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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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The James Webb Telescope Arrives to Final Destination

A Purdue professor and astrophysicist played a big part in a telescope that arrived at its final destination this afternoon. Right now, the James Webb Space Telescope is nearly 1 million miles from Earth. Professor Danny Milisavljevic is one of the researchers who contributed to designing the observations from the photos taken by the telescope. NASA's newest eye on the universe promises to provide scientists with an unprecedented look at the universe's first stars and galaxies. The Webb Telescope has the largest mirror ever launched, spanning more than twenty-one feet, and a heat shield the size of a tennis court.

Researchers at Purdue demonstrate bulk-edge coupling of anyons

Dr. Michael Manfra's research team has demonstrated fine control of bulk-edge coupling, how anyons at the edge of the interferometer interact with anyons in the interior of the interferometer, which will be important for designing future experiments probing more complex non-Abelian anyons.

Hubble Telescope successor launches Saturday

The largest telescope in history will blast off into space and a bit of Purdue University will go along with it. The James Webb Space Telescope had a successful launch. Professor Danny Milisavljevic sat down with WTHR-TV before the launch to talk about this launch over 20 years in the making.

On Christmas Day a new NASA telescope is set to launch

On Christmas Day a new NASA telescope is set to launch. This will be the largest telescope ever launched to this part of space. News 18 spoke with a Purdue astrophysicist who had a large part in the project. Danny Milisavljevic is an professor at Purdue but when he's not teaching, he acts as an astrophysicist, contributing valuable insight to NASA. One of his most recent projects is the James Webb Space telescope. The telescope is set to be launched on Christmas Day of 2021.

Alex Ruichao Ma receives NSF CAREER Award to pursue designer quantum materials

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Dr. Alex Ruichao Ma, Assistant Professor of Physics, the CAREER Award to pursue research aimed at engineering and understanding novel quantum materials in superconducting circuits. The CAREER Award is the foundation’s most prestigious award for junior faculty.

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