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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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Commission on Semiconductors (C8) Early Career Scientist Prize 2023 Winners

Former student Yang Xu has been awarded the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Semiconductor Physics. He is an Associate Professor and group leader at the Institute of Physics (IOP), Chinese Academy of Sciences. He earned his B.S. from the School of the Gifted Young at the University of Science and Technology of China in 2011. His Ph.D. was completed in 2018 at Purdue University, where he primarily studied electronic transport in three-dimensional topological insulators and demonstrated the first gate-tunable “half-integer” quantum Hall effect arising from the topological surface states.

New quantum materials promise unimagined innovations in computing, memory

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — To build something fantastic, you need fantastic building blocks. Which is exactly what physicists are creating: new materials, with qualities undreamed of in our current world. Erica Carlson, 150th Anniversary Professor of physics and astronomy in Purdue University’s College of Science and a member of the Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute, is one of those physicists working to develop quantum materials to design future technologies in the fields of computing, construction, medicine, engineering and more.

20 Top Universities For Quantum Computing Research

THE QUANTUM INSIDER — Every major university is engaged in quantum computing research on some level. Many are deeply engaged in quantum computing research — and many have been for the past few decades. According to the Quantum Insider, Purdue University ranks in the top twenty world wide universities for quantum computing.

2024 NFS Graduate Research Fellowship Program announces awardees and honorable mentions

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the 2024 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) which included 20 awardees and 12 honorable mentions from Purdue University. Of the pool of innovators, the Purdue University College of Science students stood out with ten awardee offers and two honorable mentions including these Purdue PhysAstro students: Meenakshi McNamara and Sara Cuevas-Quiñones.

Distinguished Professor Chris Greene selected as 2024 Morrill Award winner

PURDUE UNIVERSITY — Chris Greene, a theoretical physicist and the Albert Overhauser Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has been named Purdue’s Morrill Award winner for 2024. Greene was recognized Tuesday (May 7) with other 2024 award winners at Purdue’s annual Faculty Honors Ceremony and Reception. The Morrill Award is the highest honor that Purdue confers on a faculty member and recognizes faculty who best exhibit excellence in teaching, research and engagement.

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