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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.

This post is a bit late, but we want to congratulate Jenna Cann on receiving the Dean’s Graduate Award for Excellence!...
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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

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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

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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

Assistant Professor Erdal Yigit and his student Mario Autore at the College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium...
04/26/2019

Assistant Professor Erdal Yigit and his student Mario Autore at the College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium on Thursday, April 25th. The College of Science and STEM Accelerator had undergraduates showcase their research projects. Way to go Mario!

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We welcome you to a meet-and-greet for our Department! Come discover interesting research topics and meet students and f...
04/24/2019

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

The Department of Physics & Astronomy Graduation Celebrationand Award CeremonyDate: Wednesday, May 15, 2019Time: 10:00am...
04/22/2019

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

Dr. Peter Plavchan took his ASTR 124 class in Friends of the Observatory to Green Bank observatory in Green Bank, West V...
04/19/2019

Dr. Peter Plavchan took his ASTR 124 class in Friends of the Observatory to Green Bank observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia. The Green Bank telescope is the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope!

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Dr. Michael Summers, Physics Professor, and Dr. James Trefil, Robinson Professor and Affiliate with Physics, will have t...
04/17/2019
Imagined Life: A Speculative Scientific Journey among the Exoplanets in Search of Intelligent Aliens, Ice Creatures, and Supergravity Animals

Dr. Michael Summers, Physics Professor, and Dr. James Trefil, Robinson Professor and Affiliate with Physics, will have their book released September 17th!

"Scientists Trefil and Summers bring readers on a marvelous experimental voyage through the possibilities of life--unlike anything we have experienced so far--that could exist on planets outside our own solar system."

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1588346641/?coliid=IGRSVU46LFHKQ&colid=8JPEO1B0AC5H&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

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

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...

National Geographic
04/10/2019
National Geographic

National Geographic

Using a telescope the size of the planet, astronomers have captured the first image of a black hole. Here's why that matters.

Congratulations to Sam Yee, Physics Undergraduate, for being awarded the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program summer ...
04/10/2019

Congratulations to Sam Yee, Physics Undergraduate, for being awarded the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program summer award. Sam will be working with Dr. Patrick Vora in the Vora Lab.

Application Title: Alloy and Strain Dependent Characterization of ZrS2, ZrSe2, and ZrSxSe2-x for Photonic Utilization

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This Friday! Physics & Astronomy Colloquium3:00pm, Planetary Hall Room 129Large deviations, rain showers and planet form...
04/08/2019

This Friday! Physics & Astronomy Colloquium
3:00pm, Planetary Hall Room 129

Large deviations, rain showers and planet formation
Michael Wilkinson
Open University

Refreshments before talk between 2:30pm- 3:00pm, Planetary Hall Room 263

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Natasha Latouf, undergraduate with the Department of Physics & Astronomy, gave a competitively selected contributed talk...
04/02/2019

Natasha Latouf, undergraduate with the Department of Physics & Astronomy, gave a competitively selected contributed talk, 'Effects of Tellurics in Precise Radial Velocities and Effectiveness of Mitigation Strategies,' at the Extreme Precise Radial Velocities IV conference in Switzerland. Natasha was one of two undergraduates in attendance.

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Tonight's talk at The Observatory#CollegeofScience #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Astronomy #Physics #MasonScience #GeorgeMason...
04/01/2019

Tonight's talk at The Observatory

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The Department of Physics & Astronomy's Dr. Peter Plavchan recently completed a two year NASA mission concept study, lea...
04/01/2019

The Department of Physics & Astronomy's Dr. Peter Plavchan recently completed a two year NASA mission concept study, leading a team of over 50 international scientists to evaluate the scientific rationale for a new kind of NASA astrophysics mission called EarthFinder.

The EarthFinder probe-class NASA mission concept will survey the nearest Sun-like stars using the Doppler technique to detect Earth-mass planets orbiting in the habitable "Goldilocks" zone of their stars. The Doppler technique is traditionally used from ground-based telescopes with spectrographs to measure the velocities of stars to infer the presence of planets in orbit around them, and several hundred Jupiter and Neptune-mass planets have been found to orbit other stars over the past 25 years using this technique. However, detecting Earth-mass planets orbiting Sun-like stars with the Doppler technique has proven elusive from the ground due to the effects of the Earths atmosphere and other limitations. EarthFinder is a paradigm-shifting mission concept that lets us use the Doppler technique in space, free of these limitations.

The mission concept has been submitted to NASA Headquarters and will be submitted to the National Academies for review as the US Astrophysics community prepares to rank scientific priorities for the 2020s from the ground and in space. In the 2020s, Dr. Plavchan will propose the next steps of developing the mission concept for a possible future selection, construction and launch.

