The Department of Physics & Astronomy at George Mason University

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The Department of Physics & Astronomy at George Mason University

Mission: The mission of the Department of Physics & Astronomy is to disseminate and advance the field of physics and astronomy through instruction, research and outreach.

Congratulations to Prof. Peter Plavchan on receiving the Dean's Early Career Excellence Award during the COS, Celebratio...
12/11/2019

Congratulations to Prof. Peter Plavchan on receiving the Dean's Early Career Excellence Award during the COS, Celebration of Success, event this afternoon!

Another exciting day at PhysCon with Dr. So, Dr. Barreto, Dr. Plavchan, Kathryn, and Brooke. #physcon #physicsandastrono...
11/15/2019

Another exciting day at PhysCon with Dr. So, Dr. Barreto, Dr. Plavchan, Kathryn, and Brooke.

#physcon #physicsandastronomy #masonscience #physastrogmu

Prof. Barreto, GTA/GRA Kathryn Ann Fernandez, and Brooke Vaughn representing at PhysCon in Providence, RI! Barreto's Phy...
11/14/2019

Prof. Barreto, GTA/GRA Kathryn Ann Fernandez, and Brooke Vaughn representing at PhysCon in Providence, RI! Barreto's Physics Classes

#physcon #masonscience #physastrogmu #astrophysics #physicsandastronomy

#ThursdayThoughts #ThursdayTheories #GMU #Science #Physics #Astronomy
11/14/2019

#ThursdayThoughts #ThursdayTheories #GMU #Science #Physics #Astronomy

Mercury Transition Event at GMU with Hakeem Oluseyi!Peter Plavchan Hakeem Oluseyi#MercuryTransition #MondayMarvels #Phys...
11/11/2019

Mercury Transition Event at GMU with Hakeem Oluseyi!
Peter Plavchan Hakeem Oluseyi

#MercuryTransition #MondayMarvels #Physics #Astronomy
#Science #GMU

#Astronomy #Physics #GMU #Science #TuesdayTopics #TuesdayTrivia
11/05/2019

#Astronomy #Physics #GMU #Science #TuesdayTopics #TuesdayTrivia

11/04/2019

One of our own, grad student Ryan Pfeifle, will be at Astronomy on Tap - DC tonight to discuss Hunting Elusive Giants: Uncovering a Triplet of Active Galactic Nuclei in a Galaxy Merger -- Doors: 7:30 PM, Show: 8 PM, 21+

#MondayMarvels #Astronomy #GMU #GalaxyMerger #ScienceisCool

The Friends of the Observatory carved some pumpkins over the weekend for Halloween! #WednesdayWisdom #Physics #Astrophys...
10/30/2019

The Friends of the Observatory carved some pumpkins over the weekend for Halloween! #WednesdayWisdom #Physics #Astrophysics #Astronomy

10/29/2019

Read this follow-up article in GMU News for the QMC. Congrats Patrick!

https://www2.gmu.edu/news/580471

#TuesdayTrivia #TuesdayTopics #GMU #Physics #Astronomy

#MondayMemories #MindfulMonday #Science #GMU #Physics #Astronomy
10/28/2019

#MondayMemories #MindfulMonday #Science #GMU #Physics #Astronomy

COS Graduate Students Luncheon #tuesdaytips #GMU #Physics #Astronomy
10/22/2019

COS Graduate Students Luncheon

#tuesdaytips #GMU #Physics #Astronomy

We are hosting a public telescope viewing event for the Monday, November 11th morning transit of Mercury across the face...
10/22/2019
Mercury Transit Breakfast and Observation

We are hosting a public telescope viewing event for the Monday, November 11th morning transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun, the last until 2032. Telescope viewing will include hot chocolate and breakfast and a talk by Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, an accomplished astrophysicist with appearances on the Science Channel and affiliate faculty at George Mason. The event is free, and we request that you RSVP. Details about the event schedule and location, and how to RSVP, are located here:

https://alumni.gmu.edu/MercuryTransit

For more information, please contact Evan Del Duke at 703-993-6066 or via email at [email protected].

In the event of inclement weather, we will have a live feed and still hold the event.

