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Kenning Publishes Experimental Determination of the Critical Spin-Glass Correlation Length

Professor of Physics Gregory Kenning published “Experimental determination of the critical spin-glass correlation length in single-crystal CuMn” in Physical Review B.

Posted on 10/14/2020 4:55:09 PM

Talwar Publishes Anisotropic Optical Phonons

Professor Emeritus Devki Talwar published “Anisotropic optical phonons in MOCVD grown Si-doped GaN/Sapphire epilayers” in the journal Materials Science & Engineering B.

Posted on 9/28/2020 9:00:41 AM

The Innovators: Measuring Freshness a Better Way

If you judge the freshness of milk by the sell-by date, a better measure may be coming soon. Gregory Kenning, IUP professor of physics, has developed a sensor that can mimic the decay of milk and other products. Simply scanning the sensor, if applied to the product’s packaging, one day could provide ultimate insight into a product’s remaining usable life.

Posted on 9/11/2020 11:49:47 AM

Physics Truck Visits IUP

Students and faculty are invited to sample a buffet of hands-on advanced laboratory experiments with the 44-foot “Food Truck for the Physics Mind,” outfitted with a wide variety of advanced physics experiments, all powered up and ready to take measurements on Tuesday, October 8.

Posted on 10/3/2019 8:33:11 PM

Physics Department Seminar: “Electron Scattering and Transport in Graphene Devices”

Join us on Friday, April 12, at 2:30 p.m. in Weyandt Hall, Room 331 for “Electron Scattering and Transport in Graphene Devices.”

Posted on 4/8/2019 9:29:14 AM

IUP Physics Olympics, April 5

On Friday, April 5, the IUP Student Physics Club will host the annual Physics Olympics. More than 100 high school physics students will compete in various physics contests such as Jeopardy, building boats out of aluminum, and making a tower out of spaghetti.

Posted on 4/2/2019 12:21:06 PM

Physics Seminar: “Quantifying Gas Flaring CH4 Consumption”

Join us on Friday, November 2, for “Quantifying Gas Flaring CH4 Consumption Using Remote Sensing Data,” presented by B. Shogli, PhD.

Posted on 10/31/2018 4:36:19 PM

Talwar Publishes Article in the Journal “Materials Science and Engineering B”

Devki Talwar published a paper in the journal Materials Science and Engineering B titled “On the pressure-dependent phonon characteristics and anomalous thermal expansion coefficient of 3C-SiC.”

Posted on 5/2/2018 9:58:40 AM

IUP Chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma to Conduct Induction Ceremony

The IUP chapter of the Sigma Pi Sigma physics honors society will induct new members on Friday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in G98 Wallwork Hall.

Posted on 4/25/2018 11:53:13 AM

Physics Students Vought and Hagood Present Research at American Association of Physics Teachers

Undergraduate physics education students Brandon Vought and Kathryn Hagood made a presentation at the Western Pennsylvania section meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Posted on 3/26/2018 1:02:18 PM

Haija, Numan, and Freeman Publish Optics Text

Professors Ajawad Haija and M.Z. Numan, both from the Physics Department, and professor emeritus W. Larry Freeman, retired Physics faculty, have published a high-level optics text titled “Concise Optics: Concepts, Examples, and Problems.”

Posted on 3/8/2018 9:29:55 AM

Kenning Receives Department of Energy Grant

Gregory Kenning of the Department of Physics has received a three-year extension to his Department of Energy grant to continue investigations in “Phase Transitions at the Meso and Nano scale.”

Posted on 2/1/2018 12:48:23 PM

Talwar Serves as Organizational Committee Member for Lasers, Optics, and Photonics Conference and Exhibition

IUP faculty member Devki Talwar served as session chair for the organizational committee of the eighth International Conference and Exhibition on Lasers, Optics, and Photonics, November 15–17 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Posted on 11/29/2017 4:57:04 PM

New Publications by Physics’ Hamidi

Sajad Hamidi, an environmental engineer in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Physics Department, has published two peer-reviewed papers.

Posted on 11/8/2017 3:45:47 PM

Talwar Publishes Joint MIT Publication

Devki Talwar, Department of Physics, published a paper with Professor P. Becla of MIT in the Journal of Material Sciences and Engineering titled "Polarization dependent reflectivity and transmission for Cd1-xZnxTe/Gaas (001) epifilms in the Far-infrared and Near-infrared to ultraviolet region."

Posted on 9/28/2017 9:11:53 AM

Physics Alliance Meeting September 29

The Physics Department will host a Physics Alliance meeting on Friday, September 29. The highlight of the meeting will be a “make-and-take” where participants will build a “Lenz’s Law” demonstration apparatus.

