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 2008
Excitation of Ducted Gravity Waves in the Lower Thermosphere by Tropospheric Sources, Jonathan B. Snively and Victor P. Pasko
Electron Density and Electron Neutral Collision Frequency in the Ionosphere Using Plasma Impedance Probe Measurement, E. Spencer, S. Patra, T. Andriyas, C. Swenson, J. Ward, and Aroh Barjatya
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.
On the Variability of Mesospheric OH Emission Profiles, Romina Nikoukar, Gary R. Swenson, Alan Z. Liu, and Farzad Kamalabadi
The First Detection of Diffuse Interstellar [OII] Emission and Confirmation That Variations in [NII]/Hα Trace Variations in Temperature, R. J. Reynolds, E. J. Mierkiewicz, F. L. Roesler, J. M. Harlander, and K. P. Jaehnig
Measurements of Mesospheric Sodium Abundance above the Hawaiian Islands, Lewis C. Roberts, Jr.; L. William Bradford; Christopher R. Neyman; and Alan Z. Liu
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
Optical Absorption, Depolarization, and Scatter of Epitaxial Single-Crystal Chemical-Vapor-Deposited Diamond at 1.064 μm, Giorgio Turri, Ying Chen, and Michael Bass
Optical Properties of Epitaxial Single-Crystal Chemical-Vapor-Deposited Diamond, Giorgio Turri, Ying Chen, Michael Bass, David Orchard, and James E. Butler
LP 133-373: A New Chromospherically Active Eclipsing dMe Binary with a Distant, Cool White Dwarf Companion, T. R. Vaccaro, M. Rudkin, A. Kawka, S. Vennes, Terry D. Oswalt, and et al.
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
The New Class of Dusty Daz White Dwarfs, Ted von Hippel and et al.
Discovery of Photospheric Calcium Line-Strength Variations in the Dazd White Dwarf G29-38, Ted von Hippel and Susan E. Thompson
The Metallicity Distribution of Intracluster Stars in Virgo, Benjamin F. Willaims, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
Virgo’s Intracluster Globular Clusters as Seen by the Advanced Camera for Surveys, Benjamin F. Williams, Robin Ciardullo, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
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