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 2007
Numerical Modeling of a Gravity Wave Packet Ducted by the Thermal Structure of the Atmosphere, Yonghui Yu and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.
Simulated Ducting of High-frequency Atmospheric Gravity Waves in the Presence of Background Winds, Yonghui Yu and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.
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
Observations of Triboelectric Charging Effects on Langmuir-Type Probes in Dusty Plasma, Aroh Barjatya and C. M. Swenson
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
Rocket and Radar Investigation of Background Electrodynamics and Bottom-Type Scattering Layers at the Onset of Equatorial Spread F, D. L. Hysell, M. F. Larsen, C. M. Swenson, Aroh Barjatya, and et. al
LP 400-22, A Very Low Mass and High-Velocity White Dwarf, Adela Kawka, Stephane Vennes, Terry D. Oswalt, J. Allyn Smith, and Nicole M. Silvestri
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
Debris Disks Around White Dwarfs: The Daz Connection, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
The Mystery Deepens: Spitzer Observations of Cool White Dwarfs, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
Radial Velocity Observations of the Extended Lunar Sodium Tail, E. J. Mierkiewicz, M. Line, F. L. Roesler, and R. J. Oliversen
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
Origin of the Turbulent Spectra in the High-Altitude Cusp: Cluster Spacecraft Observations, K. Nykyri, B. Grison, P. J. Cargill, B. Lavraud, E. Lucek, I. Dandouras, A. Balogh, N. Cornilleau-Wehrlin, and H. Reme
Cluster Observations of Reconnection Due to the Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability at the Dawnside Magnetospheric Flank, K. Nykyri, A. Otto, B. Lavraud, C. Mouikis, L. M. Kistler, A. Balogh, and H. Rème
Book Review: Evolution of Stars and Stellar Populations, T. D. Oswalt
Book Review: Fred Hoyle's Universe, T. D. Oswalt
Inverting Color-Magnitude Diagrams to Access Precise Star Cluster Parameters: A Bayesian Approach, Ted von Hippel and et al.
Submissions from 2005
Coordinated Cluster/Double Star Observations of Dayside Reconnection Signatures, M. W. Dunlop, M. G. G. T. Taylor, J. A. Davies, C. J. Owen, F. Pitout, A. N. Fazakerley, K. Nykyri, and et al.
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
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
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
Onset Conditions for Equatorial Spread F Determined During Equis II, D. L. Hysell, M. F. Larsen, C. M. Swenson, Aroh Barjatya, T. F. Wheeler, and et.al
Measuring the Evolution of the Most Stable Optical Clock G 117-B15A, S. O. Kepler, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
Excess Infrared Radiation from the Massive Daz White Dwarf GD 362: A Debris Disk?, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
Faint Blue Objects in the Hubble Deep Field–South Revealed: White Dwarfs, Subdwarfs, and Quasars, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
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.
Where Are the Magnetic White Dwarfs with Detached, Nondegenerate Companions?, James W. Liebert, Dayal T. Wickramsinghe, Gary D. Schmidt, Nicole M. Silvestri, T. D. Oswalt, and et al.
Characteristics of Instabilities in the Mesopause Region over Maui, Hawaii, Feng Li, Alan Z. Liu, and Gary R. Swenson
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
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
Book Review: The New Amateur Astronomer, T. D. Oswalt
Book Review: The Scientific Legacy of Fred Hoyle, T. D. Oswalt
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
The Dust Cloud Around the White Dwarf G29-38, William T. Reach, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
Physical Processes in Acoustic Wave Heating of the Thermosphere, G. Schubert, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., and R. L. Walterscheid
Antiphase OH and OI Airglow Emissions Induced By a Short-Period Ducted Gravity Wave, Jonathan B. Snively and Victor P. Pasko
Estimation of Gravity Wave Momentum Flux with Spectroscopic Imaging, Jing Tang, Farzad Kamalabadi, Steven J. Franke, Alan Z. Liu, and Gary R. Swenson
Observational Investigations of Gravity Wave Momentum Flux with Spectroscopic Imaging, J. Tang, G. R. Swenson, Alan Z. Liu, and F. Kamalabadi
Acoustic Waves Generated by Gusty Flow over Hilly Terrain, R. L. Walterscheid and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.