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This Friday! Physics & Astronomy Colloquium3:00pm, Planetary Hall Room 129Revealing Luminous AGN through the Stripe 82X ...
04/01/2019

This Friday! Physics & Astronomy Colloquium
3:00pm, Planetary Hall Room 129

Revealing Luminous AGN through the Stripe 82X Survey
Steph LaMassa
Space Telescope Science Institute

Refreshments before talk between 2:30pm-3:00pm,Planetary Hall Room 263

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This Friday! Physics & Astronomy Colloquium3:00pm, Planetary Hall Room 129Multiferroics: Coupled Magnetism-Ferroelectric...
03/27/2019

This Friday! Physics & Astronomy Colloquium
3:00pm, Planetary Hall Room 129

Multiferroics: Coupled Magnetism-Ferroelectricity, Molecular Magnets, and Skyrmions

Jeff Lynn
NIST

Refreshments before talk between 2:30pm-3:00pm,Planetary Hall Room 263

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Congratulations to our Assistant Professor, Dr. Patrick Vora, for receiving the NSF Early Career Development Award! The ...
03/22/2019

Congratulations to our Assistant Professor, Dr. Patrick Vora, for receiving the NSF Early Career Development Award! The NSF Early Career Development Award is a very prestigious award for young faculty members.

"The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization."

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/no-bribery-needed-to-go-to-george-mason-a-university-of-strivers-not-schemers/2019/...
03/15/2019
Perspective | No bribery needed to go to George Mason, a university of strivers, not schemers

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/no-bribery-needed-to-go-to-george-mason-a-university-of-strivers-not-schemers/2019/03/14/823c9e30-463c-11e9-90f0-0ccfeec87a61_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f952bfb1406d

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The admissions scandal looks especially absurd to students attending this affordable and diverse state university in Northern Virginia. Here’s why.

Today, a piece of the Department's heart is at the Rainbow Bridge. Dr. Patrick Vora had to say goodbye to our favorite G...
03/13/2019

Today, a piece of the Department's heart is at the Rainbow Bridge. Dr. Patrick Vora had to say goodbye to our favorite Good Boy, Toby.

Toby was part of our Department, always brightening everyone's day. We will miss his office visits for belly rubs, his bouncing ears down the hallways and his attentive seminar attendance. Unknowingly to Toby, he was our therapy dog. He always brought joy, comfort and smiles.

If you will like to honor Toby’s memory, please donate to the Friend’s of Homeless Animals, the rescue organization that Patrick adopted him from: http://foha.org/

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at George Mason University
03/11/2019

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at George Mason University

Professor of Planetary Science and New Horizons Pluto Mission Co-Investigator, Dr. Michael Summers, spoke at The Departm...
03/11/2019

Professor of Planetary Science and New Horizons Pluto Mission Co-Investigator, Dr. Michael Summers, spoke at The Department of Physics & Astronomy Seminar on Friday, March 8th:

Ultima Thule: A Window on the Early Solar System

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Tonight!
03/08/2019

Tonight!

THIS Friday: Graduate Student Happy Hour and Movie (Captain Marvel)

Happy Hour at 4:30pm: Crafthouse, Fairfax Corner, 11861 Palace Way, Fairfax, VA 22030

Movie: Captain Marvel, 6:05pm
Cinemark Fairfax Corner 14 & XD, 11900 Palace Way, Fairfax, VA 22030
Make sure to book your ticket in advance!

More information please email Ryan Pfeifle ([email protected])

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THIS Friday: Graduate Student Happy Hour and Movie (Captain Marvel)Happy Hour at 4:30pm: Crafthouse, Fairfax Corner, 118...
03/05/2019

THIS Friday: Graduate Student Happy Hour and Movie (Captain Marvel)

Happy Hour at 4:30pm: Crafthouse, Fairfax Corner, 11861 Palace Way, Fairfax, VA 22030

Movie: Captain Marvel, 6:05pm
Cinemark Fairfax Corner 14 & XD, 11900 Palace Way, Fairfax, VA 22030
Make sure to book your ticket in advance!

More information please email Ryan Pfeifle ([email protected])

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

In conjunction with this week's Physics & Astronomy Colloquium, we will have a film screening of the documentary "Black ...
02/26/2019
Black Suns: An Astrophysics Adventure (2017)

In conjunction with this week's Physics & Astronomy Colloquium, we will have a film screening of the documentary "Black Suns." https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3147834/

THIS Friday, 03/01, 11am, EXPL 3301

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Directed by Kelvin Z. Phillips. With Jarita Holbrook, Hakeem Oluseyi, Alphonse Sterling, Alphonse Sterling. BLACK SUNS: AN ASTROPHYSICS ADVENTURE is a documentary about chasing eclipses and science dreams. It chronicles the lives of two globetrotting African American astrophysicists, Dr. Alphonse St...

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium SeriesAstrophysics & DiscriminationJC Holbrook, PhDUniversity of Western CapeTHIS Friday ...
02/26/2019

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium Series

Astrophysics & Discrimination
JC Holbrook, PhD
University of Western Cape

THIS Friday March 1, 2019, 3pm-4pm
Planetary Hall 129
Refreshments: 2:30pm-3:00pm, Planetary Hall 263

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Dr. Yi-Shen Lin is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. His main research interests are i...
02/08/2019

Dr. Yi-Shen Lin is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. His main research interests are in the field of computational condensed matter physics with focus on electronic structure computation based on density functional theory (DFT) and development of interatomic potentials and their application. Dr. Lin has several publications over various aspects of condensed matter physics with emphasis on metallic systems. These include understanding the relation of the electronic structure and deformation properties of a variety of B2 compounds, development of interatomic potential for various BCC transition metals, including technologically important Fe, and study of dislocations behaviors in these BCC metals. Dr. Lin has given several talks regarding his works at many international conferences. He is currently working with Dr. Yuri Mishin’s group.

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