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Department of Physics and Astronomy

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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Purdue physicist earns global recognition with Falling Walls Foundation honor

Dr. Michael Manfra, of Purdue Physics and Astronomy, has been selected as a finalist and honoree of the Falling Walls Foundation in the Physical Sciences category. In commemoration of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall, each year, the Falling Walls Foundation seeks to answer the core question: “Which are the next walls to fall in science and society?”

XENON/DARWIN and LUX-ZEPLIN collaboration allows for next-generation dark matter detector

Most of the universe is made up of dark matter, yet dark matter still largely remains a mystery to those who study it. Two collaborations that study dark matter are now joining forces to create the next-generation dark matter detector. This unity will include the Xenon Experiment at Purdue University led by Dr. Rafael Lang.

Stored for 50 Years, Technology is Finally Advanced Enough to Analyze Apollo Moon Samples

If hindsight is 20/20, what is foresight? Foresight like that of NASA leaders in the 1970s who locked 840 pounds of moon rocks and dust in a vault until technology advanced enough to study them accurately deserves at least 20/10. Part of the Apollo Next Generation Sample Analysis Program, Purdue physicist Marc Caffee is studying radionuclides to determine how cosmic radiation has interacted with the moon.

Wall Street Journal, place Greater Lafayette among top housing markets in U.S.

Inaugural Emerging Markets Index ranks Greater Lafayette sixth among nation’s top 300 housing markets. Lindsay Mason didn’t want to love Greater Lafayette. She just couldn’t help herself. The native Bostonian had understandable reservations about uprooting French Knot — a knitwear company she co-founded with her parents in Massachusetts — when Purdue University offered her husband, Dan Milisavljevic, a tenure-track professorship in physics and astronomy.

Soaking up the sun: Artificial photosynthesis promises a clean, sustainable source of energy

Biophysicists are studying artificial photosynthesis as a sustainable source of energy. Yulia Pushkar of Purdue University's Department of Physics and Astronomy is featured in this article from the National Science Foundation.

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