Physics News Archive


(March 4, 2019) Professor Carol Thompson and collaborators at Argonne National Lab have published an article in Nature Physics.

(January 24, 2019) Professor Zhili Xiao and NIU graduate student Jing Xu together with a team from Argonne National Lab have published an article in Nature Communications revealing a unique form of magneto resistance.

(January 24, 2019) Adjunct NIU Physics Professor Pushpa Bhat was elected as the physics representative  to the council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 


 (December 13, 2018)  The University of Chicago, Department of Physics & Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) 2019 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate Programs: Deadline February 15, 2019. Mail application to: The University of Chicago REU Program, Attn: Ms. Brenda Thomas, 929 E. 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637-1433. e-mail:,

(December 3, 2018) Physics REU Summer 2019 at University of Washington, Seattle June 17 - August 23, 2019. Online application and details: Deadline: February 28, 2019 (early application recommended) 

 (August 7, 2018) NIU Physics Summer REU program takes a tour at FERMILAB (Jaime Almanza, Alexandra Brukhovetsky, David Goldberg, Evan Hall, Angela Iwanicki, Brenden Kelly, Nikhila Swarna)


(July 2, 2018) Nanotechnology published an article with Xu as co-lead author.  Dr. Zhili Xiao is the corresponding author on the article, which was highlighted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

(June 27, 2018) Professor Omar Chmaissem and Physics Graduate Student Matt Krogstad make an important discovery about the structure of Ferroelectric Materials.

(June 27, 2018) Professor Winkler watches holes spinning round in unusual ways.


In a magnetic field (inset, black arrow) the hole spin (blue arrow) precesses about an axis (red arrow) that is not aligned with the field. The experimental fingerprint for this becomes a Kerr signal (main panel) that oscillates and decays as a function of time.


(May 7, 2018) Tyler Burch wins prestigious Department of Energy Award.


(April 24, 2018) Congratulations to Osama Mohsen for being selected as one of the representatives of the Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC) for academic year 2018-2019.

(April 12, 2018) Congratulations to Dr. Philippe Piot (Board of Trustees Professor, 2018) and Dr. Vishnu Zutshi (Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor, 2018). Awards ceremony to be held at Altgeld Auditorium, April 19, 3-5 pm.


(April 9. 2018) Trip to Field Museum (April 7, 2018)


(April 6, 2018) Dr. David Hedin, seminar on Understanding Our Asymetrical Universe, held at University Suite, Holmes Student Center, 2nd Flr., April 5.

(March 27, 2018) Featured Expert: Dr. Jahred Adelman


By day, physics professor Jahred Adelman helps scientist around the world sort out the mysteries of the sub-atomic world. But he can also apply that knowledge why curve balls curve, sliders slide and makes some of the major league's pitchers better than others.

Congratulations to Matthew Andorf (2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Ph.D.), Prudhvi Bhattiprolu (2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Master's), Anusorn Lueangaramwong (2018 Dissertation Completion Fellowship), Tilak Malla (Graduate School Fellowship Award 2018-2019)

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2018 Solicitation 1. Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:




  • A Thank You card from Girl Scout Troop 1620 to Greg Alley (Observatory Manager). 
  • Mu2e Building Construction.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Cole whose doctoral dissertation has been recognized by the NIU Graduate Council as the most outstanding dissertation of 2014-2015. 
  • Assistant Professor Young-Min Shin was recently awarded the MVP (Most Valued Professor) award by the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services.
  • NIU Ph.D. student publishes discoveries in top physics journal
  • Dr. Clyde Kimball Scholarship: A scholarship in Dr. Kimball’s name has been established to be awarded to NIU physics students to assist in their academic endeavors. Simply indicate "Clyde Kimball Scholarship" in the “Other” designation when donating. (link below)
  • Moon Madness: Area residents observe total lunar eclipse.
  • Dr. Mike Syphers will be joining us as a Research Professor at NIU physics department and the accelerator cluster of research excellence starting on September 16, 2015. This is a joint appointment with Fermilab. He is currently a full profesor of physics at Michigan State University. Dr. Syphers had been a long-time staff at Fermilab previously and had wanted to return to the NIU/Fermilab community for some time and this is an ideal opportunity for the cluster to have him on board. Dr. Syphers is the author of one textbook in particle accelerators, is an international expert large hadron particle colliders, had contributed originally to the Superconducting Supercollider (SSC) and now contributing to the Future Circular Collider (FCC) design at CERN, He is a member of the Board of the US Particle Accelerator School and we expect him to boost the NIU accelerator physics both in educational aspects as well as broadening the research to include colliders.
  • "High Energy" researches attract 1.77 million in new grants
  • Reception for Undergraduate Women in Science, September 11, 2015, La Tourette Hall Rm 300, 1:00-2:00 pm
  • NIU Alum Sam Watt takes STEM Outreach to Beijing
  • Update news story on NIU's STEM program including its origins in physics.
  • Graduate student Keith Taddei (Advisor Dr. Omar Chmaissem) won the Margaret Etter student lecturer award for the neutron scattering category at this year's ACA annual meeting in Philadelphia. The award was announced July 27th, 2015. Further details at NIU today.
  • Watch Dr. Jahred Adelman's interview on Fox 32 Chicago News Friday, July 3, 2015.
  • STEM Cafe talk on the Physics of Baseball 
  • It is with great sadness that I must announce the news of Clyde Kimball’s death last Wednesday in Corvallis, Oregon. Clyde was a fixture of the physics department and every day he worked towards fulfilling an ambition vision of what the department could be. We will miss him greatly and it is up to us to now keep his vision alive. (Laurence B. Lurio): Information about Clyde: Click here
  • Fermilab director Nigel Lockyer to receive honorary NIU doctorate.
  • Professor and Students Design New Lab Experiment and Produce Instructional Video (Dr. Shin, Gregory Alley and Ryan Churchill-Derose). Their video is available on the Optics Lab website
  • Research Compliance and Integrity will hold RCR Forum designed to support high quality research and promote graduate student professional development. Forum session will provide information for students about Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). April 8, 2015 La Tourette Hall 201 at noon - Research Misconduct, hosted by Shannon Wapole (ORCI): Panelist: Dr. Carol Thompson, Dean Brad Bond.
  • Congratulations to Daniel Stange and Nilanjana Kumar who are recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award on April 21, 2015 at the Altgeld Hall Auditorium.
  • Jamison Thorne's write up and reflection on the Industrial Physics Forum was just published in the latest edition of the national magazine for the Society of Physics Students, called the SPS Observer
  • Andrew Morrison (our own alumni) will be featured on STEM cafe on 2/24.
  • "The Physics of Nuclear Propulsion" - Feb. 25, 2015, La Tourette Hall Rm 227, 1:00-1:50 PM - A special lecture for Physics undergraduate majors. The guest lecturer, Lt. Haggerty, is a Nuclear propulsion officer in the Navy, who will share real world experiences and examples about nuclear power, reactor principles and submarine operations.
  • Michel van Veenedaal pens new book "Theory of Inelastic Scattering and Absorption of X-rays" (Cambridge University Press)
  • Professor Swapan Chattopadhyay wrote a column on "The 2020 vision:the new face of accelerator science at Fermilab" in Fermilab Today (Jan 28, 2015 edition).
  • APS/IBM Research Internships for Undergraduate Women and Underrepresented Minorities: Deadline is February 15