Outrageous Acts of ScienceHow the Universe WorksSpace's Deepest SecretsStrange EvidenceYou Have Been WarnedStrip the Cosmos

#Physics #MondayMemories #MindfulMonday #Astronomy #Science #GMU
10/21/2019

#Physics #MondayMemories #MindfulMonday #Astronomy #Science #GMU

#Physics #MondayMemories #MindfulMonday #Astronomy #Science #GMU
10/14/2019

#Physics #MondayMemories #MindfulMonday #Astronomy #Science #GMU

Faculty and students collaborating with nearby national laboratoriesGraduate student Nishchal Magar explaining his data ...
10/10/2019

Faculty and students collaborating with nearby national laboratories

Graduate student Nishchal Magar explaining his data to collaborators from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Ghimire Lab.

In the picture from left: Dina Michel, Nishchal Magar, Dr. Jefferry Lynn and Dr. Rebecca Dally. Dina is an undergraduate physics major. Dr. Lynn is a NIST fellow and a team leader for condensed matter physics in the NIST center for neutron research and Dr. Dally is an NRC postdoctoral fellow at NIST.

#Science #Physics #ThursdayThoughts #ThursdayTheories

10/08/2019
Apollo 11 to New Horizons – Celebrating 50 Years of Mission SuccessCall for Abstracts!George Mason University’s College ...
08/06/2019

Apollo 11 to New Horizons – Celebrating 50 Years of Mission Success

Call for Abstracts!

George Mason University’s College of Science and Department of Physics & Astronomy have partnered with The International Space University to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. The event will be held on September 4, 2019, in the Johnson Center Cinema at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to present their research at a student poster session. The subject can be anything space-related, and is not limited to the Apollo program.

Please go to the following link for more information on how to submit an abstract: https://www.physics.gmu.edu/apollo-11-to-new-horizons-celebrating-50-years-of-mission-success/

#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason #physastrogmu #apollo11 #moonlanding

"On June 28, Ryan Pfeifle of George Mason University presented a set of eight previously unknown dual or triple AGN at t...
07/30/2019
Astronomers uncover hidden black holes in merging galaxies

"On June 28, Ryan Pfeifle of George Mason University presented a set of eight previously unknown dual or triple AGN at the annual meeting of the European Astronomical Society. "

http://www.astronomy.com/news/2019/06/astronomers-uncover-hidden-sets-of-black-holes-in-merging-galaxies

#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason #physastrogmu #blackholes

Astronomers looking at pairs or trios of merging galaxies in infrared and X-ray light have found that some of these mergers have "turned on" the supermassive black hole in the center of each galaxy,

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at George Mason University
07/19/2019

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at George Mason University

The Department of Physics & Astronomy invite all current and former students to make a video, sharing your unique story, and conveying why Mason, and our Department is/was the best choice for you to go to school!

Tell us your unique story. Be authentic. Be funny. Be creative. Highlight what Mason has to offer to prospective students. You can use animation and/or music. You have full creative freedom.

Your video can highlight Mason's:
• Programs and classes
• Diverse student body
• Excellent faculty/staff
• Career support services
• Student life
• Research you did while in our Department
• Some really cool physics you learned

Video requirements:
You can use any recording device - cell phone/video camera
Video must be less than 3 mins.
Video must NOT include copyrighted music/video footage. You are encouraged to use copyright-free music and video footage. Here are some resources:
http://www.stonewashed.net/free-music.html
https://pixabay.com/

Save your movie in .mpeg, .mov, .mp4 or .avi format. Send video via email to [email protected]. Deadline: 08/31/19

You could win big!
• 1st: $400
• 2nd: $300
• 3rd: $200
• People's Choice: $100

Videos will be judged on overall quality, creativity, how the message is conveyed and audience engagement. We will have a community video viewing party at the start of next semester.

Who Can Enter?
Any Mason undergraduate or graduate student or alumni of the Department!

#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason #physastrogmu #physastrogmuvideocontest

For the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing, the Washington Monument was made to look like a rocket. It was on ...
07/18/2019

For the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing, the Washington Monument was made to look like a rocket. It was on July 16, 1969 when Apollo 11 made “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Photo credit: jkayephotography

#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason #physastrogmu #apollo11

07/03/2019
Congrats to Assistant Professor Patrick Vora and his Graduate Researcher Jaydeep Joshi for their published paper!Short-r...
07/02/2019

Congrats to Assistant Professor Patrick Vora and his Graduate Researcher Jaydeep Joshi for their published paper!

