Department of Physics

2020 FSU Dirac Lectures to include Nobel Prize-winning physicist

The Florida State University Department of Physics will host the 2020 Dirac Lectures virtually from Monday, Oct. 19, through Friday, Oct. 23, including a special public lecture by Rainer Weiss, a 2017 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on gravitational waves. The FSU Department of Physics organizes the Dirac Lectures to […]

FSU physicist named American Physical Society Fellow

A Florida State University faculty member has been named a 2020 Fellow of the American Physical Society. Ingo Wiedenhöver, a professor at FSU’s Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, was selected for the distinction in recognition of his contributions to the field of physics. Each year, the APS selects less than […]

FSU sets school record with nine Fulbright Scholars

Nine Florida State University faculty members have been selected as U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program award recipients, setting a new FSU record for most Fulbright Scholars in one year. These individuals plan to teach and conduct research as part of opportunities funded by the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program during the 2020-2021 school year. Marcia A. Mardis, professor and associate dean for research in the College of Communication […]

FSU-led research team discovers unique supernova explosion

One-hundred million light years away from Earth, an unusual supernova is exploding. That exploding star — which is known as “supernova LSQ14fmg” — was the faraway object discovered by a 37-member international research team led by Florida State University Assistant Professor of Physics Eric Hsiao. Their research, which was published in The Astrophysical Journal, helped […]

FSU teams up with Panhandle teachers to host online nuclear science camp

Florida State University Physics Professor Paul Cottle is a devoted advocate of the need for physics education in K-12 schools.  That’s why he’s been teaming up with science teachers over the past three summers to organize the Nuclear Medicine and Science Camp (NMSC) for middle and high school students from Panhandle counties.  But how do […]

FSU nuclear physics lab wins $5.7M NSF grant

Six physicists at Florida State University have received a $5.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their cutting-edge research in nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics.   The grant supports operations of the John D. Fox Accelerator Laboratory at FSU and the research of professors Ingo Wiedenhoever, Samuel Tabor and Paul Cottle; assistant professors Sergio […]

FSU researchers propose new physics to explain decay of subatomic particle

Florida State University physicists believe they have an answer to unusual incidents of rare decay of a subatomic particle called a Kaon that were reported last year by scientists in the KOTO experiment at the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex. FSU Associate Professor of Physics Takemichi Okui and Assistant Professor of Physics Kohsaku Tobioka published […]

FSU physics researchers break new ground, explore unknown energy regions

Florida State University physicists are using photon-proton collisions to capture particles in an unexplored energy region, yielding new insights into the matter that binds parts of the nucleus together. “We want to understand not just the nucleus, but everything that makes up the nucleus,” said FSU Professor of Physics Paul Eugenio. “We’re working to understand […]

FSU faculty ‘superstar’ earns national honor

Florida State’s esteemed physics professor Samuel Tabor has earned every accolade in the book for his meaningful impact on students and the university over the past 35 years: “Brilliant.” “Exceptional.” “Deeply encouraging.” “Great to work with.” Those were just some of the words coworkers and students used to describe Tabor as they nominated him for […]

MagLab scientists discover thermoelectric properties in promising class of materials

Exploring an area overlooked by other scientists, physicists at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have discovered that a class of materials called “1-2-20s” have very promising thermoelectric properties, opening the floodgates for further research into these fascinating materials. The study was published in Science Advances. Thermoelectric devices can produce electricity if […]

Physics undergraduate student wins prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

A Florida State University student who conducts research in theoretical physics has received a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, awarded to the nation’s brightest mathematics, science and engineering college sophomores and juniors. Shae Machlus, a rising senior from New Port Richey, will receive $7,500 from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation to cover the […]

Across the spectrum: Researchers find way to stabilize color of light in next-gen material

A team of Florida State University physicists has found a way to stabilize the color of light being emitted from a promising class of next-generation materials that researchers believe could be the basis for efficient and more cost-effective optoelectronic technologies that can turn light into electricity or vice versa. The research is published in Nature […]