Submissions from 2004
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
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
CLUSTER Encounters with the High Altitude Cusp: Boundary Structure and Magnetic Field Depletions, P. J. Cargill, M. W. Dunlop, B. Lavraud, R. C. Elphic, D. L. Holland, K. Nykyri, A. Balogh, and I. Dandouras
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
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
The Initial-Final Mass Relationship: Spectroscopy of White Dwarfs in Ngc 2099 (m37), Jasonjot Singh Kalirai, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
Proper Motion Objects in the Hubble Deep Field, M. Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
Photometric Identification of Cool White Dwarfs, M. Kilic, D. E. Winget, Ted von Hippel, and C. F. Claver
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
Vertical Dynamical Transport of Mesospheric Constituents by Dissipating Gravity Waves, Alan Z. Liu and Chester S. Gardner
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
Redefining the Empirical ZZ Ceti Instability Strip, Anjum S. Mukadam, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
Thirty-Five New Pulsating Da White Dwarf Stars, Anjum S. Mukadam, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
Geocoronal Hydrogen Studies Using Fabry-Perot Interferometers, S. M. Nossal, E. J. Mierkiewicz, F. L. Roesler, J. Bishop, and R. J. Reynolds
Observations of Solar Cyclical Variations in Geocoronal Hα Column Emission Intensities, S. M. Nossal, F. L. Roesler, E. J. Mierkiewicz, and R. J. Reynolds
Cluster Observations of Magnetic Field Fluctuations in the High-Altitude Cusp, K. Nykyri, P. J. Cargill, E. Lucek, T. Horbury, B. Lavraud, A. Balogh, M. W. Dunlop, and et al.
Influence of the Hall Term on KH Instability and Reconnection Inside KH Vortices, K. Nykyri and A. Otto
Book Review: The Big Bang: A View from the 21st Century, T. D. Oswalt
Spectroscopic and Photometric Analysis of HS 1136+6646: A Hot Young DAO+K7 V Post-Common-Envelope, Pre-Cataclysmic Variable Binary, D. K. Sing, Terry D. Oswalt, J. B. Holberg, M. R. Burleigh, S. A. Good, and et al.
Correction 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
TOMEX: A Comparison of Lidar and Sounding Rocket Chemical Tracer, M. F. Larsen, Alan Z. Liu, R. L. Bishop, and J. H. Hecht
A Modeling Study of O2 and OH Airglow Perturbations Induced by Atmospheric Gravity Waves, Alan Z. Liu and Gary R. Swenson
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
Ion Cyclotron Waves in the High Altitude Cusp: CLUSTER observations at Varying Spacecraft Separations, K. Nykyri, P. J. Cargill, E. A. Lucek, T. S. Horbury, A. Balogh, B. Lavraud, I. Dandouras, and H. rEME
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
Measurement of the Stochasticity of Low-Latitude Geomagnetic Temporal Variations, Mark Anthony Reynolds and James A. Wanliss
Breaking of Thunderstorm-Generated Gravity Waves as a Source of Short-Period Ducted Waves at Mesopause Altitudes, Jonathan B. Snively and Victor P. Pasko
High Frequency Atmospheric Gravity Wave Damping in the Mesosphere, G. R. Swenson, Alan Z. Liu, F. Li, and J. Tang
Using Optical and Near-Infrared Photometry to Test Macho Lens Candidates, Ted von Hippel and et al.
Seasonal and Nocturnal Variations of the Mesospheric Sodium Layer at Starfire Optical Range, New Mexico, Hu Xiong, Chester S. Gardner, and Alan Z. Liu
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
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
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
Atmospheric Stability and Gravity Wave Dissipation in the Mesopause Region, Chester S. Gardner, Yucheng Zhao, and Alan Z. Liu
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
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
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
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
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
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
Book Review: Neptune: The Planet, Rings and Satellites, T. D. Oswalt
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
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
Gravity Wave Propagation Directions Inferred from Satellite Observations including Smearing Effects, Jason S. Brown and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.
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
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
Reflection of a Long-period Gravity Wave Observed in the Nightglow over Arecibo on May 8–9, 1989?, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.
Acoustic Wave Heating of the Thermosphere, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., G. Schubert, and R. L. Walterscheid
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
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