The Department of Physical Sciences is home to several degree programs:Bachelor of Science in Astronomy & AstrophysicsBachelor of Science in Engineering PhysicsBachelor of Science in Space PhysicsMaster 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.

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Submissions from 2007

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On the Variability of Mesospheric OH Emission Profiles, Romina Nikoukar, Gary R. Swenson, Alan Z. Liu, and Farzad Kamalabadi

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Book Review: Moore on Mercury: The Planet and the Missions, T. D. Oswalt

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Measurements of Mesospheric Sodium Abundance above the Hawaiian Islands, Lewis C. Roberts, Jr.; L. William Bradford; Christopher R. Neyman; and Alan Z. Liu

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Doppler Ducting of Short-Period Gravity Waves by Midaltitude Tidal Wind Structure, Jonathan B. Snively, Victor P. Pasko, Michael J. Taylor, and Wayne K. Hocking

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O(1S), OH, and O2(b) Airglow Layer Perturbations due to AGWs and their Implied Effects on the Atmosphere, Fabio Vargas, Gary Swenson, Alan Liu, and Delano Gobbi

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The New Class of Dusty Daz White Dwarfs, Ted von Hippel and et al.

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Discovery of Photospheric Calcium Line-Strength Variations in the Dazd White Dwarf G29-38, Ted von Hippel and Susan E. Thompson

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The Metallicity Distribution of Intracluster Stars in Virgo, Benjamin F. Willaims, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Virgo’s Intracluster Globular Clusters as Seen by the Advanced Camera for Surveys, Benjamin F. Williams, Robin Ciardullo, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Numerical Modeling of a Gravity Wave Packet Ducted by the Thermal Structure of the Atmosphere, Yonghui Yu and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

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Simulated Ducting of High-frequency Atmospheric Gravity Waves in the Presence of Background Winds, Yonghui Yu and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

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Time-resolved Ducting of Atmospheric Acoustic-gravity Waves by Analysis of the Vertical Energy Flux, Yonghui Yu and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

Submissions from 2006

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The White Dwarf Luminosity Function from Sloan Digital Sky Survey Imaging Data, Hugh C. Harris, Jeffrey A. Munn, Mukremin Kilic, James W. Liebert, Kurtis A. Williams, Ted von Hippel, Stephen E. Levine, David G. Monet, Daniel J. Eisenstein, S. J. Kleinman, T. S. Metcalfe, Atsuko Nikka, D. E. Winget, J. Brinkmann, Masataka Fukugita, G. R. Knapp, Robert H. Lupton, J. Allyn Smith, and Donald P. Schneider

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Cool White Dwarfs in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Mukremin Kilic, Jeffrey A. Munn, Hugh C. Harris, James W. Liebert, Ted von Hippel, Kurtis A. Williams, Travis S. Metcalfe, D. E. Winget, and Stephen E. Levine

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Debris Disks Around White Dwarfs: The Daz Connection, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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The Mystery Deepens: Spitzer Observations of Cool White Dwarfs, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Radial Velocity Observations of the Extended Lunar Sodium Tail, E. J. Mierkiewicz, M. Line, F. L. Roesler, and R. J. Oliversen

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Detection of Diffuse Interstellar [O II] Emission from the Milky Way Using Spatial Heterodyne Spectroscopy, E. J. Mierkiewicz, R. J. Reynolds, F. L. Roesler, J. M. Harlander, and K. P. Jaehnig

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Book Review: Evolution of Stars and Stellar Populations, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: Fred Hoyle's Universe, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: The Amateur Astronomer's Introduction to the Celestial Sphere, T. D. Oswalt

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Inverting Color-Magnitude Diagrams to Access Precise Star Cluster Parameters: A Bayesian Approach, Ted von Hippel and et al.

Submissions from 2005

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Comparison of Meteor Radar and Na Doppler Lidar Measurements of Winds in the Mesopause Region above Maui, Hawaii, S. J. Franke, X. Chu, A. Z. Liu, and W. K. Hocking

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Maui Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere (Maui MALT) Observations of the Evolution of Kelvin-Helmholtz Billows Formed Near 86 km Altitude, J. H. Hecht, Alan Z. Liu, R. L. Walterscheid, and R. J. Rudy

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A Full-wave Investigation of the Use of a ‘‘Cancellation Factor’’ in Gravity Wave–OH Airglow Interaction Studies, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D. and Yonghui Yu

