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The Department of Physics and Astronomy has a rich and long history dating back to the latter part of the 19th century. Our faculty and students are exploring nature at all length scales, from the subatomic (quarks and gluons) to the macroscopic (black holes and dark energy), and everything in between (atomic and biological systems).

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Flying among the stars: Purdue University professor using virtual reality to teach astronomy

A professor at Purdue University is teaching his students astronomy by letting them touch the stars. Danny Milisavljevic, assistant professor of physics and astronomy in the College of Science, is using innovative new technology for his students to use virtual reality headsets to explore space. The first technology of its kind to allow connection by students in different locations — rather than on the same Wi-Fi network — the headsets are also based on lightweight, relatively inexpensive and commercially available hardware. The technology was used for the first time last month in his Intermediate Astronomy II class.

VR in universities a welcome addition, but not yet 'plug-and-play'

The coronavirus pandemic prevented students, professors and administrators from conducting in-person classes and meetings, enhancing the popularity of virtual and augmented reality-based tools on and off campus over the past year.

Building the workforce for the Quantum Age

The Stone Age. The Bronze Age. The Iron Age. The Industrial Revolution. Eras tend to be defined by their technology, and humans may be headed for a new one: the Quantum Age.

Purdue Physics and Astronomy graduate student awarded INSGC fellowship

The Indiana Space Grand Consortium (INSGC) has awarded Amanda Depoian an INSGC Graduate Fellowship.  The INSGC is one of the 52 Consortia part of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.  In the state of Indiana, INSGC is a source of NASA-related information, awards and programs. Depoian is advised by Professor Rafael Lang. 

Big Ten Men’s Tennis All-Conference Teams and Individual Awards Announced

The Big Ten Conferenced announced the men’s tennis all-conference teams and individual award winners on Tuesday. Purdue Physics and Astronomy student Andre Suzanne, was awarded a Sportsmanship Award from the Big Ten.

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