Posted on 9/19/2017 11:00:30 AM

Talwar Publishes in “Science and Technology of Advanced Materials”

Devki Talwar published a paper in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials on December 21, 2016, titled “Simulating far infrared spectra of Zn1-xMnxSe/GaAs epifilms, MnSe/ZnSe superlattices and predicting impurity modes of N, P defects in Zn1-xMnxSe.”

Posted on 9/14/2017 7:30:39 PM

Hamidi Lectures at World Environmental and Water Resources Congress

Sajad Hamidi of the IUP Physics Department gave two lectures at the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress in May 2017.

Posted on 8/16/2017 2:56:01 PM

Professor Devki Talwar Presents Key Note Lecture

Devki Talwar of the Physics Department was part of the organizational team of an International Conference on Laser Optics and Photonics held November 28–30, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia. At the conference, he presented a key note lecture.

Posted on 5/15/2017 1:04:22 PM

IUP to Host Physics Olympics

Eighty students from Pennsylvania high schools will participate in the IUP Physics Olympics on Friday, April 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Weyandt Hall.

Posted on 4/11/2017 1:43:10 PM

Sobolewski Discusses Replacing Lab Manual with Learning Management System in Physics Investigations for K-4 Pre-Service Teachers

Stan Sobolewski gave a talk on “Replacing the Lab Manual with a Learning Management System in Physics Investigations for K-4 Pre-Service Teachers” at the national American Association of Physics Teachers winter meeting, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia, February 18–21, 2017.

Posted on 3/10/2017 3:21:23 PM

Physics Student Sobolewski Presents on Perception of Errors in Video Games

Physics student Ted Sobolewski presented “Students’ Perception of Errors in Video Games” at the national American Association of Physics Teachers winter meeting, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia, February 18–21, 2017.

Posted on 3/6/2017 12:20:21 PM

Bradshaw and Numan Discuss Authentic Communication in Physics Lab Course

John Bradshaw and Muhammad Numan presented “Fostering Authentic Communication in an Intermediate Physics Lab Course” at the national American Association of Physics Teachers winter meeting, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia, February 18–21, 2017.

Posted on 2/23/2017 6:03:56 PM

Kenning Publishes Paper on Glassy Dynamics

On February 6, 2017, Gregory Kenning published "Glassy dynamics in CuMn thin-film multilayers" in Physical Review B.

Posted on 2/21/2017 3:41:27 PM

Kenning Receives Funding for Nanoscale Phase Transitions Study

Gregory Kenning has received a third year of funding from the Department of Energy to study Phase Transitions at the Nanoscale.

Posted on 2/13/2017 9:26:26 PM

Physics Seminar: Trapping the Sun with Nanotechnology in Solar Cells

Atilla Cakmak (Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization) will discuss the importance of nanostructures for light trapping for designing ultra-thin novel solar cells on Friday, November 11, at 2:30 p.m. in Weyandt 331.

Posted on 11/8/2016 11:47:25 AM

Science Inspires Series: Kenning to Present on Nanotechnology, Time, and Temperature

Gregory Kenning, Department of Physics, will end this semester’s SIS lectures on November 10 with a presentation on two sets of studies: understanding memory effects in materials, and the discovery of nanomagnetic electronics and an array of possible applications.

Posted on 11/4/2016 11:48:38 AM

Talwar Publishes on “Infrared and Raman Characteristics of . . . Short period Superlattices”

Devki Talwar of the Physics Department published a paper titled “Infrared and Raman Characteristics of Bulk Cd1-xMnxTe and (MnTe)m/(CdTe)n Short period Superlattices” in Materials Letters.

Posted on 10/11/2016 12:28:13 PM

Talwar Serves on Material Science Board

Devki Talwar, Department of Physics,  served as a member of the organizing committee of the Fifth World Congress on Materials Science and Engineering, June 13–15, 2016, in Alicante, Spain.

Posted on 9/12/2016 8:07:43 PM

IUP Hosts Western PA Section Meeting for the AAPT

The IUP Physics Department recently hosted the spring meeting of the Western Pennsylvania Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Posted on 4/4/2016 8:17:25 AM

Talwar Publishes Paper on Optical, Phonon, Thermal, and Defect Properties of 3C-SiC/S (001)

Devki Talwar, Department of Physics, published “Probing optical, phonon, thermal and defect properties of 3C–SiC/Si (001)” in the journal Diamonds and Related Materials.

Posted on 3/3/2016 9:51:41 AM

Electron Microscopy in Material Characterization

Chunfei Li, from Clarion University of Pa., will present this seminar on Friday, February 26, at 2:30 p.m. in Weyandt Hall, room 331. The talk will use examples to demonstrate this strength of electronmicroscopy.

