The Department of Physical Sciences is home to several degree programs:Bachelor of Science in Astronomy & Astrophysics, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics; Bachelor of Science in Space Physics; Master of Science in Engineering Physics; and Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Physics.
The programs offer a unique balance of engineering and physics curriculum, so students can focus on the scientific challenges and planning associated with mission design and space exploration, along with engineering fundamentals.
These programs prepare students to make positive scientific and technological contributions to our increasingly complex society. This highly research-oriented department has one of the oldest and largest Engineering Physics programs in the nation. Students are involved in all the research, which includes grants funded by NASA, the National Security Agency (NSA), and other agencies.
Submissions from 2017
Secondary Gravity Wave Generation Over New Zealand During the DEEPWAVE Campaign, Katrina Bossert, Christopher G. Kruse, Christopher J. Heale, David C. Fritts, Bifford P. Williams, Jonathan B. Snively, Pierre-Dominique Pautet, and Michael J. Taylor
Magnetospherically-Trapped Dust and a Possible Model for the Unusual Transits at WD1145+017, J. Farihi, Ted von Hippel, and J. E. Pringle
First Performance Results of a New Field-Widened Spatial Heterodyne Spectrometer for Geocoronal Hα Research, D. D. Gardner, E. J. Mierkiewicz, F. L. Roesler, J. M. Harlander, K. P. Jaehnig, S. M. Nossal, and L. M. Haffner
Multi-Site Simultaneous Time-Resolved Photometry with a Low Cost Electro-Optics System, F. Gasdia, Aroh Barjatya, and Sergei Bilardi
Numerical Modeling of a Multiscale Gravity Wave Event and Its Airglow Signatures over Mount Cook, New Zealand, During the DEEPWAVE Campaign, C. J. Heale, K. Bossert, J. B. Snively, D. C. Fritts, P. -D. Pautet, and M. J. Taylor
The Ages of the Thin Disk, Thick Disk, and the Halo from Nearby White Dwarfs, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, Jeffrey A. Munn, Hugh C. Harris, James W. Liebert, and et al.
Book Review: Visually Observing Comets, T. D. Oswalt
A Hierarchical Model for the Ages of Galactic Halo White Dwarfs, Shijing Si, Ted von Hippel, David A. van Dyk, Elliot Robinson, Aaron Webster, and et al.
Spatial and Temporal Variability in MLT Turbulence Inferred from in situ and Ground-Based Observations During the WADIS-1 Sounding Rocket Campaign, B. Strelnikov, A. Szewczyk, I. Strelnikova, R. Latteck, G. Baumgarten, Aroh Barjatya, and et.al
The ACS Survey of Galactic Globular Clusters XIV: Bayesian Single-Population Analysis of 69 Globular Clusters, R. Wagner-Kaiser, Ted von Hippel, A. Sarajedini, D. C. Stenning, D. A. van Dyck, and et al.
