Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi


Join us for a celebration of science. Walk from Campus to Oxford square on April 22 to champion and support science.

Science protects the health of our communities, the safety of our families, the education of our children, the foundation of our economy and jobs, and the future we all want to live in and preserve for coming generations. Science is a tool of discovery that allows us to constantly expand and revise our knowledge of the universe. In doing so, science serves the interests of all humans. Science education teaches children and adults to think critically, ask questions, and evaluate truth based on the weight of evidence. Science promotes diversity and inclusion in science to build robust and resilient communities for the benefit of all people. Science makes our democracy stronger.

On April 22, scientists and supporters of science will march in cities and towns across the world to reaffirm these core values.

Please stand up for science and join your fellow Ole Miss scientists in a celebration of science by walking from campus to Oxford square. This is a strictly non-political, non-partisan event. We value inclusion, diversity, equity, and access to everybody. We aim for a diverse group of participants, including first-time marchers. Families with young children are welcome.

We will assembly on the steps of the Lyceum (University Circle) at 10:30 am and start walking at 11:00am. The planned route (about 1 mile) will take us through the Grove, University Avenue and South Lamar. We will end the march at Oxford Square.

Please show your support for science as a vital feature of a working democracy, spurring innovation, critical thinking, increased understanding, and better, healthier lives for all people. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook (event).

UMiss Physicists are Participating in the Muon g-2 Experiment at Fermilab

Drs. Breese Quinn and Jenny Holzbauer and Graduate student Wanwei Wu are members of the Muon g-2 Collaboration at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), which was featured in a Nature article on April 11, 2017.

In the search for new physics, experiments based on high-energy collisions inside massive atom smashers are coming up empty-handed. So physicists are putting their faith in more-precise methods: less crash-and-grab and more watching-ways-of-wobbling. Next month, researchers in the United States will turn on one such experiment. It will make a super-accurate measurement of the way that muons, heavy cousins of electrons, behave in a magnetic field. And it could provide evidence of the existence of entirely new particles.

See the complete Nature article:

UM Physics grad students bring home awards

Graduate students in The University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy have been busy this month, bringing home awards from conferences across the state.

Seven graduate students presented their research at this year’s annual meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences in Hattiesburg two weeks ago. Somayeh Taghizadeh’s poster on Development of Brain Tissue Mimicking Phantom (pictured top, left) won the second place award in the competition.

Last week Mohammad “Reza” Afrough presented his work at the 7th Annual Research Symposium organized by the UM Graduate Student Council and won the first place award in the Physical and Life Sciences poster category with Development of a Tilt-free seismometer for Advanced LIGO (pictured bottom, left).

Fifteen graduate students went to Starkville last Saturday for the second annual joint UM-MSU Physics Graduate Student Association Research Symposium. There were two poster awards and both went to UM students, Reza Afrough  and Nilmini Karunarathne. Of the five oral presentation awards, the first and one of the two tied for second place went to UM students, Maryam Landi and Sunethra Dayavansha.

Henry E. Bass Basic Acoustics Summer School scheduled at UM

The Henry E. Bass Basic Acoustics Summer School (BASS) brings undergraduate students, distinguished Research Scientists of the National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA) and Discussion Leaders together to explore a wide variety of topics in physical acoustics and engineering. BASS will give students opportunities to do research directed by experts, exploring topics that are not ordinarily encountered in the undergraduate experience.

The focus of BASS is on intermediate and advanced undergraduate students (must have completed sophomore year). A limited number of undergraduate students will be selected. Each student will be assigned a research advisor and a research topic for the program. The student will work in the lab, attend organized lectures, and participate in discussion groups.

Participants provide their own transportation to and from The University of Mississippi. There is no registration fee. Participants will receive a $3,000 stipend and dormitory housing, if needed.

The Program will be held June 5, 2017 to July 28, 2017. Program information will be provided to all those who request the application form.  Complete applications for the 2017 BASS must be received no later than  March 1, 2017.

Application forms may be requested from Marta Panickar, National Center for Physical Acoustics by phone at (662) 915-8868 or via e-mail at

Gravity group visitors for the Spring and gravitational wave workshop

The gravity group is hosting several visitors this Spring. Most of them are coming with funding from the Strong Gravity and High Energy Physics Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) Action, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015. All of these visitors will take part in the StronG BaD (Strong Gravity and Binary Dynamics) workshop (see the announcement in Ole Miss News).

Here is the list of visitors and their arrival/departure dates:

Leonardo Gualtieri (Rome), Feb 16-Mar 1

Laura Bernard (IST Lisbon), Feb 20-Mar 20
Seth Hopper (IST Lisbon), Feb 20-Mar 20
Andrea Nerozzi (IST Lisbon), Feb 20-Mar 20

Michalis Agathos (Cambridge), Feb 21-Mar 21
William Cook (Cambridge), Feb 21-Mar 21
Christopher Moore (Cambridge), Feb 21-Mar 21
Roxana Rosca (Cambridge), Feb 21-Mar 21

Atsushi Nishizawa (Nagoya), Feb 23-Mar 3

Pedro Cunha (Aveiro), Feb 25-Mar 24
Carlos Herdeiro (Aveiro), Feb 25-Mar 11

Antoine Klein (Paris), Feb 26-Mar 15