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					    KU Department of

  Physics and Astronomy

An overview for prospective
     graduate students
         Fall 2008
    KU Physics and Astronomy
        by the numbers…
101 Undergraduate Physics or Astronomy Majors

44 Masters and Ph.D. Students

6    Postdoctoral research associates

26 Full-time Faculty

13 Support Personnel (machinists, secretaries, etc.)
How much do they make? Starting Salaries

                               University faculty
                               usually have
                               postdocs before
                               taking that position.
                               College faculty
                               starting salaries are
                               often similar to
                               those of University
                               postdocs. Postdocs
                               usually last 2-3
                               years.
Research programs – University of Kansas
Department of Physics and Astronomy




                       Fall 2008
      Research programs: KU
Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • observational astronomy
  • astrobiophysics
  • cosmology
  • space and plasma physics
  • experimental nuclear physics
  • experimental particle physics
  • theoretical particle physics
  •biophysics
  • non-linear dynamics
  • experimental condensed matter physics
                       Cosmology at KU
                                                     Galaxy Shapes
Cutting edge Research

Large Scale Structure: Cover of Nature

Cosmic Microwave
Background Radiation

Ph.Ds in the last decade                 Cluster
include research fellows,
four college/university
                                         Alignment
faculty members and a
supercomputer consultant.




                                                     Velocities in
                                                     the Universe
  Molecular Biophysics
      Dr. Fischer
Protein-DNA Interactions
   Molecular Motors




                                   Dr. Antonik
                           Single-Molecular Spectroscopy
                              Conformational Dynamics
      distant galaxies
                                  Astronomy at KU


                                                         Active Galactic
                                                             Nuclei

        Using telescopes on the
        ground and in space
Galaxy clusters
                                         Star clusters
                                                            Nebulae
               SPACE PHYSICS
                   at KU

              Research is conducted
              for NASA and NSF on
              the upper atmospheres
              of the planets and how
              solar radiation and
              particles interact with the
              planetary environments.
Size of
each image    This journal cover shows
is 60 Earth   some our group’s predictions
radii.        of x-ray intensities of the
              Earth’s extended hydrogen
              atmosphere.
                            High-Energy, Plasma & Lab Astrophysics
                                                     M.V. Medvedev’s group

                                       An exploding star can produce a Black Hole or a
                                       Neutron Star – the objects with huge gravity. How
                                       space-time continuum around them looks like? What
                                       happens to objects and gas near a Black Hole Horizon?
                                       Can we find Black Holes using telescopes? Does the
                                       Einstein’s General Relativity theory is valid? What
A star can violently explode to
                                       observations can tell us about space and time ? These
produce a very intense burst of
                                       are the questions we are trying to answer.
radiation -- a Gamma-Ray Burst
(GRB) -- that outshines all the
stars altogether in the Universe for
a fraction of a second.
                                         To study what the GRBs and Supernovae are         Amazingly, these astrophysical objects can
Such an explosion is even stronger       and how they shine, we make theoretical           be reproduced in lab experiments with
than famous Supernova explosions         models and computer simulations of relevant       present-day high-intensity lasers, which
(below)                                  plasma physical processes (a realistic            power exceeds way the whole-world
                                         computer simulation result is shown below)        electric power production !!!
Nuclear physics @ the Large Hadron
             Collider
                            We collide lead ions on lead
                            ions at the highest energies
                            in the world to understand
                            the fabric of the vacuum.




KU is responsible for the
Zero Degree Calorimeter
that detects photons and
neutrons produced in the
collisions.
      Quantum computing
                                                     Nano-devices                  T       H




                                                                                                 Thin Film
                                Barrier                                            l       g
                                               BO         Nanowire junctions
                                modulation          BO
                                               Au    Au
                                                Si
                                Switching
                                magnetometer                 Si
                                                Si


                            Qubit               Si          Si
                                                                          Making the Highest-Tc (135K)
                                                                           Superconductor via atomic
                  Flux bias e                                                       surgery
Schrodinger’s Cat
          alive
                                                                          Ultrafast Lasers
                         dead                                                      semiconductors


  KU Condensed Matter Physics Program
    (3 profs, 3 postdocs, 11 grads, 5 undergrads)

  Quantum Devices & Circuits —Siyuan Han
  Thin Film & Nanoscience—Judy Wu
  Lasers & Semiconductors—Hui Zhao                                                        spintronics
                              Astrobiophysics
                            Faculty: Melott & Medvedev, plus others in
                            various KU departments.

                            Emphasis: astrophysical ionizing radiation
                            effects upon the Earth’s biosphere; mass
                            extinctions; cycles in biodiversity over 100+
                            million-year timescales.

                            Collaboration: Combining research in high-
Above: Image from a         energy astrophysics, paleontology, atmospheric
NASA press release          science, geophysics, radiation biology, and more.
about KU research results


  Results: Publications in a wide variety of
  scientific journals, student and faculty research
  awards, international news coverage, research
  symposia, National Geographic TV special
       Theoretical PhysicsAli                   Azar
              Danny
John
                     Mihailo
          Doug                                    Farida
                                        Nefer




           Rainer
                               Enrico       14



                    Theory Group
   Experimental Particle Physics
              at KU
PROJECTS:
CLEO, CMS, D0,
ILC,RICE, AURA,
Detector   R&D,
QUARKED!TM,
QuarkNet
PROFESSORS:
Baringer,Bean,
Besson, Wilson
For more information:
http://www.physics.ku.edu/
There are links for graduate
application, information on
teaching
assistantships,research, etc.
Self Graduate Fellowship:
http://www2.ku.edu/~selfpro/
“Doctoral Fellowships for Tomorrow’s
Leaders”

				
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