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
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
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
Book Review: Visually Observing Comets, T. D. Oswalt
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
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 L. 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, P.- D. Pautet, X. Cai, 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
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 Ph.D., Philip Stephens, Jonathan B. Snively, Y. Tony Song, Mark D. Batala, 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
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
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
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 Ph.D., 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.
Geocoronal Hydrogen Observations Spanning Three Solar Minima, S. M. Nossal, E. J. Mierkiewicz, F. L. Roesler, L. M. Haffner, R. J. Reynolds, and R. C. Woodward
Book Review: The Road to Galaxy Formation 2nd Ed, T. D. Oswalt
Book Review: Tourists in Space: A Practical Guide, T. D. Oswalt
Excitation of Ducted Gravity Waves in the Lower Thermosphere by Tropospheric Sources, Jonathan B. Snively and Victor P. Pasko
Submissions from 2007
The Resolved Stellar Populations of a Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy in the Virgo Cluster, Patrick R. Durell, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
Seasonal Variations of the Vertical Fluxes of Heat and Horizontal Momentum in the Mesopause Region at Starfire Optical Range, New Mexico, Chester S. Gardner and Alan Z. Liu
Characteristics of Short-Period Wavelike Features Near 87 km Altitude from Airglow and Lidar Observations Over Maui, J. H. Hecht, A. Z. Liu, R. L. Walterscheid, S. J. Franke, R. J. Rudy, M. J. Taylor, and P. -D. Pautet
New Techniques to Determine Ages of Open Clusters Using White Dwarfs, E. J. Jeffery, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
Wide-Field Survey of Globular Clusters in m31. I. a Catalog of New Clusters, Sang Chul Kim, Myung Gyoon Lee, Doug Geisler, Ata Sarajedini, Hong Soo Park, Ho Seong Hwang, William E. Harris, Juan C. Seguel, and Ted von Hippel
Investigation of a “Wall” Wave Event, Feng Li, Gary R. Swenson, Alan Z. Liu, Michael Taylor, and Yucheng Zhao
A Spitzer White Dwarf Infrared Survey, F. Mullally, Ted von Hippel, and et al.