Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi


The 2017 Physics Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 was divided, one half awarded to Rainer Weiss, the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”.

Total Solar Eclipse – August 21, 2017

On Aug. 21, Monday, a total solar eclipse swiped through the U.S., a once-in-a-lifetime event. It was best viewed in a narrow band that crosses Nashville, TN.

Note: Never look into the eclipsed Sun without a proper solar filter, it is dangerous!!

It was seen in Oxford, MS, as a partial solar eclipse, which is still a rare occurrence. While not a total eclipse the Sun was over 90% covered so it was still be quite impressive. The Department of Physics and Astronomy organized a viewing 12:00 noon – 3:00 PM. We set up telescopes and a solar projection device in the Quad between Lewis Hall, the Library and the back of the Lyceum. The maximum coverage, in Oxford, of the Sun was at 1:24 PM.

See these links for our Photos of the eclipse and a Movie.

New Faculty in the Department for the Fall

Dr. Bin Xiao has joined the department of Physics and Astronomy in Fall 2017. His specialty is physics education research.

Belle II Collaboration Summer School Held at the University of Mississippi

The 3rd Annual Belle II Summer School was held at the University of Mississippi — Monday July 17, 2017 until Thursday July 20, 2017.

Agenda Topics include:
Computing, Analysis setup, KLM particle ID, TOP particle ID
Nanobeams, Vertexing, BASF2, Early physics, BEAST, Reconstruction Code
Drift Chamber, ARICH particle ID, Event Display

The Registration started in room 109 of Lewis Hall at 8:30 AM Monday morning. The meeting started in room 109 of Lewis Hall at 9:00 AM Monday morning. Lectures were in room 109 Lewis Hall and the Breakout rooms were in rooms 109 and 228 Lewis Hall.

See for details.

Recent Faculty Promotions

Dr. Luca Bombelli, Dr. Marco Cavaglià and  Dr. Breese Quinn were promoted to Professor and Dr. Maribeth Stolzenburg was promoted to Research Professor