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FIREBall moon

Hoadley awarded grant for FIREBall-2 mission

Keri Hoadley, assistant professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa, recently won a $99,880 award from the California Institute of Technology to continue her work on the Faint Intergalactic-medium Redshifted Emission Balloon (FIREBall-2) mission.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Nuclear and Particle Physics Seminar - Professor Wayne Polyzou

Monday, October 18, 2021 2:30pm to 3:20pm
Virtual
Relativistic QCD motivated string-breaking model of hadronic structure and dynamics Professor Wayne Polyzou Nuclear and Particle Physics Seminar Monday, October 18, 2021 2:30 PM Zoom: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/98978729962 (no in person) Abstract: While lattice models of QCD do a good job of predicting properties of hadrons, they are not computationally efficient and require heroic efforts to apply them to hadronic reactions.  One area where lattice models have already proved to be valuable…

Operator Theory Seminar - Professor Konstantin Slutsky

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Virtual
L1 full groups of flows Professor Konstantin Slutsky; Iowa State University Abstract: It has been proved by Foreman, Rudolph, and Weiss that classification of measure-preserving transformations up to conjugation is an infeasible task.  Long before the descriptive set theoretical viewpoint allowed for estimating the complexity of this classification problem, ergodic theorists shifted their attention to weaker forms of equivalence. The paramount idea here belongs to Dye, who introduced the…

Math Physics Seminar - Professor Wayne Polyzou

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 2:30pm to 3:20pm
Virtual
A non-perturbative discussion about the relation between instant and front-form quantum field theory, their vacua, and spontaneous symmetry breaking. Professor Wayne Polyzou   Abstract: Quantum field theory on a light front has a number of interesting properties.  Among these are the vacuum is niavely trivial, spontaneous symmetry breaking must be realized in a very different way than t is realized in instant form quantum field theory, and there are questions about the equivalence of the two…
Physics & Astronomy Colloquium - Dr. Elizabeth Paul; Princeton University promotional image

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium - Dr. Elizabeth Paul; Princeton University

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Van Allen Hall
A review of the stellarator concept: from Spitzer to W7-X Dr. Elizabeth J. Paul; Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University A stellarator confines plasma using non-axisymmetric magnetic  fields for fusion energy sciences as well as the study of non-neutral and pair plasmas. This concept provides a promising route to steady-state fusion energy, given its ability to operate without driving a large current in the plasma. While the stellarator was invented 70 years ago by Lyman…
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Research 1: Doctoral Universities
Research Activity
(Carnegie Classification)

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3600

Students taught in introductory courses per year (2015-2019)

153

Undergraduate Physics and Astronomy Majors

69

Graduate Students in Physics and Astronomy

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