Short-range charge density wave order in 2H-TaS2

Transition metal compounds belonging to group five of the periodic table exhibit exciting low-temperature physics such as superconductivity often accompanied by secondary transitions, particularly charge density waves (CDW). At normal temperatures, electronic charge is uniformly spread across the volume of the crystal, but undergoes a periodic wave like modulation once cooled down beyond a certain temperature. A direct outcome of this, are changes associated with crystal structure and atomic vibrations of the compound, characterized through Raman measurements. In collaboration with NIST at Maryland and University of Virginia, we have carried out optical measurements in the range of 4K-300K on a material (hexagonal-TaS2) that undergoes a CDW transition at 75 K, combined with theoretical DFT modelling to explain our observations. This study is one of the few complete works to understand subtle CDW phenomena in H-TaS2 from aspects of atomic rearrangement at low-temperature and delivers novel insights into its mechanism which has fairly remained underexplored in the scientific community.

https://journals.aps.org/prb/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevB.99.245144

#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason #physastrogmu

Graduate student Ryan Pfeifle discovered triple accreting black holes in a galaxy merger:http://ewass.kuoni-congress.inf...
06/27/2019
Astronomers discover eight buried dual AGN candidates – EWASS Press Releases

Graduate student Ryan Pfeifle discovered triple accreting black holes in a galaxy merger:

http://ewass.kuoni-congress.info/press/2019/06/26/astronomers-discover-eight-buried-dual-agn-candidates/

The authors include Prof. Shobita Satyapal, Prof Mario Gliozzi, and graduate student Jenna Cann.

Article:
https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2019ApJ...875..117P/abstract

#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason #physastrogmu

27 June 2019 Astronomers discover eight buried dual AGN candidates Astronomers discovered eight buried dual AGN candidates, the largest sample of hidden accreting supermassive black holes in late stage galaxy mergers, selected using NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescop...

Women in Engineering Empowerment Scholarship 2019Tacuna Systems will be rewarding $1000 to one female engineering studen...
06/26/2019
Women in Engineering Empowerment Scholarship 2019 - Tacuna Systems

Women in Engineering Empowerment Scholarship 2019

Tacuna Systems will be rewarding $1000 to one female engineering student in the US or Canada at the end of each year as part of our "Engineering Empowerment Scholarship".

The aim is to get female students to think about ideas on how to improve representation for females in STEM subjects.

https://tacunasystems.com/stem-scholarship-2019/

#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason #physastrogmu #scholorships

Women are under-represented in STEM fields. Tacuna Systems are excited to announce our annual “Women in Engineering Empowerment Scholarship” for 2019.

This post is a bit late, but we want to congratulate Jenna Cann on receiving the Dean’s Graduate Award for Excellence! T...
06/04/2019

This post is a bit late, but we want to congratulate Jenna Cann on receiving the Dean’s Graduate Award for Excellence! This award recognizes excellence by a graduate student in the College of Science for the 2018 – 2019 academic year.

#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason #physastrogmu

The Department of Physics & Astronomy invite all current and former students to make a video, sharing your unique story,...
06/04/2019

The Department of Physics & Astronomy invite all current and former students to make a video, sharing your unique story, and conveying why Mason, and our Department is/was the best choice for you to go to school!

Tell us your unique story. Be authentic. Be funny. Be creative. Highlight what Mason has to offer to prospective students. You can use animation and/or music. You have full creative freedom.

Your video can highlight Mason's:
• Programs and classes
• Diverse student body
• Excellent faculty/staff
• Career support services
• Student life
• Research you did while in our Department
• Some really cool physics you learned

Video requirements:
You can use any recording device - cell phone/video camera
Video must be less than 3 mins.
Video must NOT include copyrighted music/video footage. You are encouraged to use copyright-free music and video footage. Here are some resources:
http://www.stonewashed.net/free-music.html
https://pixabay.com/

Save your movie in .mpeg, .mov, .mp4 or .avi format. Send video via email to [email protected]. Deadline: 08/31/19

You could win big!
• 1st: $400
• 2nd: $300
• 3rd: $200
• People's Choice: $100

Videos will be judged on overall quality, creativity, how the message is conveyed and audience engagement. We will have a community video viewing party at the start of next semester.