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Measuring the Evolution of the Most Stable Optical Clock G 117-B15A, S. O. Kepler, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Excess Infrared Radiation from the Massive Daz White Dwarf GD 362: A Debris Disk?, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Faint Blue Objects in the Hubble Deep Field–South Revealed: White Dwarfs, Subdwarfs, and Quasars, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Deep Photometry of the Globular Cluster M5: Distance Estimates from White Dwarf and Main-Sequence Stars, Andrew C. Layden, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Characteristics of Instabilities in the Mesopause Region over Maui, Hawaii, Feng Li, Alan Z. Liu, and Gary R. Swenson

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Observations of Gravity Wave Breakdown into Ripples Associated with Dynamical Instabilities, Feng Li, Alan Z. Liu, Gary R. Swenson, James H. Hecht, and Walter A. Robinson

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Vertical Heat and Constituent Transport in the Mesopause Region by Dissipating Gravity Waves at Maui, Hawaii (20.7ºN), and Starfire Optical Range, New Mexico (35ºN), Alan Z. Liu and Chester S. Gardner

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Book Review: Observing Variable Stars, Novae, and Supernovae, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: Stargazer: The Life and Times of the Telescope, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: The New Amateur Astronomer, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: The Scientific Legacy of Fred Hoyle, T. D. Oswalt

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Climatology of Short-Period Gravity Waves Observed over Northern Australia during the Darwin Area Wave Experiment (DAWEX) and their Dominant Source Regions, P. -D. Pautet, M. J. Taylor, Alan Z. Liu, and Gary Swenson

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The Dust Cloud Around the White Dwarf G29-38, William T. Reach, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Physical Processes in Acoustic Wave Heating of the Thermosphere, G. Schubert, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., and R. L. Walterscheid

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Antiphase OH and OI Airglow Emissions Induced By a Short-Period Ducted Gravity Wave, Jonathan B. Snively and Victor P. Pasko

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Estimation of Gravity Wave Momentum Flux with Spectroscopic Imaging, Jing Tang, Farzad Kamalabadi, Steven J. Franke, Alan Z. Liu, and Gary R. Swenson

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Observational Investigations of Gravity Wave Momentum Flux with Spectroscopic Imaging, J. Tang, G. R. Swenson, Alan Z. Liu, and F. Kamalabadi

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From Young and Hot to Old and Cold: Comparing White Dwarf Cooling Theory to Main-Sequence Stellar Evolution in Open Clusters, Ted von Hippel

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Acoustic Waves Generated by Gusty Flow over Hilly Terrain, R. L. Walterscheid and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

Submissions from 2004

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Data-Model Comparison Search Analysis of Coincident PBO Balmer α, EURD Lyman β Geocoronal Measurements From March 2000, J. Bishop, E. J. Mierkiewicz, F. L. Roesler, J. F. Gómez, and C. Morales

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TOMEX: Mesospheric and Lower Thermospheric Diffusivities and Instability Layers, R. L. Bishop, M. F. Larsen, J. H. Hecht, Alan Z. Liu, and C. S. Gardner

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An Overview of Observations of Unstable Layers during the Turbulent Oxygen Mixing Experiment (TOMEX), J. H. Hecht, Alan Z. Liu, R. L. Bishop, J. H. Clemmons, C. S. Gardner, M. F. Larsen, R. G. Roble, G. R. Swenson, and R. L. Walterscheid

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Airglow Emissions and Oxygen Mixing Ratios from the Photometer Experiment on the Turbulent Oxygen Mixing Experiment (TOMEX), J. H. Hecht, Alan Z. Liu, R. L. Walterscheid, R. G. Roble, M. F. Larsen, and J. H. Clemmons

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The Initial-Final Mass Relationship: Spectroscopy of White Dwarfs in Ngc 2099 (m37), Jasonjot Singh Kalirai, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Proper Motion Objects in the Hubble Deep Field, M. Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Photometric Identification of Cool White Dwarfs, M. Kilic, D. E. Winget, Ted von Hippel, and C. F. Claver

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Observations of Overturning in the Upper Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere, M. F. Larsen, Alan Z. Liu, C. S. Gardner, M. C. Kelley, S. Collins, J. Friedman, and J. H. Hecht

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Vertical Dynamical Transport of Mesospheric Constituents by Dissipating Gravity Waves, Alan Z. Liu and Chester S. Gardner

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Unstable Layers in the Mesopause Region Observed with Na Lidar During the Turbulent Oxygen Mixing Experiment (TOMEX) Campaign, Alan Z. Liu, Raymond G. Roble, James H. Hecht, Miguel F. Larsen, and Chester S. Gardner

