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From black holes and planets circling white dwarf stars to neutrino detectors deep in the earth, our research programs span every scale. Learn more here.

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ACADEMICS

Considering a career in physics or astrophysics? Learn more about our undergraduate and graduate programs here.

Events

EVENTS

Our department colloquium series meets Mondays throughout the semester at 4:00 p.m. Find out about this and other department events here.

Observation of Gravitational Waves From a Binary Black Hole Merger

Dr. Patrick Brady from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee visited UNC Physics and Astronomy on 3/3/2016 to discuss the recent LIGO detection of gravitational waves, a finding which reinforced a fundamental part of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

Carolina Faculty Look Back at Historic Conference

UNC faculty discuss their involvement with the Hawking Radiation Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, which took place August 24-29, 2015.

USING ROBO-AO TO VERIFY EXOPLANETS

This timelapse video (from Christoph Baranec, Robo-AO PI) shows Robo-AO using its laser to target planet candidates identified by NASA’s Kepler mission. Graduate Student Carl Zeigler, his advisor Professor Nick Law, and collaborators at Princeton & Hawaii are using these results to confirm thousands of exoplanet candidates and to explore the effects of stellar companions on planetary formation.

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Introductory Physics Instruction Changes Fully Implemented

The UNC-CH Department of Physics & Astronomy has completed a multi-stage transformation (begun in 2004) of our introductory physics instruction, in which we created four new courses to provide students with education in exciting and relevant physics topics using effective, … Continued

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Amy Oldenburg Appointed to Biomedical Imaging Study Section at the National Institutes of Health

We are delighted to report that Assoc. Prof. Oldenburg has been selected to serve on the Biomedical Imaging Technology-A (BMIT-A) study section at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for four years starting July 1. The role of study sections … Continued

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Exploring Stellar Processes More Efficiently at LENA

The Laboratory for Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics (LENA), located at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL), is noted internationally for its precision nuclear reaction rate measurements of rare astrophysical processes. These are critical to stellar nucleosynthesis of heavier elements from hydrogen … Continued

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Othman, Went Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Two UNC Physics and Astronomy students, Joule Othman and Cora Went, have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for 2016. Joule is a second year graduate student at UNC, concentrating in Nuclear Physics. She completed her undergraduate work … Continued

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