Posted on 2/23/2016 2:37:11 PM

Physics Seminar: “How to Learn to Love the BOSS”

Shirley Ho, assistant professor of Physics at McWilliams Center forCosmology, Carnegie Mellon University, will discuss the Baryon OscillationsSpectroscopic Survey at the Physics Department Seminar on Friday, September 25.

Posted on 9/22/2015 3:50:52 PM

Talwar Invited to Present a Talk at Science Conclave with Nobel Laureates

Devki Talwar was invited to attend and participate in the seventh Science Conclave with Nobel Laureates held at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (IIIT-A), on December 8–12, 2014.

Posted on 4/24/2015 9:44:53 AM

PHYS 131 General Physics with Calculus Offered Summer Session One

PHYS 131 General Physics 1 is being offered during the summer in session 1. Non-IUP students are more than welcome to attend.

Posted on 4/13/2015 10:25:15 AM

Physics Seminar: Additive Manufacturing of Electronics on the Microscale Level

Volker Heydemann, senior scientist at Advantech U.S.,Inc. will present this seminar on Friday, April 10, at 2:30 p.m. in Weyandt Hall, room 331.

Posted on 4/6/2015 11:30:58 AM

Talwar Gives Invited Keynote Address at International Engineering Conference in Moscow

Devki Talwar was invited to deliver a keynote address at the International Conferenceon Engineering and Telecommunication Technologies, held at the Moscow Instituteof Physics and Technology on November 24–28, 2014.

Posted on 4/6/2015 11:26:50 AM

Cosmic Physics Seminar: “Low Temperature Physics: Making Molecules on Stardust”

Gianfranco Vidali, professor of physics at Syracuse University, will present this seminar on Friday, March 27, at 2:30 p.m. in Weyandt Hall, room 331.

Posted on 3/19/2015 11:04:48 AM

Alumna Rost to Present Seminar on Entropically-Stabilized Oxides

On Friday, February 20, Christina Rost of North Carolina State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering will present a seminar, “Entropically-Stabilized Oxides: Exploring a Novel Class of Multi-component Materials.”

Posted on 2/19/2015 5:51:04 PM

Electro-Optics Experience Day, December 5

The Electro-Optics and Laser Engineering Technology program will host an Electro-Optics Experience Day for high school seniors who are interested in engineering and technology on Friday, December 5.

Posted on 11/19/2014 2:23:55 PM

Talwar Publishes On Optical Properties of As-Grown InN/sapphire Films

Devki Talwar of the Physics Department published “Optical properties of plasma-assistedmolecular beam epitaxy grown InN/sapphire”in the November 2014 issue of Optical Materials.

Posted on 11/17/2014 12:01:56 PM

Talwar Publishes on Phonon Modes

Devki Talwar, Physics, published “Phonon modes and Raman intensity profiles in zinc-blende BN/GaN superlattices” in the January 2014 issue of Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics.

Posted on 10/20/2014 12:34:52 PM

Talwar Helps Organize International Conference and Exhibition on Lasers, Optics, and Photonics

Devki Talwar, Physics Department, presented his work on“Antimony-based short period superlattices for long-wavelength infraredphotodetection applications.”

Posted on 9/22/2014 8:44:42 AM

Alumnus Hauge Accepts Physics Teaching Position at Apollo-Ridge High School

Dave Hauge, a graduate from the IUP Physics Education program, has joined the faculty of the Apollo-Ridge High School as physics and advanced algebra teacher.

Posted on 9/11/2014 12:03:29 PM

Talwar Publishes on X-Ray Absorption

Devki Talwar, Physics, published a paper titled“Extended x-ray absorption fine structure and micro-Raman spectra of Bridgmangrown Cd1−xZnxTe ternary alloys.”

Posted on 9/2/2014 4:44:58 PM

Physics Alumnus Lehaman is New Faculty Member at Indiana Area High School

Michael Lehamann, a recent graduate from the IUP graduate Physics program, is a new member of the Indiana Area High School faculty.

Posted on 8/28/2014 10:35:40 AM

Talwar to Help Organize International Conference on Lasers

Devki Talwar wasinvited to serve as a member of the organizing committee of the 2014International Conference and Exhibition on Lasers, Optics, and Photonics.

Posted on 6/25/2014 12:12:08 PM

Karimi Publishes on Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Brittle Fracture

Majid Karimi, Physics, published “Molecular dynamics simulations of brittle fracture in fcc crystalline materials in the presence of defects” in Computational Materials Science.

Posted on 6/16/2014 11:22:09 AM

Talwar to Serve as Program Reviewer for Engineering Directorate

Devki Talwar, Physics, has been invited to serve as a program reviewer to review several graduate research proposals by the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Directorate.

