year from September 2018 to June 2019.

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Dr. Barbara Hale, Missouri S&T physics professor, retires after 46 years of service

Posted by on March 15, 2018

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After 46 years of teaching and research in the physics department at Missouri S&T, Dr. Barbara N. Hale has retired.

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