Nonlinear Ionospheric Responses to Large-Amplitude Infrasonic-Acoustic Waves Generated by Undersea Earthquakes, M. D. Zettergren, J. B. Snively, A. Komjathy, and O. P. Verkhoglyadova
Submissions from 2016
Plasma Density Analysis of CubeSat Wakes in the Earth’s Ionosphere, Robert M. Albarran II and Aroh Barjatya
Observation and Modeling of Gravity Wave Propagation through Reflection and Critical Layers above Andes Lidar Observatory at Cerro Pachón, Chile, Bing Cao, Christopher J. Heale, Yafang Guo, Alan Z. Liu, and Jonathan B. Snively
New Halo White Dwarf Candidates in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Kyra Dame, A. Gianninas, Mukremin Kilic, Jeffrey A. Munn, Warren R. Brown, Kurtis A. Williams, Ted von Hippel, and Hugh C. Harris
Book Review: How Do You Find an Exoplanet?, T. D. Oswalt
Bayesian Analysis of Two Stellar Populations in Galactic Globular Clusters – III. Analysis of 30 Clusters, R. Wagner-Kaiser, D. C. Stenning, A Sarajedini, Ted von Hippel, D. A. van Dyk, E. Robinson, and W. H. Jefferys
Evidence of Dispersion and Refraction of a Spectrally Broad Gravity Wave Packet in the Mesopause Region Observed by the Na Lidar and Mesospheric Temperature Mapper Above Logan, Utah, T. Yuan, C. J. Heale, J. B. Snively, X. Cai, P.- D. Pautet, C. Fish, Y. Zhao, M. J. Taylor, W. R. Pendleton Jr., V. Wickwar, and N. J. Mitchell
Submissions from 2015
Self-Accleration and Instability of Gravity Wave Packets: 1. Effects of Temporal Localization, David C. Fritts, Brian Laughman, Thomas S. Lund, and Jonathan B. Snively
Gravity Wave Propagation Through a Vertically and Horizontally Inhomogeneous Background Wind, C. J. Heale and J. B. Snively
The Life Cycle of Instability Features Measured from the Andes Lidar Observatory Over Cerro Pachon on 24 March 2012, J. H. Hecht; K. Wan; Lynette Gelinas; David Fritts; R. L. Walterscheid; R. J. Rudy; Alan Liu; Steven J. Franke; Fabio Vargas; P. -D. Pautet; Michael Taylor; and Gary Swenson,
A Full-Wave Model For a Binary Gas Thermosphere: Effects of Thermal Conductivity and Viscosity, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., R. L. Walterscheid, and G. Schubert
Bayesian Investigation of Isochrone Consistency Using the Old Open Cluster Ngc 188, Shane Hills, Ted von Hippel, Stéphane Courteau, and Aaron M. Geller
Book Review: The Scientific Exploration of Venus, T. D. Oswalt
A Sliding Mode LCO Regulation Strategy for Dual-Parallel Underactuated UAV Systems Using Synthetic Jet Actuators, N. Ramos-Pedroza, W. MacKunis, and M. Reyhanoglu
Interpreting Ulysses Data Using Inverse Scattering Theory: Oblique Alfvén Waves, Mark Anthony Reynolds, Henry R. Wheeler IV, and R.L. Hamilton
Lower Thermospheric Response to Atmospheric Gravity Waves Induced By the 2011 Tohoku Tsunami, Yonghui Yu, Zhiyu Yan, and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.
Ionospheric Response to Infrasonic-Acoustic Waves Generated by Natural Hazard Events, M. D. Zettergren and J. B. Snively
Submissions from 2014
Numerical Simulation of the Long-Range Propagation of Gravity Wave Packets at High Latitudes, C. J. Heale, J. B. Snively, and M. P. Hickey
Thermospheric Dissipation of Upward Propagating Gravity Wave Packets, C. J. Heale, J. B. Snively, M. P. Hickey, and C. J. Ali
Very Low Frequency Subionospheric Remote Sensing of Thunderstorm-Driven Acoustic Waves in the Lower Ionosphere, R. A. Marshall and J. B. Snively
High-Resolution Spectroscopy of the Lunar Sodium Exosphere, E. J. Mierkiewicz, R. J. Oliversen, F. L. Roesler, and O. L. Lupie
A Deep Proper Motion Catalog Within the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Footprint, Jeffrey A. Munn, Hugh C. Harris, Ted von Hippel, Mukremin Kilic, James W. Liebert, Kurtis A. Williams, Steven DeGenarro, Elizabeth Jeffery, and Trudy M. Tilleman
Book Review: Planetary Rings: A Post-Equinox View 2nd Ed, T. D. Oswalt
The Geocoronal H α Cascade Component Determined from Geocoronal H β Intensity Measurements, F. L. Roesler, E. J. Mierkiewicz, and S. M. Nossal
Submissions from 2013
Elevated Electron Temperatures Around Twin Sporadic E Layers at Low Latitude: Observations and the Case for a Plausible Link to Currents Parallel to the Geomagnetic Field, Aroh Barjatya, J. P. St. Maurice, and C. M. Swenson
