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NIU Physics Faculty have close links with Fermilab and Argonne National Lab, and often involve undergrad and graduate students in research involving both institutions. For more information, see the links here and here.


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Department Personnel

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

Contact us: AskPhysics@niu.edu

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News & Highlights

(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 ceremoy will be held on Thrusday 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)