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`Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy website. We carry out research activities in a broad area, covering the range from constituents of matter at the subatomic and nuclear levels to the formation and evolution of active galaxies. Our CHARA Array is the largest optical/IR interferometer in the world and can be remotely controlled from Atlanta.

In their pursuit of original research, departmental faculty (with postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars, graduate and undergraduate students) have collaborations and joint programs with scientists in over 15 countries. We take great pride in teaching our undergraduate and graduate students. Our faculty developed an instructional Physics website (Hyperphysics) which receives about 50 million hits per year!

News and Events

  • September 29, 2014:
    At the International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors, the top worldwide semiconductor conference held this year in Austin, TX, Dr. Ramesh Mani presented four talks on current research, while graduate student Zhuo Wang talked about the proximity effect in topological insulators, and graduate students Tianyu Ye and Han-Chun Liu presented posters on their research.
  • September 16, 2014:
    Physics graduate student Sahil Bajaj won a competitive travel award to present his work on neurophysics of strokes in the upcoming society for neuroscience annual meeting in Washington DC.
  • September 13, 2014:
    Dr. Petrus Martens, an expert on solar flares and a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University was recently interviewed by CNN for his expert opinion about solar storms.
  • September 5, 2014:
    Dr. Petrus Martens, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University, has received a three-year, $1.2 million NASA Grand Challenge grant to develop a system to predict solar cycles and determine the long-term frequency of events such as solar flares, potentially more than a decade in advance. See GSU's coverage.
  • August 22, 2014:
    Dr. Rafal Angryk (Computer Sciences) and Dr. Petrus Martens (Physics and Astronomy) in the newly formed 2CI cluster on "Astroinformatics" have been awarded a $1.5M NSF grant under the Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program. The title of the research project is "CIF21 DIBBs: Systematic Data-Driven Analysis and Tools for Spatiotemporal Solar Astronomy Data".
  • August 20, 2014:
    The fall issue of GSU Brains and Behavior newsletter (B&B Potential) highlights neuroimaging and has a cover story on the history and technology behind Georgia State & Georgia Tech’s Center For Advanced Brain Imaging (CABI). Here is the pdf-file of the newsletter: B&B Potential-Fall 2014.
  • August 20, 2014:
    Dr. Mukesh Dhamala and his team of researchers, his graduate students Bidhan Lamichhane and Bhim Adhikari and collaborator Dr. Sarah Brosnan have discovered the brain mechanisms for perceiving unfair treatments. See Science Daily News.
  • July 8, 2014:
    Regents' Professor Steven T. Manson, Department of Physics & Astronomy, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Fellowship Committee of the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (DAMOP) of the American Physical Society (APS). This is the selection committee for new APS Fellows in the atomic, molecular and optical physics area.
  • July 5, 2014:
    Prof. Mark Stockman has been appointed an Editor of Light: Science and Applications, a journal published jointly by CIOMP and the Nature Publishing Group (NPG).
  • July 5, 2014:
    Prof. Mark Stockman has been appointed a Visiting Professor to Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics, and Physics (CIOMP), the largest optical institute in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. See here.
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