Who Can Enter?
Any Mason undergraduate or graduate student or alumni of the Department!

#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason #physastrogmu #physastrogmuvideocontest

Congratulations to Ben Concepcion for the prestigious Goldwater Fellowship!  Goldwater is one of the oldest and most pre...
06/04/2019

Congratulations to Ben Concepcion for the prestigious Goldwater Fellowship! Goldwater is one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States. Scholars have impressive academic and research credentials. Good job Ben!

#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason #physastrogmu #Goldwater

The Department of Physics & Astronomy will be closed Monday, May 27th.Have a safe weekend!
05/24/2019

The Department of Physics & Astronomy will be closed Monday, May 27th.

Have a safe weekend!

Congratulations to our 2019 graduates! We are proud of all of your hard work. We wish you the best in your future endeav...
05/15/2019

Congratulations to our 2019 graduates! We are proud of all of your hard work. We wish you the best in your future endeavors!

#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason #physastrogmu

TOMORROW! The Department of Physics & Astronomy Graduation Celebration and Award CeremonyDate: Wednesday, May 15, 2019Ti...
05/14/2019

TOMORROW! The Department of Physics & Astronomy Graduation Celebration and Award Ceremony

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Time: 10:00am to 11:30am (Awards presented at 10:30am)
Where: Exploratory Hall, Room 3301
Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP to [email protected].
Family and friends are welcome!

Come celebrate the end of a great Academic Year and congratulate our awardees!

#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason #physastrogmu

Imagined Life: A Speculative Scientific Journey among the Exoplanets in Search of Intelligent Aliens, Ice Creatures, and...
05/13/2019
Imagined Life: A Speculative Scientific Journey among the Exoplanets in Search of Intelligent Aliens, Ice Creatures, and Supergravity Animals

Imagined Life: A Speculative Scientific Journey among the Exoplanets in Search of Intelligent Aliens, Ice Creatures, and Supergravity Animals

The captivating possibilities of extraterrestrial life on exoplanets, based on current scientific knowledge of existing worlds and forms of lifeIt is now known that we live in a galaxy with more planets than stars. The Milky Way alone encompasses 30 trillion potential home planets. Scientists Tre...

#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason #physastrogmu
05/08/2019

#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason #physastrogmu

The Department of Physics & Astronomy Graduation Celebration and Award CeremonyDate: Wednesday, May 15, 2019Time: 10:00a...
05/07/2019

The Department of Physics & Astronomy Graduation Celebration and Award Ceremony

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Time: 10:00am to 11:30am (Awards presented at 10:30am)
Where: Exploratory Hall, Room 3301
Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP by May 10th to [email protected].
Family and friends are welcome!

#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason #physastrogmu

We welcome you to a meet-and-greet for our Department! Come discover interesting research topics and meet students and f...
05/01/2019

We welcome you to a meet-and-greet for our Department! Come discover interesting research topics and meet students and faculty!!

TOMORROW! May 2nd, 3pm-4pm
Exploratory Hall, Room 3301
FREE PIZZA & T-SHIRTS

#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason #physastrogmu

We welcome you to a meet-and-greet for our Department! Come discover interesting research topics and meet students and f...
04/26/2019

We welcome you to a meet-and-greet for our Department! Come discover interesting research topics and meet students and faculty!!

May 2nd, 3pm-4pm
Exploratory Hall, Room 3301
FREE PIZZA & T-SHIRTS

#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason #physastrogmu

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George Mason University, Planetary Hall, Room 203, 4400 University Drive, MSN 3F3
Fairfax, VA
22030

General information

Our faculty is deeply committed to encouraging students to engage in research on the frontiers of knowledge. We offer a PhD in Physics, MS in Applied & Engineering Physics and Undergraduate degrees in Physics and Astronomy.

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Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(703) 993-1280

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