We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Yves Idzerda as the new Head in the Department of Physics, effective October 1. Dr. Idzerda has been a faculty member at MSU since 2000, and served as the Associate Director of the Center for Bioinspired Nanomaterials from 2004 to 2009. He is an international leader in his research field for his pioneering work on soft x-ray studies of magnetic materials. Dr. Idzerda has an impressive publication record and was elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2008. He has received several of MSU's most prestigious faculty awards, including the Charles and Nora L. Wiley Award for Meritorious Research and Creativity in 2003 and the Cox Family Faculty Excellence Award in 2007. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Idzerda on his new appointment.
Nicole Rae, Dean, CLS, 10/07/13


Hutcheson fellows join MSU's new science and engineering management program.
As a recent graduate from the Montana State University Department of Physics, David Walsh was enthralled with researching rare earth crystals in the often dimly lighted optics lab of professor Rufus Cone. Read more...


A Sept. 21 festival to celebrate science and engineering will have people trying to break a Guinness world record for the largest astronomy lesson ever! Read more...


Follow the BOREALIS high altitude balloon flight.


Nico Yunes and Kent Yagi have their paper "I-Love-Q: Unexpected Universal Relations for Neutron Stars and Quark Stars" published in Science. Read more...
July 25, 2013


Henry "Trae" Winter, Ph.D. (2009) student with Piet Martens and current astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, was one of three researchers whose work was featured during a video briefing at the SPD meeting at MSU on July 9.


Solar scientists to gather July 8-11 at MSU, public can attend lecture on explosive sun


Congratulations, Charles and the entire IRIS team!

The Pegasus rocket successfully launched IRIS into orbit yesterday!
Dick Smith 06/28/13


IRIS Launch Latest...
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Why does Einstein still matter?
(Spring 2013 Mountains and Minds Magazine)


Congratulations to Nico Yunes on his recently announced NSF CAREER award for young investigators. Read more...
Dick Smith 05/16/13


Congratulations to the following Physics majors making the President's list and the Dean's list for the Spring 2013 semester...
Dick Smith 05/31/13


Courtney Peck a Physics graduate, MSGC alum and University of Colorado-Boulder graduate student is starting an amazing adventure in Sweden. Courtney is monitoring the second flight of the NASA/Max Plank Institute Sunrise instrument from the ground. Sunrise is a 1m balloon-borne solar imaging system analyzing solar convection, dynamics, and magnetic fields at around 100km resolution. Courtney said, "Obviously, BOREALIS and MSGC were extensively helpful throughout my undergraduate [career] in getting me to a place where I have incredible opportunities such as this one."
Follow Courtney's adventures here...
Dick Smith 05/31/13


Congratulations to Nico Yunes on his recently announced NSF CAREER award for young investigators. Read more...
Dick Smith 05/16/13


Angela DesJardins and Nico Yunes have been selected for the designation of College of Letters & Science Fellows in Engagement for 2013-14. These appointments are in connection with the MSU Year of Engaged Leadership. Both will be pursuing activities that engage with the community during the 13-14 AY, and will give a public presentation at some point in the year. These awards recognize in part the very significant contributions that Nico (Celebrate Einstein) and Angela (E/PO through MSGC) have made and will continue to pursue in our mission to communicate science to the public. Congratulations, Nico and Angela, and thank you for your tremendous efforts in outreach to our supporters.
Dick Smith 05/16/13


The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph spacecraft, or IRIS, is being prepared for a June launch. IRIS is outfitted with an ultraviolet telescope and spectrograph to help scientists understand the interface region between the sun's photosphere and corona. The group of Charles Kankelborg at MSU is a part of the IRIS team that has developed the telescope.
More information...
Dick Smith 04/30/13


Three Bozeman companies have been selected recently for awards through the NASA SBIR and SBIR Select Phase I program. Anasphere is an MSGC Affiliate and MSGC and Physics students have worked there as well as at AdvR and Bridger Photonics. These awards keep Montana among the higher achieving companies for NASA SBIR/STTR awards. The companies and project titles are:
Bridger Photonics, Inc.Compact, Rugged and Low-Cost Atmospheric Ozone DIAL Transmitter
Anasphere, Inc.Droplet-Sizing Liquid Water Content Sensor  
ADVR, Inc.  Iodine Stabilized Seed Laser for Space Applications
Dick Smith 04/30/13


Congratulations to all our award winners for 2013!

Dick Smith 04/30/13


Upcoming Celebrate Einstein centennial brings together scientists and artists to exalt in discovery.
Visit the MSU Celebrating Einstein Website
Dick Smith 03/14/13


Anton Vorontsov, an assistant professor of physics at Montana State University, was named a 2013 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA). The award was based on Vorontsov's innovative research and passion for teaching. Read more...
Dick Smith 03/08/13


More CubeSats from SSEL
Dave Klumpar and the SSEL team have received the great news that two more CubeSat proposals have been selected by NASA and prioritized for launch manifesting. They are the "Focused Investigations of Relativistic Electron burst Intensity, Range, and Dynamics II (FIREBIRD- II)" and the "SpaceBuoy/SPINS 3U Space Weather CubeSat". These missions are intended to demonstrate viable launch opportunities for CubeSat payloads in the next three years as auxiliary payloads on planned NASA missions. These two proposals ranked number 4 and number 6 out of 24 selected proposals. Read more...
More information from NASA here...

Dick Smith 02/28/13


As a kick-off to the "Celebrating Einstein" event, this Friday Feb 22nd at 7pm, Nico Yunes will be giving a public talk on Einstein's legacy at the Museum of the Rockies.
More information here...


We are extremely proud to announce that Professor Richard Canfield is the recipient of the 2013 Hale Prize.  The Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society awards this honorary prize, in memory of George Ellery Hale, to a scientist for outstanding contributions over an extended period of time to the field of solar astronomy.  Prof. Canfield has indeed made seminal contributions to the study of the Sun, of a remarkably broad scope, as reflected in the numerous letters written in support of his nomination.  Please join the Solar Group in congratulating Dick Canfield on this extraordinary honor! Past winners affiliated with our department include:
Loren W. Acton, 2000; Eric R. Priest, 2002

See the MSU news item here...
More info about the Hale prize can be found at http://spd.aas.org/navbar_prizes.html
and more info on Prof. Canfield can be seen here.

Dick Smith 01/14/13



Kent Yagi, Nicolas Yunes, and Takahiro Tanaka said farewell to 2012 with a publication in the December 23, 2012 issue of Physical Review Letters. Congratulations!
Title: "GravitationalWaves from Quasicircular Black-Hole Binaries in Dynamical Chern-Simons Gravity"
Abstract: Dynamical Chern-Simons gravity cannot be strongly constrained with current experiments because it reduces to general relativity in the weak-field limit. This theory, however, introduces modifications in the nonlinear, dynamical regime, and thus it could be greatly constrained with gravitational waves from the late inspiral of black-hole binaries. We complete the first self-consistent calculation of such gravitational waves in this theory. For favorable spin orientations, advanced ground-based detectors may improve existing solar system constraints by 6 orders of magnitude. http://prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v109/i25/e251105
Dick Smith 01/08/13


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