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Redefining the Empirical ZZ Ceti Instability Strip, Anjum S. Mukadam, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Thirty-Five New Pulsating Da White Dwarf Stars, Anjum S. Mukadam, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Observations of Solar Cyclical Variations in Geocoronal Hα Column Emission Intensities, S. M. Nossal, F. L. Roesler, E. J. Mierkiewicz, and R. J. Reynolds

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Book Review: Sky Vistas: Astronomy for Binoculars and Richestfield Telescopes, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: The Big Bang: A View from the 21st Century, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: The Edge of Infinity: Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe, T. D. Oswalt

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Correct to "Breaking of Thunderstorm-Generated Gravity Waves as a Source of Short-Period Ducted Waves at Mesopause Altitudes", Jonathan B. Snively and Victor P. Pasko

Submissions from 2003

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TOMEX: A Comparison of Lidar and Sounding Rocket Chemical Tracer, M. F. Larsen, Alan Z. Liu, R. L. Bishop, and J. H. Hecht

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A Modeling Study of O2 and OH Airglow Perturbations Induced by Atmospheric Gravity Waves, Alan Z. Liu and Gary R. Swenson

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Constraining the Evolution of Zz Ceti, Anjum S. Mukadam, S. O. Kepler, D. E. Nather, M. Kilic, F. Mullally, T. von Hippel, S. J. Kleinman, A. Nitta, J. A. Guzik, P. A. Bradley, J. Matthews, K. Sekiguchi, D. J. Sullivan, T. Sullivan, R. R. Shobbrook, P. Birch, X. J. Jiang, D. W. Xu, S. Joshi, B. N. Ashoka, P. Ibbetson, E. Leibowitz, E. O. Ofek, E. G. Meištas, R. Janulis, R. D. Ališauskas, R. Kalytis, G. Handler, D. Kilkenny, D. O'Donoghue, D. W. Kurtz, M. Müller, P. Moskalik, W. Ogloza, S. Zola, J. Krzesiński, F. Johnannessen, J. M. Gonzalez-Perez, J. E. Solheim, R. Silvotti, S. Bernabei, G. Vauclair, N. Dolez, J. N. Fu, M. Chevreton, M. Manteiga, O. Suárez, A. Ulla, M. S. Cunha, T. S. Metcalfe, A. Kanaan, L. Fraga, A. F. M. Costa, O. Giovannini, G. Fontaine, P. Bergeron, M. S. O'Brien, D. Sanwal, M. A. Wood, T. J. Ahrens, N. Silvestri, E. W. Klumpe, S. D. Kawaler, R. Riddle, M. D. Reed, and T. K. Watson

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Book Review: Observer's Guide to Stellar Evolution: The Birth, Life, and Death of Stars, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: Strange Matters: Undiscovered Ideas at the Frontiers of Space and Time, T. D. Oswalt

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The Local-Time Variation of the Quiet Plasmasphere: Geosynchronous Observations and Kinetic Theory, Mark Anthony Reynolds, G. Ganguli, Y-J Su, and M.F. Thomsen

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Measurement of the Stochasticity of Low-Latitude Geomagnetic Temporal Variations, Mark Anthony Reynolds and James A. Wanliss

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Breaking of Thunderstorm-Generated Gravity Waves as a Source of Short-Period Ducted Waves at Mesopause Altitudes, Jonathan B. Snively and Victor P. Pasko

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High Frequency Atmospheric Gravity Wave Damping in the Mesosphere, G. R. Swenson, Alan Z. Liu, F. Li, and J. Tang

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Using Optical and Near-Infrared Photometry to Test Macho Lens Candidates, Ted von Hippel and et al.

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Seasonal and Nocturnal Variations of the Mesospheric Sodium Layer at Starfire Optical Range, New Mexico, Hu Xiong, Chester S. Gardner, and Alan Z. Liu

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Measurements of Atmospheric Stability in the Mesopause Region at Starfire Optical Range, NM, Yucheng Zhao, Alan Z. Liu, and Chester S. Gardner

Submissions from 2002

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Metal Abundances and Kinematics of Bright Metal-Poor Giants Selected from the Lse Survey: Implications for the Metal-Weak Thick Disk, Timothy C. Beers, John S. Drilling, Silvia Rossi, Masashi Chiba, Jaehyon Rhee, Birgit Fṻhrmeister, John E. Norris, and Ted von Hippel

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Observations of persistent Leonid meteor trails 3. The ‘‘Glowworm’’, Jack D. Drummond, Brent W. Grime, Chester S. Gardner, Alan Z. Liu, Xinzhao Chu, Michael C. Kelley, Craig Kruschwitz, and Timothy J. Kane