Payload Charging Events in the Mesosphere and Their Impact on Langmuir Type Electric Probes, T. A. Bekkeng, Aroh Barjatya, U. P. Hoppe, and M. Friedrich
Multi-Instrument Comparisons of D-Region Plasma Measurements, M. Friedrich, K. M. Torkar, U. P. Hoppe, T. A. Bekkeng, Aroh Barjatya, and M. Rapp
Moving Objects in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, Mukremin Kilic, Alexandros Gianninas, and Ted von Hippel
Measuring the Evolutionary Rate of Cooling of ZZ Ceti, Anjum S. Mukadam, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
A Bayesian Approach to Deriving Ages of Individual Field White Dwarfs, Erin M. O'Malley, Ted von Hippel, and David A. van Dyk
Numerical and Statistical Evidence for Long-Range Ducted Gravity Wave Propagation Over Halley, Antarctica, J. B. Snively, K. Nielsen, M. P. Hickey, C. J. Heale, M. J. Taylor, and T. Moffat-Griffin
Wave Heating and Jeans Escape in the Martian Upper Atmosphere, R. L. Walterscheid, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., and G. Schubert
Ionospheric Signatures of Acoustic Waves Generated by Transient Tropospheric Forcing, M. D. Zettergren and J. B. Snively
Ionospheric Signatures of Acoustic Waves Generated by Transient Tropospheric Forcing, M. D. Zettergren and J. B. Snively
Submissions from 2012
Optimization of Magnetic Powdered Activated Carbon for Aqueous Hg(II) Removal and Magnetic Recovery, Emily K. Faulconer, Natalia Hoogesteijn von Reitzenstein, and David W. Mazyck
Ionospheric Signatures of Tohoku-Oki Tsunami of March 11, 2011: Model Comparisons Near the Epicenter, David A. Galvan, Attila Komjathy, Michael P. Hickey, Philip Stephens, Jonathan Snively, Y. Tony Song, Mark D. Butala, and Anthony J. Mannucci
Gravity-wave-induced Variations in Exothermic Heating in the Low-latitude, Equinox Mesophere and Lower Thermosphere Region, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D. and Tai-Yin Huang
Gravity Wave Propagation in a Diffusively Separated Gas: Effects on the Total Gas, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D. and R. L. Walterscheid
Detecting Ionospheric TEC Perturbations Caused by Natural Hazards Using a Global Network of GPS Receivers: The Tohoku Case Study, A. Komjathy, D. A. Galvan, P. Stephens, M. D. Butala, V. Akopian, B. Wilson, O. Verkhoglyadova, A. J. Mannucci, and M. Hickey
Sodium Atoms in the Lunar Exotail: Observed Velocity and Spatial Distributions, Michael R. Line, E. J. Mierkiewicz, R. J. Oliversen, J. K. Wilson, L. M. Haffner, and F. L. Roesler
Observed Seasonal Variations in Exospheric Effective Temperatures, E. J. Mierkiewicz, F. L. Roesler, and S. M. Nossal
Observed and Modeled Solar Cycle Variation in Geocoronal Hydrogen Using NRLMSISE-00 Thermosphere Conditions and the Bishop Analytic Exosphere Model, S. M. Nossal, E. J. Mierkiewicz, and F. L. Roesler
Book Review: Astronomy at the Frontiers of Science, T. D. Oswalt
Thrust Vector Control of an Upper-Stage Rocket with Multiple Propellant Slosh Modes, Mahmut Reyhanoglu and Jaime Rubio Hervas
Contamination Effects on Fixed-Bias Langmuir Probes, C.T. Steigies and Aroh Barjatya
An Intense Traveling Airglow Front in the Upper Mesosphere–lower Thermosphere with Characteristics of a Bore Observed over Alice Springs, Australia, during a Strong 2 Day Wave Episode, R. L. Walterscheid, J. H. Hecht, L. J. Galinas, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., and I. M. Reid
Submissions from 2011
The 2009 Samoa and 2010 Chile Tsunamis as Observed in the Ionosphere using GPS Total Electron Content, David A. Galvan, Attila Komjathy, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., and Anthony J. Mannucci
Gravity Wave Heating and Cooling of the Thermosphere: Sensible Heat Flux and Viscous Flux of Kinetic Energy, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., R. L. Walterscheid, and G. Schubert
The White Dwarf Age of NFC 2477, Elizabeth J. Jeffery, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
Book Review: The Cambridge Atlas of Herschel Objects, T. D. Oswalt
Modeling and Control of Space Vehicles with Fuel Slosh Dynamics, Mahmut Reyhanoglu
Group Velocity and Energy Flux in the Thermosphere: Limits on the Validity of Group Velocity in a Viscous Atmosphere, R. L. Walterscheid and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.
