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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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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.

Purdue scientist helps guide the eyes of soon-to-launch Webb Space Telescope, successor to Hubble

The sight of the stars the first time he peered into a telescope floored Danny Milisavljevic. There, right before his eyes, was an entire universe full of planets and details, unexplored and unexpected. Now, as an assistant professor of physics and astronomy in Purdue University’s College of Science, Milisavljevic is helping bring details from the world’s newest and most powerful telescope: the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, which allowed humans to see farther into space and deeper into time.

Purdue researchers control the quantum vacuum

A team of researchers from Purdue University has made a breakthrough demonstration of controlling energy transfer mediated by vacuum fluctuations.  They have proposed and demonstrated a non-reciprocal, diode-like Casimir device. 

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