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Secret Lives of Middle-Aged Stars Topic for Hybrid Oxford Science Cafe

Delta State professor to discuss life cycles, magnetism during Feb. 15 in-person/virtual event February 11, 2022 By Edwin B. Smith The life cycles and magnetism of stars is the topic for a hybrid Oxford Science Café scheduled for Tuesday (Feb. 15) and organized by University of Mississippi physics and astronomy faculty researchers. The program will be […]


Physics Undergraduate Spotlight: Matthew Mestayer

Matthew Mestayer, a physics major from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, in his junior year at the University of Mississippi, He is working with Jake Bennett, an experimental elementary particle physicist and assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and presented his research findings as part of the Belle II experiment at the annual meeting […]


Paul Gebeline

Physics Undergraduate Spotlight: Paul Gebeline

Paul Gebeline is a senior from Kiln with double majors in mathematics and physics at the University of Mississippi. He is working with Jake Bennett, an experimental elementary particle physicist and assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and presented his research findings as part of the Belle II experiment at the annual […]


Physics Undergraduate Spotlight: Sakul Mahat

Sakul Mahat from Dharan, Nepal, is a physics major in his senior year at the University of Mississippi. He is working with Jake Bennett, an experimental elementary particle physicist and assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and presented his research findings as part of the Belle II experiment at the annual meeting […]


Volunteers from the Department of Physics and Astronomy demonstrate how air can be used to lift objects with the help of a participant during ‘Spooky Physics Night’ in 2018.

‘Spooky Physics’ Returns in Person to Haunt UM Campus

Department of Physics and Astronomy offers fun and frights for all ages October 22, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith After having to go virtual last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy will present its annual “Spooky Physics Night” in-person on Oct. 29. The free program starts at 6 p.m. […]


Subatomic Particles Topic for Virtual Oxford Science Café

UM physicist to discuss Muon g-2 experiment findings during Oct. 19 event on Zoom October 15, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith The ongoing findings of a groundbreaking experiment involving subatomic particles is the topic for a virtual Oxford Science Cafe scheduled for Oct. 19 by a University of Mississippi faculty member who is part of […]


Physics Professor Lands Top Acoustical Society of America Award

Likun Zhang awarded R. Bruce Lindsay Award for early-career acoustics work June 28, 2021 By Shea Stewart A University of Mississippi physics professor has received a prominent award for his contributions to the field of acoustics. Likun Zhang, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and researcher at the National Center for Physical Acoustics, or […]


A group of Muon g-2 experiment particle storage rings at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Photo courtesy Fermilab

Wobbling the Foundations of the Universe

UM researchers part of experiment that finds strong evidence of undiscovered particles, forces April 14, 2021 by Shea Stewart University of Mississippi researchers are playing a key role in a groundbreaking search for undiscovered forms of matter and energy that could unlock an exciting new era of physics. On April 7, researchers working at the […]


UM physicist Leo Stein has been researching Einstein’s general theory of relativity, using signals from astronomical sources, with the most promising signals being gravitational waves, which are ripples in space and time. Gravitational waves have been detected as the result of the collision of a pair of black holes orbiting each other. Photo illustration courtesy of SXS Lensing, Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes Collaboration

Searching Beyond Einstein

UM professor receives National Science Foundation award to test general relativity theory March 23, 2021 by Shea Stewart A University of Mississippi professor will use his new National Science Foundation award to further explore Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity and pursue unlocking the universe’s gravitational secrets. Leo Stein, an assistant professor of physics and […]


Quiz Bowl and Speaker Highlight Double Virtual Oxford Science Cafe

Audience participation event, lecture scheduled for March 16 and 25 via Zoom March 9, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith Two separate events – including a science-focused trivia contest – will make up the virtual Oxford Science Cafe for March at the University of Mississippi. Both events, sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, are […]