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 2000

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Meteor Trail Advection Observed During the 1998 Leonid Shower, Brent W. Grime, Timothy J. Kane, Alan Liu, George Papen, Chester S. Gardner, Michael C. Kelley, Craig Kruschwitz, and Jack Drummond

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Resolving Ambiguities in Gravity Wave Propagation Directions Inherent in Satellite Observations: A Simulation Study, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D. and Jason S. Brown

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Secular Variations of Atomic Oxygen in the Mesopause Region Induced by Transient Gravity Wave Packets, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., R. L. Walterscheid, and Philip G. Richards

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First Observations of Long-Lived Meteor Trains with Resonance Lidar and Other Optical Instruments, M. C. Kelley, C. Gardner, J Drummond, T Armstrong, A Liu, Chu G. Papen, C Kruschwitz, P. Loughmiller, B Grime, and J. Engelman

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Book Review: 3-D Atlas of Stars and Galaxies, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: The Birth of Time: How Astronomers Measured the Age of the Universe, T. D. Oswalt

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The White Dwarf Cooling Age of the Open Cluster NGC 2420, Ted von Hippel and Gerard Gilmore

Submissions from 1999

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A Note on Gravity Wave-driven Volume Emission Rate Weighted Temperature Perturbations Inferred from O₂ Atmospheric and O I 5577 Airglow Observations, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D. and Richard L. Walterscheid

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Gravity Wave Characteristics in the Lower Atmosphere at South Pole, Matt Pfenniger, Alan Z. Liu, George C. Papen, and Chester S. Gardner

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Thermal Plasmaspheric Morphology: Effect of Geomagnetic and Solar Activity, Mark Anthony Reynolds, G. Ganguli, J.A. Fedder, J. Lemaire, R.R. Meier, and D.J. Melendez-Alvira

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WIYN Open Cluster Study. II. UBVRI CCD Photometry of the Open Cluster NGC 188, Ata Sarajedini, Ted von Hippel, Vera Kozhurina-Platais, and Pierre Demarque

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Observations and Interpretation of Gravity Wave Induced Fluctuations in the O I (557.7 nm) Airglow, G. Schubert, R. L. Walterscheid, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., and C. A. Tepley

Submissions from 1998

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A Search for Optical Afterglow from GRB 970828, P. J. Groot, T. J. Galama, J. van Paradijs, C. Kouveliotou, R. A. M. J. Wijers, J. Bloom, N. Tanvir, R. Vanderspek, J. Greiner, A. J. Castro-Tirado, J. Gorosabel, T. von Hippel, M. Lehnert, K. Kuijken, H. Hoekstra, N. Metcalfe, C. Howk, C. Conselice, J. Telting, R. G. M. Rutten, J. Rhoads, A. Cole, D. J. Pisano, R. Naber, and R. Schwarz

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Full-wave Modeling of Small-scale Gravity Waves using Airborne Lidar and Observations of the Hawaiian Airglow (ALOHA-93) O(¹S) Images and Coincident Na Wind/temperature Lidar Measurements, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., Michael J. Taylor, Chester S. Gardner, and Christian R. Gibbons

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Maintenance of Circulation Anomalies during the 1988 Drought and 1993 Floods over the United States, Alan Z. Liu, Mingfang Ting, and Hailan Wang

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Inversion of Plasmaspheric EUV Remote Sensing Data from the STP 72-1 Satellite, R.R. Meier, A.C. Nicholas, J.M. Picone, D.J. Melendez-Alvira, G. Ganguli, Mark Anthony Reynolds, and E.C. Roelof

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Ion Bernstein Waves Driven by Two Transverse Flow Layers, Mark Anthony Reynolds and G. Ganguli

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A Model for Calculating Acoustic Gravity Wave Energy and Momentum Flux in the Mesosphere from OH Airglow, Gary R. Swenson and Alan Z. Liu

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Contribution of White Dwarfs to Cluster Masses, Ted von Hippel

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WIYN Open Cluster Study. I. Deep Photometry of NGC188, Ted von Hippel and Ata Sarajedini

Submissions from 1997

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Numerical Simulations of Gravity Waves Imaged over Arecibo during the 10-day January 1993 Campaign, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., R. L. Walterscheid, Michael J. Taylor, William Ward, G. Schubert, Qihou Zhou, Francisco Garcia, Michael C. Kelly, and G. G. Shepherd

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Velocity–Space Drag and Diffusion in a Model, Two-Dimensional Plasma, Mark Anthony Reynolds, B.D. Fried, and G.J. Morales

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Effect of Diurnal Convection on Trapped Thermal Plasma in the Outer Plasmasphere, Mark Anthony Reynolds, G. Ganguli, J.A. Fedder, and D.J. Melendez-Alvira

Submissions from 1996

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High-Frequency Fluctuations of a Modulated, Helical Electron Beam, Mark Anthony Reynolds

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Experimental Results of Neutron Fluence Outside an Iron Shield in the Forward Direction, M. M.C. Torres, A. J. Elwyn, D. Fein, E. James, K. Johns, W. Davis, D. P. Ciampa, and E. Mierkiewicz

Submissions from 1995

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A Chemical-dynamical Model of Wave-driven Sodium Fluctuations, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D. and John M.C. Plane

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New Sources for the Hot Oxygen Geocorona: Solar Cycle, Seasonal, Latitudinal, and Diurnal Variations, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., P. G. Richards, and D. G. Torr

Submissions from 1994

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Wave-modified Mean Exothermic Heating in the Mesopause Region, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D. and R. L. Walterscheid

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New Sources for the Hot Oxygen Geocorona, P. G. Richards, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., and D. G. Torr

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Comparison of Theories for Gravity Wave Induced Fluctuations in Airglow Emissions, R. L. Walterscheid, G. Schubert, and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

Submissions from 1993

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Gravity Wave-Driven Fluctuations in the O2 Atmospheric (0-1) Nightglow from an Extended, Dissipative Emission Region, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., G. Schubert, and R. L. Walterscheid

Submissions from 1992

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Seasonal and Latitudinal Variations of Gravity Wave-driven Fluctuations in OH Nightglow, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., R. L. Walterscheid, and G. Schubert

Submissions from 1991

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Gravity Wave-Driven Fluctuations in OH Nightglow from an Extended, Dissipative Emission Region, G. Schubert, R. L. Walterscheid, and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

Submissions from 1988

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Effects of Eddy Viscosity and Thermal Conduction and Coriolis Force in the Dynamics of Gravity Wave Driven Fluctuations in the OH Nightglow, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

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Wavelength Dependence of Eddy Dissipation and Coriolis Force in the Dynamics of Gravity Wave Driven Fluctuations in the OH Nightglow, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

Submissions from 1986

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Periods of EO and FV Comae Berenices and the Functional Forms of Their O-C Diagrams, Mark Anthony Reynolds