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Homer L. Dodge
Department of Physics & Astronomy

Since 1909 the Department has had a tradition of educating scientists, engineers, and teachers who have distinguished themselves as leaders in industry and academia.

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Thirumalai Venkatesan

Dr. "Venky" Venkatesan elected as Foreign Fellow of INSA

September 12, 2023

Dr. Thirumalai “Venky” Venkatesan, the director of the Center for Quantum Research and Technology at the University of Oklahoma, was elected as Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy.

Joseph Tischler, Madalina Furis, and Mike Santos

Prestigious CQRT Grants

In other recent news, Professors Tischler, Santos, and Furis have secured large Federal grants to support new recent themes in the CQRT. Tischler and Santos from the Physics and Astronomy Department at OU in collaboration with Amethyst Research Incorporated (ARI) were granted a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for a total of $1,700,000.00. OU and ARI are working together to develop tunable epsilon-near-zero tunneling diodes in the infrared region to be used as detectors and light sources.

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Kilic Selected by NASA to Join ULTRASAT Mission

July 19, 2023

Mukremin Kilic, Ph.D., an associate professor of astrophysics and cosmology in the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy, is one of 14 scientists selected by NASA to join the Ultraviolet Transient Astronomy Satellite Participating Scientists Program.

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Department Hosts APS Site Visit

March 08, 2023

On March 8th and 9th, the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics & Astronomy participated in an APS Improving the Climate for Women Site Visit. This program, run by the American Physical Society, sends 4-person groups of external visitors to physics departments around the country with the goal of improving the department climate for women and other marginalized groups.

Doerte Blume, Grant Biedermann, and Alberto Marino

OU Physicists Receive $1 Million Grant to Explore Quantum Synchronization

July 27, 2022

The ability to create synchronization is the aim of a new research project led through the University of Oklahoma’s Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Center for Quantum Research and Technology. The three-year project is funded through a $1 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation and is led by Professor Doerte Blume, Ph.D. Blume is working with CQRT researchers Grant Biedermann, Ph.D., and Alberto Marino, Ph.D., with the support of postdoctoral researchers and graduate and undergraduate students

Howie Baer and Phillip Gutierrez

OU Physicists Receive a Nearly $1.7 Million Grant to Support High Energy Physics Experiments

July 14, 2021

Located on the border between France and Switzerland is a laboratory operated by CERN and the location of a 17-mile (27-kilometre) ring underground, the Large Hadron Collider. This site is where University of Oklahoma physicists Phillip Gutierrez and Howard Baer carry out their work, now supported by a nearly $1.7 million grant from the Department of Energy.

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