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Why Nanowires Lose Their Superpowers

If you cool a wire to a very low temperature—much colder than your freezer—something amazing happens: the electrons responsible for carrying the electrical current pair up and can flow forever without slowing down or producing heat.

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Astronomy News


Chameleon Star Baffles Astronomers

Pulsars — tiny spinning stars, heavier than the sun and smaller than a city — have puzzled scientists since they were discovered in 1967.

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Astronomy is for those with a strong interest in the sky, the amazing discoveries being made almost daily by modern astronomers, or the remarkable history of astronomy that goes back to the dawn of human civilization. The Physics Department offers a wide variety of in-depth, but largely qualitative courses designed to intrigue students with the full sweep of astronomical knowledge. Students who choose an Astronomy minor start with the Introductory Astronomy course (ASTR 5) and one of the Astronomy Laboratories (ASTR 23 and ASTR 24) and then choose from a selection of additional courses on the "Moons and Planets," "Big Bang," "Stars and Galaxies," "Spacecraft in Astronomy," "History and Practices of Ancient Astronomy," or more advanced courses such a "Astrophysics," and "Special Topics" courses in Astronomy.

Students with a pre-professional interest in astronomy usually pursue the Astrophysics track within the Physics Major.

Undergraduate Astronomy

Small innovative classes - Students take classes taught by distinguished astronomers and physicists.

Exciting undergraduate research - Students work closely with our faculty on research projects. Fellowships are available for students interested in engaging in summer research.

Graduate Physics

Opportunities for advanced study - Under the close supervision of faculty members, graduate students pursue research at the frontiers of physics and astronomy. Graduates receive excellent training to prepare them for careers in academia, industry, or a variety of government agencies.