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 2004
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
The White Dwarf Luminosity Function: The Shape of Things to Come, Ted von Hippel, M. Kilie, J. Munn, K. Williams, J. Libert, D. E. Winget, T. S. Metcalfe, and Et al.
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
Multisite Observations of the PMS δ Delta Scuti Star V351 Ori, V. Ripepi, Terry D. Oswalt, M. Marconi, S. Bernabei, and Et al.
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
Identification of Cool White Dwarfs in the Noao Deep Wide-Field Survey, M. Kilic, Don E. Winget, T. von Hippel, and C.F. Claver
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
Automated Stellar Spectral Classification and Parameterization for the Masses, Ted von Hippel, Carlos Allende Prieto, and Chris Sneden
WIYN Open Cluster Study XI: WIYN1 3.5m Deep Photometry of M35 (NGC 2168), Ted von Hippel, Aaron Steinhauer, Ata Sarajedini, and Constantine P. Deliyannis
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
A Determination of the Local Density of White Dwarf Stars, J. B. Holberg, Terry D. Oswalt, and E. M. sion
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
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
White Dwarfs in Common Proper Motion Binary Systems: Mass Distribution and Kinematics, Nicole M. Silvestri, Terry D. Oswalt, Matt A. Wood, J. Allyn Smith, I. Neill Reid, and Edward M. Sion
Three-Dimensional Spectral Classification of Low-Metallicity Stars Using Artificial Neural Networks, Shawn Snider, Ted von Hippel, and et al.
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
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
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
Resolving Ambiguities in Gravity Wave Propagation Directions Inherent in Satellite Observations: A Simulation Study, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D. and Jason S. Brown
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
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
Book Review: 3-D Atlas of Stars and Galaxies, T. D. Oswalt
The White Dwarf Cooling Age of the Open Cluster NGC 2420, Ted von Hippel and Gerard Gilmore
Submissions from 1999
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
Gravity Wave Characteristics in the Lower Atmosphere at South Pole, Matt Pfenniger, Alan Z. Liu, George C. Papen, and Chester S. Gardner
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
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
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
Steps Toward Determination of the Size and Structure of the Broad-Line Region in Active Galactic Nuclei. XII. Ground-Based Monitoring of 3C 390.3, M. Dietrich, Terry D. Oswalt, B. M. Peterson, P. Albrecht, M. Altmann, and et al.
Detection of Intergalactic Red-Giant-Branch Stars in the Virgo Cluster, Henry C. Ferguson, Ted von Hippel, and Nial R. Tanvir
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
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
Maintenance of Circulation Anomalies during the 1988 Drought and 1993 Floods over the United States, Alan Z. Liu, Mingfang Ting, and Hailan Wang
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
Ion Bernstein Waves Driven by Two Transverse Flow Layers, Mark Anthony Reynolds and G. Ganguli
A Model for Calculating Acoustic Gravity Wave Energy and Momentum Flux in the Mesosphere from OH Airglow, Gary R. Swenson and Alan Z. Liu
Contribution of White Dwarfs to Cluster Masses, Ted von Hippel
WIYN Open Cluster Study. I. Deep Photometry of NGC188, Ted von Hippel and Ata Sarajedini
Submissions from 1997
Physical Parameterization of Stellar Spectra: The Neural Network Approach, Coryn A.L. Bailer-Jones, Ted von Hippel, Mike Irwin, and Gerard Gilmore
GDR in Superdeformed Nuclei, F. Camera, A. Bracco, A. Atac, R. Bark, I. G. Bearden, J. J. Gaardhoje, B. Herskind, M. Kmiecik, S. Leoni, M. Mattiuzzi, A. Maj, and G. Turri
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
Velocity–Space Drag and Diffusion in a Model, Two-Dimensional Plasma, Mark Anthony Reynolds, B.D. Fried, and G.J. Morales
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
Automated Classification of Stellar Spectra. II: Two-Dimensional Classification with Neural Networks and Principal Components Analysis, Ted von Hippel, Coryn A.L. Bailer-Jones, and Mike Irwin
Stellar Populations and the White Dwarf Mass Function: Connections To Supernova Ia Luminosities, Ted von Hippel, G. D. Bothum, and R. A. Schommer
Submissions from 1996
High-Frequency Fluctuations of a Modulated, Helical Electron Beam, Mark Anthony Reynolds
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
Main Sequence Masses and Radii from Gravitational Redshifts, Ted von Hippel
The Metallicity Dependence of the Stellar Luminosity and Initial Mass Functions: HST Observations of Open and Globular Clusters, Ted von Hippel, Gerard Gilmore, Nial R. Tanvir, David Robinson, and Derek H.P. Jones
Submissions from 1995
A Chemical-dynamical Model of Wave-driven Sodium Fluctuations, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D. and John M.C. Plane
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
An Independent Calibration of Stellar Ages: HST Observations of White Dwarfs at V=25, Ted von Hippel, Gerard Gilmore, and D.H.P. Jones
Submissions from 1994
Wave-modified Mean Exothermic Heating in the Mesopause Region, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D. and R. L. Walterscheid
New Sources for the Hot Oxygen Geocorona, P. G. Richards, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., and D. G. Torr
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
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
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
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
Submissions from 1986
Periods of EO and FV Comae Berenices and the Functional Forms of Their O-C Diagrams, Mark Anthony Reynolds