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Atmospheric Stability and Gravity Wave Dissipation in the Mesopause Region, Chester S. Gardner, Yucheng Zhao, and Alan Z. Liu

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Production, Outflow, Velocity, and Radial Distribution of H2O and OH in the Coma of Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) from Wide-field Imaging of OH, Walter M. Harris, Frank Scherb, Edwin Mierkiewicz, Ronald Oliversen, and Jeffrey Morgenthaler

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An Observation of a Fast External Atmospheric Acoustic-gravity Wave, J. H. Hecht, R. L. Walterscheid, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., R. J. Rudy, and A. Z. Liu

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A Simulation Study of Space-based Observations of Gravity Waves in the Airglow using Observed ALOHA-93 Wave Parameters, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D. and J. S. Brown

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Further Investigations of a Mesospheric Inversion Layer Observed in the ALOHA-93 Campaign, Tai-Yin Huang, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., and Tai-Fu Tuan

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Characteristics of Quasi-Monochromatic Gravity Waves Observed with Na Lidar in the Mesopause Region at Starfire Optical Range, NM, Xiong Hu, Alan Z. Liu, Chester S. Gardner, and Gary R. Swenson

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Comparison of Na Lidar and Meteor Radar Wind Measurements at Starfire Optical Range, NM, USA, Alan Z. Liu, Wayne K. Hocking, Steven J. Franke, and T. Thayaparan

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Book Review: Flash!: The Hunt for the Biggest Explosions in the Universe, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: Neptune: The Planet, Rings and Satellites, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: The Observing Guide to the Messier Marathon: A Handbook and Atlas, T. D. Oswalt

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High Frequency Gravity Waves Observed in OH airglow at Starfire Optical Range, NM: Seasonal Variations in Momentum Flux, Jing Tang, Alan Z. Liu, and Gary R. Swenson

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WIYN Open Cluster Study. XI. WIYN 3.5 Meter Deep Photometry of M35 (NGC 2168), Ted von Hippel, Aaron Steinhauer, Ata Sarajedini, and Constantine P. Deliyannis

Submissions from 2001

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Gravity Wave Propagation Directions Inferred from Satellite Observations including Smearing Effects, Jason S. Brown and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

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Observations of Persistent Leonid Meteor Trails. 1. Advection of the "Diamond Ring", Jack D. Drummond, Brent W. Grime, Chester S. Gardner, Alan Z. Liu, Xinzhao Chu, and Timothy J. Kane

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Climatology and Modeling of Quasi-monochromatic Atmospheric Gravity Waves Observed over Urbana Illinois, J. H. Hecht, R. L. Walterscheid, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., and S. J. Franke

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Airglow Variations Associated with Nonideal Ducting of Gravity Waves in the Lower Thermosphere Region, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

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Reflection of a Long-period Gravity Wave Observed in the Nightglow over Arecibo on May 8–9, 1989?, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

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Acoustic Wave Heating of the Thermosphere, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., G. Schubert, and R. L. Walterscheid

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Secular Variations of OI 5577 Å Airglow in the Mesopause Region Induced by Transient Gravity Wave Packets, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D. and R. L. Walterscheid

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Observations of Persistent Leonid Meteor Trails 2. Photometry and Numerical Modeling, C. A. Kruschwitz, M. C. Kelley, C. S. Gardner, G. Swenson, A. Z. Liu, X. Chu, J. D. Drummond, B. W. Grime, W. T. Armstrong, J. M. C. Plane, and P. Jenniskens

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Geocoronal H-A [Alpha] Intensity Measurements Using the Wisconsin H-A [Alpha] Mapper Fabry-Perot Facility, S. Nossal, F. L. Roesler, J. Bishop, R. J. Reynolds, M. Haffner, S. Tufte, J. Percival, and E. J. Mierkiewicz

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Book Review: Space Shuttle: The History of the National Space Transportation System: The First 100 Missions, T. D. Oswalt

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Three-Dimensional Spectral Classification of Low-Metallicity Stars Using Artificial Neural Networks, Shawn Snider, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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One-gas Models with Height-dependent Mean Molecular Weight: Effects on Gravity Wave Propagation, R. L. Walterscheid and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

Submissions from 2000

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Lidar Observations of Elevated Temperatures in Bright Chemiluminescent Meteor Trails During the 1998 Leonid Shower, Xinzhao Chu, Alan Z. Liu, George Papen, and Chester S. Gardner