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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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Gabor Csathy named Purdue Physics and Astronomy Department Head

On July 19, 2022, Dr. Patrick J. Wolfe, Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science, announced that Dr. Gabor A. Csathy is the new department head of the Purdue University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Csathy was the current interim department head since August of 2021 as well as professor of Physics and Astronomy.

Purdue University Assistant Professor Danny Milisavljevic on the new James Webb Space Telescope

NPR — Purdue University Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Danny Milisavljevic recently joined Lakeshore Public Radio’s Tom to discuss the new $10billion James Webb Space Telescope. Astronomers all over the world are giddy with excitement and are rushing to download images as they are engulfed by a whirlwind of possible discoveries.

Purdue professor to study images from new space telescope

INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS — An assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Purdue University says the images released this week from the the James Webb Space Telescope represent a new era in space exploration. Danny Milisavljevic, is leading a team of dozens who will study images produced by the JWST, including the supernova Cassiopeia A.

Purdue scientists already compared the quality of the James Webb Space Telescope to Hubble, and the results are insane

WTHR — The JWST's first image revealed details of a faraway galaxy cluster. A Purdue astrophysicist slated to study images from the telescope said this is just the start.

Purdue hosts telescope watch party, panel

PURDUE EXPONENT — The first full-color images from the James Webb Space Telescope were released in a livestream Tuesday morning. A watch party was hosted in the Hiler Theater in WALC, where the images from the telescope were projected onto large screens. As the seconds ticked down to the reveal, two graduate students who organized the watch party were jumping in anticipation, and almost every one of the 20 people in the auditorium were leaning forward in their seats. The first five full-color images were of the Carina nebula, WASP-96b, the Southern Ring Nebula, Stephan's Quintet and SMACS 0723.

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