Montana State University

Department of Physics

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173840
Bozeman, MT 59717-3840

Tel: (406) 994-3614
Fax: (406) 994-4452
Location: EPS building, Room 264

Department Head:
Prof. Yves Idzerda

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Department of Physics

 Next colloquium, Sept. 19th 2014:
Dr. Guillaume Gervais, McGill University, Montreal.
"Luttinger Liquid (1D) and Berry Phase (2D) in Cuprate Superconductors"

 Congratulations to Dr. Kent Yagi who was awarded a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton with Prof. Frans Pretorius by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), starting August 2015. This is one of the most prestigious Japanese postdoctoral fellowships available (over 200 applicants every year)
Yves Idzerda 08/12/2014

 Congratulations to two of our majors: Each year the MSU Alumni Association and the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce recognize top seniors at MSU with their Award for Excellence. Let's all congratulate two physics undergraduates for being selected this year. They are (along with their mentors): Warren Colomb, Physics (Randy Babbitt, Physics/Spectrum Lab/OPTEC Center) and Brett Green, Mathematics & Physics (Warren Esty, Mathematical Sciences and Nico Yunes, Physics)
Yves Idzerda 02/18/2013
 Prof. Neil Cornish has been selected to serve on the Editorial Board of Physical Review D, the main journal for publications concerned with gravity
Yves Idzerda 02/12/2013
 Prof. Yves Idzerda will be the moderator for a panel discussion entitled "U.S. National User Facilities: A Major Force for Discovery and Innovation" at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) in Chicago, IL from Feb. 13-17. Panelists include: Patricia Dehmer, Deputy Director for Science Programs in the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) F. Fleming Crim, the assistant director for the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Eric Isaacs, Director of Argonne National Laboratory Roger Falcone, Director of the Advanced Light Source, Berkeley Lab Stephen Wasserman, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Translational Science & Technologies for Eli Lilly and Company Eric Gawiser, Co-Chair of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) science collaboration on Large-Scale Structure from Rutgers University
Yves Idzerda 02/12/2013
 MSU joins worldwide effort to better understand the sun
January 28, 2014 -- By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service

Welcome to the Department of Physics website!

"Our department is committed to education and research in physics, the study of the fundamental universal laws that govern the behavior of matter and energy, and the exploration of the consequences and applications of those laws.

Our department is widely known for its excellent teaching and student mentoring. Our department plays an important role in the university’s Core Curriculum. We have strong academic programs with several options for undergraduate physics majors, leading to the B.S. degree, as well as graduate curricula leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Our research groups span a variety of fields within physics. Our principal concentrations are in Astrophysics, Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology, Condensed Matter Physics, Lasers and Optics, Physics Education, Solar Physics, and the Space Science and Engineering Lab.

Numerous outreach activities carry physics to K-12 teachers, classrooms, and the general public. NASA’s Montana Space Grant Consortium is hosted by the Physics Department.

Student involvement is central to all of our education, research, and outreach activities in Physics at MSU.

The accomplishments of our teaching, research, and outreach programs are a tribute to the extraordinary efforts of the faculty, research staff, graduate and undergraduate students, backed up by an outstanding and highly motivated support staff.

We offer an invigorating intellectual environment in a geographic area of unsurpassed physical beauty. Consider joining us for a visit, for a summer, a degree program, or a career!"

Dr. Yves Idzerda
Head, Department of Physics
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