News & Highlights
August 24, 2018
Physics major Jacob Fry received funding from the UNC Office of Undergraduate Research for his summer research with Prof. Sung. Jacob has been looking at a variety of shark tooth samples to differentiate imaging capabilities and limitations between AFM (Atomic Force Microscopy) and SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy), as well as developing a new pedagogical approach of introducing nanoscience research into undergraduate curriculum.
February 1, 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Semak! He was awarded the Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year Award at the NHS Excellence Awards Ceremony.
October 21, 2017
UNC Physics presented three talks and four posters at the APS Four Corners Section Annual Meeting held at CSU:
Doing Research with Undergraduates in a Bachelor's-only Physics and Astronomy Department: Challenges and Successes (Dr. Semak), Ionization Dynamics in Intense Bicircular Laser Fields (Dr. Chaloupka), Thermodynamic Studies of Phase Transitions in Inflationary Cosmology (Dr. Mallory), Measuring Atmospheric Muon Flux during the 2017 Solar Eclipse (Fender, Ringler, Morse), Electroencephalography and the Mechanical Operation of an Exoskeletal Arm (Helms, Zadina), Postural Control: A Sample Entropy Approach to One-Legged Stance (McMillan), Biomimicry: Designing and Building a Multilegged Robot (Sweitzer).
August 2, 2017
UNC Physics teamed up with CU-Boulder, publishing their recent work on "Observation of Ionization Enhancement in Two-Color Circularly Polarized Laser Fields" in Physical Review A.
March 26, 2017
Congratulations to the Physics & Astronomy Academic Scholar Award winners, seen here with Professor Matt Semak at the NHS College event. (top, L-R): Semak, William Mendoza, Ryan Fabian, Arick Sweitzer, (bottom, L-R): Alexandra Briggs, Kourteney Zadina, and Zachary Rossiter.
April 29, 2017
UNC Physics was well represented at the Colorado-Wyoming Section Meeting of the AAPT, where students presented FIVE posters:
Biomimicry: Design and Construction of a Mulitlegged Robot (Sweitzer), Investigating the Impact of a Solar Eclipse on Atmospheric Radiation (Fender, Ringler, Morse, Angstead), Postural Control: A Sample Entropy Approach to One-Legged Stance (McMillan, Semak, Heise), Electroencephalograpy and the Mechanical Operation of an Exoskeletal Arm (Helms, Zadina), Psychoacoustics: Understanding Sonic Intelligibility (Briggs)
April 15, 2017
UNC Physics & Astronomy students Ryan Angstead, Cody Helms, Arick Sweitzer, and Brandon Williams participated in the 2017 COSGC Robotics Challenge at the Great Sand Dunes National Park on April 15. Check out the video for footage of Arick's award winning multi-legged robot!
UNC Physics & Astronomy presented five posters at UNC Research Day, on topics of processing power in robotic rovers, control of exoskeletal arms, biomimicry in robotics, solar eclipse research, and entropy analysis of postural control.
February 17, 2017
Congratulations to Zach Armstrong (UNC Physics Alumn and Greeley West high school science teacher) for being named one of nine nationwide PhysTEC teachers of the year!
January 6, 2017
UNC Physics presented their work on "Postural Control: A Study of One-Legged Stance" at the Dynamics Days 2017 conference held in Silver Spring, MD.
December 10, 2016
Congrats to our Fall 2016 UNC Physics grads (L-R): Derek Bernard, Veronica Buchanan, Shelby Burns, Carolyn Shaw (Math), Stefan Lamb.
October 21, 2016
UNC Physics presented work on "Ionization dynamics in intense two-color circularly polarized laser fields" and "Surface profilometry using vortex beams" at the OSA Frontiers in Optics conference in Rochester, NY.
September 21, 2016
UNC Physics teamed up with CU-Boulder, publishing their recent work on Controlling Nonsequential Double Ionization in Two-Color Circularly Polarized Femtosecond Laser Fields in Physical Review Letters.
August 22, 2016
UNC Physics welcomes new faculty member Ansel Foxley!
July 25, 2016
UNC Physics presented their work on "Can a Nonverbal Intelligence Test Predict FCI Performance" at the AAPT Summer Meeting in Sacramento, CA.
July 13, 2016
UNC Physics presented their work on "RR Lyrae Stars in M4" at the Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium Conference held in the Azores.
