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Chair: Dr. Laurence Lurio, 815-753-6470 llurio@niu.edu

Assistant Chair/Director of Undergraduate Studies:     Dr. Yasuo Ito, 815-753-6477 yito@niu.edu

Director of Graduate Studies: Philippe Piot, 815-753-6473 dgs-physics@niu.edu

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News & Highlights

(11/16/2016) Dr. Jahred Adelman interviewed by WGN on the Physics behind Kris Bryant's masterful swings. 

(10/20/2016) Congratulations to Dr. Francois Lemery who has been named as the recipient of the 2015-2016 outstanding NIU doctoral dissertation award.

This is the second year in a row the award was granted to a former PD student in the department of Physics. Dr. Lemery’s dissertation focuses on novel electron-beam acceleration and manipulation techniques using electromagnetic wakefield formed as short electron bunches are passed through dielectric capillary tubes. The techniques are their capability to shape the electron distributions probide impetus to enhance the performance of wakefield accelerator or develop compact x-ray radiation sources such as free-eletron lasers. Dr. Lemery is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Free-Electron laser a joint venture between University of Hamburg and German’s premier national laboratory DESY where he continues his work on novel-acceleration techniques and ultrafast laser science. 

(10/14/2016) Award winning physicist Dr. Swapan Chattopadhyay and Dr. Omar Chmaissem at the top of their game.

(9/6/2016) NIU Physics graduate student, Blake Burghgrave being selected for the Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award by the DOE Office of Science. Congratulations!

(8/22/2016) NIU physicits join effort to beam neutrinos 800 miles through the earth. Led by physics professor Vishnu Zutshi, NIU’s contingent earned its spot in the Deep Underground Neutrino Project during the spring. Faculty, graduate students and undergraduates affiliated with NIU’s Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and Detector Development will team up with about 800 scientists on the project. Also in October 2016 issue of Fermilab Frontiers.

(8/16/2016) NIU Physics graduate student Matthew Krogstad won the prize for Outstanding Student Poster in the hard condensed matter section at the 2016 American Conference on Neutron Scattering, held from July 10-14 at Long Beach, CA. The poster, ‘Single Crystal Diffuse Scattering from Relaxor (1-x)PbMg(1/3)Nb(2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PMN-xPT),’ presents new work describing how diffuse x-ray and neutron scattering data reveal the nuances of local atomic displacements that occur in relaxor ferroelectric materials. The work was performed at Argonne National Laboratory and at national synchrotron and neutron facilities.  Matt works under the supervision of NIU physicist Omar Chmaissem and Argonne scientists Drs. Daniel Phelan, Ray Osborn and Stephan Rosenkranz

(8/11/2016) Greg Alley interviewed by Chicago Tonight about "Enhanced" Perseid Meteor Shower this week.

(8/11/2016) NIU STEM Outreach - Stargazing at Bliss Creek Golf Course, August 11, 6:30 - 10:30 PM (1 Golfview Lane, Sugar Grove, IL 60554)

(5/20/2016) A team of ANL and NIU scientists led by our own Dr. Zhili Xiao created 'Writable magnetic charge ice' for new computing technologies. This article is published in Science magazine (2016, Vol 352, p962).

(5/3/2016) Hottest jobs in physics

(5/2/2016) Senior Symposium/Outstanding Graduate Student Awards photos.

(4/26/2016) The Physics Department would like to announce the winners of this year's student awards. Javier Diaz and Alison Peisker shared the Outstanding Senior Award ($100). The Outstanding M.S. Student was awarded to Harsh Deshpande ($100). The Outstanding Ph.D. Student was awarded to Blake Burghgrave and Laxman Thoutam ($100) and the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant was awarded to Aaron Epps and Ryan Churchill-DeRose ($100). Awardees will be honored this Friday at the department senior symposium and awards ceremony.                                                                                                                            

(4/19/2016) Outstanding Graduate School Recognition Reception: Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Harsh Deshpande; Dissertation Completion Fellowship Award: Keith M. Taddei; Outstanding Dissertation Award: Stephen Cole.                                                                                                                             

(4/18/2016) NIU (Drs. Zutshi, Blazey, Chattopadhyay, Eads) recently joined the DUNE collaboration. This is the next-generation long baseline neutrino experiment, which will send a beam of neutrinos from Fermilab to a 40,000-ton liquid argon detector nearly a mile underground in South Dakota!

(4/1/2016) Both of our professors Swapan Chattopadhyay and Omar Chmaissem have recently named Presidential Research Professors. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 21, in the Altgeld Auditorium from 3 pm.

(3/31/2016) NIU Physics Graduate Alumnus Dr. Andy Morrison (now at Joliet Junior College) will be given a Distinguished Service Citation at the upcoming meeting of the Illinois State American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) meeting (4/22-23/2016, UIUC).

(3/21/2016) Scientific discovery 2.0. (New center offers supercomputing powers for student, faculty research.)

(3/8/2016) Celebrating International Woman's Day 2016, NIU physics postdoc Dr. Nansi Andari was featured as one of the 7 inspiring women from the ATLAS experiment on an ATLAS/CERN public article.

(3/3/2016) NIU Physics department hosted Quarknet Masterclass 2016

(2/29/2016) Dr. Lurio discusses history of leap year (WGN Midday News)

(2/16/2016) Giulio Stancari, Fermilab/Accelerator Division (NIU Physics Colloquium) 

(2/11/2016) Professor Steve Martin is featured in NIU Newsroom Homepage, explaining "Why it's a big deal to detect gravitational waves".

(1/29/2016)Scientists from NIU and Argonne National Laboratory discover exotic magnetic structures in iron-based superconductors.

(1/29/2016)February 2 | 12:30 PM Have we reached the end of physics? HARRY CLIFF • Despite the best efforts of scientists, we may never be able to explain all the weird features of nature. Is this the end of physics? Learn more in this fascinating talk about the latest research into the secret structure of the universe. CLB 110 (Honors Of_ce)