Submissions from 2010
A Comprehensive Rocket and Radar Study of Midlatitude Spread F, G.D. Earle, P. Bhanja, P.A. Roddy, C.M. Swenson, Aroh Barjatya, and et al.
Atmospheric Airglow Fluctuations due to a Tsunami‐driven Gravity Wave Disturbance, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., G. Schubert, and R. L. Walterscheid
A Detailed Model Atmosphere Analysis of Cool White Dwarfs in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
Visitors from the Halo: 11 Gyr Old White Dwarfs in the Solar Neighborhood, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
OH and OI Airglow Layer Modulation by Ducted Short-Period Gravity Waves: Effects of Trapping Altitude, Jonathan B. Snively, Victor P. Pasko, and Michael J. Taylor
Pulsational Mapping of Calcium Across the Surface of a White Dwarf, Susan E. Thompson, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
Submissions from 2009
Invited Article: Data Analysis of the Floating Potential Measurement Unit Aboard the International Space Station, Aroh Barjatya, Charles M. Swenson, Donald C. Thompson, and Kenneth H. Wright
Inverting Color–Magnitude Diagrams to Access Precise Star Cluster Parameters: A New White Dwarf Age for the Hyades, Steven DeGennaro, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
Propagation of Tsunami-Driven Gravity Waves into the Thermosphere and Ionosphere, Michael P. Hickey, G. Schubert, and R. L. Walterscheid
Spitzer Observations of the Oldest White Dwarfs in the Solar Neighborhood, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
A Near-Infrared Spectroscopic Survey of Cool White Dwarfs in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Murkremin Kilic, Piotr M. Kowalski, and Ted von Hippel
Book Review: Clocks in the Sky: The Story of Pulsars, T. D. Oswalt
Book Review: Finding the Big Bang, T. D. Oswalt
The Dust Cloud Around the White Dwarf G 29-38. II. Spectrum from 5 to 40 μm and Mid-Infrared Photometric Variability, William T. Reach, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
Analysis and Modeling of Ducted and Evanescent Gravity Waves Observed in the Hawaiian Airglow, D. B. Simkhada, J. B. Snively, M. J. Taylor, and S. J. Franke
Gravity Wave Ducting in the Upper Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere Duct System, R. L. Walterscheid and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.
Submissions from 2008
Tomographic Imaging of Airglow from Airborne Spectroscopic Measurements, D. Scott Anderson; Gary Swenson,; Farzad Kamalabadi; and Alan Liu
Was a Long-Lived, High Velocity Gas Jet Produced by the Comet Tempel 1 Deep Impact Event: Evidence from High Spectral Resolution [OI] 630 nm Interference Spectra, J. B. Corliss, F. L. Roesler, E. J. Mierkiewicz, R. J. Oliversen, and W. M. Harris
White Dwarf Luminosity and Mass Functions from Sloan Digital Sky Survey Spectra, Steven DeGennaro, Ted von Hippel, D. E. Winget, S. O. Kepler, Atsuko Nitta, Detlev Koester, and Leandro Althaus
The First Mid-Infrared Spectra of Cool White Dwarfs, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.