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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

  • February 11, 2015:
    Dr. Mark Stockman has been appointed a Distinguished University Professor at Georgia State University by President Mark Becker and Provost Risa Palm. Congratulations Dr. Stockman for your outstanding accomplishments and leadership!
  • January 30, 2015:
    Georgia State's program on physics teacher education, under the leadership of Dr. Brian Thoms, has been recognized as a national model. Georgia State University now becomes the member of the Physics Teacher Education Coalition's "5+ Club", a joint project of American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers. Please see: (i) congratulatory letter to the university president and (ii) PhysTec's press release.
  • January 30, 2015:
    Department Newsletter: Spring 2015 - the 2nd Issue. 
  • January 19, 2015:
    Dr. Rachel Kuzio de Naray was recently featured on Georgia Public Broadcasting discussing Kepler's recent discovery of Earth-like planets and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Listen to the interview.
  • January 16, 2015:
    GSU's physics and astronomy faculty Dr. Sebastein Lepine contributed to the recent discovery of three nearly Earth-size planets orbiting nearby star: one in 'Goldilocks' zone, where surface temperatures could be moderate enough for liquid water and perhaps life to exist. Please see ScienceDaily news.
  • January 13, 2015:
    This year's winners of the Department's Outstanding Advanced Graduate Student Awards (Physics "Hadley Award" and Astronomy Award) are Sahil Bajaj and Jen Winters. Congratulations to Sahil and Jen!
  • December 19, 2014:
    Dr. Unil Perera received a grant award from the US Army Research Office (ARO) to design extended-wavelength hot-carrier photodetectors from GaAs, Si to InAs/GaSb type-II structures.
  • December 16, 2014:
    Dr. Mukesh Dhamala has been selected to host CURE's 2015 Frontiers in Research Seminar Series Program. The previous year's seminar series on epilepsy research are listed here.
  • December 16, 2014:
    Dr. Xiaochun He and Dr. Murad Sarsour are hosting a workshop on GSU campus with participants from Brookhaven National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab and Iowa State University from Dec 15 to 17, 2014. The workshop is focused on the simulation studies and the conceptual design of a hadronic calorimeter which will be operational in 2019. See here.
  • December 12, 2014:
    Sahil Bajaj, Dr. Mukesh Dhamala's graduate student, received GSU's PhD dissertation grant.
  • December 9, 2014:
    Margaret A. Jezghani, Dr. Xiaochun He's physics graduate student, has been awarded the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research Award (SCGSR) to work on her thesis project, entitled “Study of Non-Prompt J/Psi and Low Mass Vector Meson Production in Cu+Au Collisions Using the Forward Silicon Vertex Detector at PHENIX," at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
  • December 9, 2014:
    Hari Guragain, Dr. Murad Sarsour's graduate student, has been featured as one of the highlighted Phenixians of the month in PHENIX collaboration. See here.
  • December 4, 2014:
    The recent PhysTEC News features a recent GSU graduate, Rick Farfan and highlights the leadership of GSU faculty Drs Brian Thoms and Josh von Korff. Read more about this from here: PhysTEC News.
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    Upcoming Seminars and Events

    Quantum Structured Infrared Photodector 2014 - International Conference