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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 Physics and Astronomy announces departmental awards

The Purdue University Department of Physics and Astronomy recognizes and celebrates faculty and students in its annual Departmental Awards.

Purdue’s top students to be recognized during 2021 commencement

Purdue University on Tuesday (May 5) announced the recipients of some of its highest awards for the academic year. The Martin C. Jischke Outstanding International Student of the Year Award was presented to Kaustub Parvir Anand of Mumbai, India, who majored in physics in the College of Science and the Honors College.

Graduate student parents persevere in spite of pandemic-induced chaos and isolation

Many graduate student parents are taxed to the limit on a good day. They juggle multiple roles: parent, student, and part-time or full-time employee. Some are the breadwinners of their families. Many live far away from familiar support systems and are building new ones. International graduate student parents have the added test of navigating a foreign culture, language, and institutions.

Flying among the stars: Purdue University professor using virtual reality to teach astronomy

A professor at Purdue University is teaching his students astronomy by letting them touch the stars. Danny Milisavljevic, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is using innovative new technology for his students to use virtual reality headsets to explore space.

The Installation of the Beam Pipe: A Delicate Surgical Operation at the Heart of the CMS Experiment

Reaching another major milestone of the Long shutdown 2 and performing the biggest upgrade of the experimental beam vacuum system since the first operation of CMS in 2008. After several years of complex design, manufacture and planning, the CMS collaboration, in tight cooperation with experts of the CERN Technology Department-Vacuum, Surfaces, and Coating group, have been installing the new heart of the detector, the beam pipe, over the last months. This fragile 36 m long component, in which the LHC beams collide at the Interaction Point (IP), will be one of the last elements of the experiment to be installed before closing the detector.

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