May 7, 2016
Congratulations to our UNC Physics & Astronomy Grads! Among those at the May 7 commencement ceremony: Chad Garcia, Grant Harris, Lauren Hoots, Casey Montoya, Patrick Morales-Mendoza, JJ Peek, and Matt Svetic!
May 4, 2016
UNC Physics and Philosophy double major Alex Lidiak profiled on UNC website.
April 17, 2016
Congratulations to the 2016 Physics & Astronomy Academic Scholar Award winners: Derek Bernard, Brad Holmes, Phakawat Manusnon (top, L-R) and Veronica Buchanan, Margaret Hodge, Lauren Hoots (bottom, L-R).
April 9, 2016
UNC Physics participated in a successful DemoSat balloon launch. Members of the team include Ryan Angstead, JJ Peek, Mike Nuzum, Alexandra Briggs, Arick Sweitzer, and Taylor McMillan (L-R).
UNC Physics published their work on the Dynamics of Strong-Field Double Ionization in Two-Color Counterrotating Fields in Physical Review Letters.
December 16, 2015
UNC Physics article "Can students learn from PhET Sims at home, alone?" published in the 2015 PERC (Physics Education Research Conference) Proceedings.
November 1, 2015
UNC Physics article "Sparking Curiosity: How Do You Know What Your Students Are Thinking?" published in The Physics Teacher.
May 9, 2015
Two of our happy graduates at commencement: Donovan Anderson (L) and Amber Bekkali (and proud dad!) (R). Also present: Lee Ismay, Kyle Nachbar, Casey Rogers, Anthony Saccomanno, Graham Stringert, Derek Weigle, and John Wood.
April 18, 2015
UNC Physics students presented their research at the Colorado Space Grant Symposium held in Boulder, CO. Clockwise from upper left: JJ Peek & Graham Stringert, Lee Ismay, Jeremiah Schwartz, Lee explaining his work.
April 12, 2015
Congratulations to the 2015 Academic Scholar Award winners: Alex Lidiak, Amber Bekkali, Patrick Morales-Mendoza (L-R top), Taylor Plantt, Steven Rutherford (L-R bottom), and Anthony Saccomanno (not pictured).
April 11, 2015
UNC Physics students Donovan Anderson, Amber Bekkali, and Ryan Fabian participated in a successful DemoSat balloon launch.
April 11, 2015
UNC Physics presented their work on Supercontinuum Optical Vortices at the Colorado Ultrafast Photonics Initiative (CUPhI) workshop held in Granby, CO.
April 4, 2015
UNC Physics students JJ Peek, Anthony Saccomanno, and Graham Stringert participated in the NASA Colorado Space Grant Consortium Robotics Challenge at the Great Sand Dunes National Park.
January 18, 2015
Maggie Hodge (L) and Amber Bekkali (R) attended the 2015 APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at UT-Brownsville.
October 22, 2014
UNC Physics presented their work on Color Schlieren Imaging with Monochromatic Sources at the 2014 OSA Frontiers in Optics conference in Tucson, AZ.
October 9, 2014
UNC Physics major Zach Hafen presented his work on modeling balance with stochastic processes at the Colorado Space Grant Symposium at CU-Boulder.
July 26, 2014
May 10, 2014
Congratulations to the 2014 UNC Physics graduates: Ben Carlson, Steve Champion, Zach Daubert, David Garrett, Eric Gregg, Zach Hafen, Marius Herlea Jr, Sean Higgins, Tim O'Neill, Michael Schmidtbauer, Jeremiah Schwartz, Danny Thistle, and Josh Wadle.
April 7, 2014
UNC Physics was well represented at the Colorado Space Grant Consortium Robotics Challenge held April 5 at the Great Sand Dunes. Graham Stringert, David Garrett, JJ Peek and Anthony Saccomanno piloted their rover across challenging terrain.
March 30, 2014
Congratulations to the 2014 Physics Academic Scholar Award winners: Danny Thistle, Zach Hafen, Lee Ismay (top, L-R), Marius Herlea Jr, Casey Rogers (bottom, L-R).
March 28, 2014
UNC Physics published their work on color schlieren imaging with a two-path, double knife edge system in the journal Optics Express. The work was carried out by Dr. Chaloupka and Maurice Woods and Danny Thistle (UNC Physics undergrads) and Jacob Aas and Jessamyn Hutchins (FSI high school students).