Posted on 6/16/2014 11:15:30 AM

Physics Department Deeply Saddened by Loss of Dr. Dennis Whitson

Dennis Whitson of Indiana, Pa., passed awayon May 3, 2014, at the age of 74 after a long struggle with Parkinson’sDisease.

Posted on 5/7/2014 9:00:04 AM

Talwar Publishes on Zinc-Blende BN/GaN Superlattices

Devki Talwar published aresearch article titled “Atypical phonon modes in zinc-blende BN/GaNsuperlattices” in Applied Physics Letters.

Posted on 4/24/2014 1:51:16 PM

Seminar: High Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory

Miguel Mostafa from Penn State University will discuss the High Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory on April 18, 2014.

Posted on 4/17/2014 11:46:58 AM

Physics Olympics Held at IUP

The 2014 Physics Olympics takes place April 11. Organized and funded by the IUP Physics Club, it’s an annual event where high school students from all over Western Pennsylvania put their physics skills to the test.

Posted on 4/8/2014 10:22:30 PM

Talwar to Discuss “Novel-Nitride Based Quantum Wells and Superlattices

Devki Talwar, Physics, was invited to attend andpresent his research work at the International Conference on Nanomaterials at the WesternUniversity, London Ontario, Canada.

Posted on 4/8/2014 10:08:34 PM

Freda and Sobolewski Present on Peer Tutoring in a Non-Majors Physics Class

Ron Freda and Stanley Sobolewski presented “The Effectiveness of PeerInstruction on Non-Science Students Enrolled In A Physical Science Class” on April 5, 2014, at the WPA-AAPT regional meeting.

Posted on 4/8/2014 9:51:04 PM

Matolyak and Haija Publish Text on Essential Physics for Non-Physics Majors

JohnMatolyak and Ajawad Haija both of the IUP Physics Department, recently had theirnon-calculus general physics textbook published.

Posted on 3/25/2014 11:32:34 AM

Seminar: Organic Thin Films

Min Soo Lim from Slippery Rock University will present “Organic Thin Films and Their Chemical and Nano-tribological Properties” on Friday, March 14.

Posted on 3/11/2014 9:25:09 AM

Talwar Presents Research, “Novel-nitride based Quantum Wells and Superlattices”

Devki Talwar, Physics, was invited to attend and present his research work titled “Novel nitride based Quantum Wells and Superlattices” at the International Conference on Nanomaterials at the Western University, London Ontario, Canada.

Posted on 3/4/2014 12:27:40 PM

Seminar: Multiscale Modeling and Simuation of Organic Solar Cells

Guangyong Li, University of Pittsburgh, will present this physics seminar on February 28, 2014.

Posted on 2/25/2014 4:48:33 PM

Talwar Presents at Workshop on 40 Years of Man-Made Electronic Materials and Devices

Devki Talwar, Department of Physics, presented two papers at a workshop at the University of North Carolina recognizing 40 years of the “Development of Man-Made Electronic Materials and Devices: Past and Future.”

Posted on 2/20/2014 10:48:14 AM

Matolyak Publishes on Essential Physics for Non-Physics Majors

The textbook is directed at non-physics science majors and stresses the physics essentials needed by students in the non-physics sciences.

Posted on 1/30/2014 11:03:23 AM

Seminar on Nanotechnology Track Option for NSM majors

Learn about the exciting future in nanotechnology manufacturing with “Nanotechnology Applications, Research, and Educational Opportunities” on October 18, 2013.

Posted on 10/15/2013 9:52:32 AM

IUP Alliance for High School Physics

On Friday, September 27, the Physics Department will host a workshop for local physics high school teachers. The workshop will cover topics such as nanotechnology manufacturing, engineering, and electro-optics.

Posted on 9/19/2013 12:23:58 PM

Talwar Publishes on Vibrational Spectra of Gas-Source Molecular Beam Epitaxy Grown Dilute

Devki Talwar, Department of Physics, is the lead author of an article that appeared in the Semiconductors section of Volume 102, Issue 5, of the journal Applied Physics Letters.

Posted on 6/17/2013 12:22:33 PM

Electro-Optics Summer Camp

Register now for the 2013 Electro-Optics Summer Camp, June 24–27!

Posted on 6/4/2013 12:26:09 PM

Talwar Publishes on Bridgman-grown Zinc-blende Ternary Alloys

Devki Talwar, Department of Physics, coauthored “Structural and Dynamical Properties of Bridgman-grown Cd SexTe1−x ( 0 Physical Review.

Posted on 5/31/2013 1:56:26 PM

Zhou Presents Paper on Photonics and Nanotechnology

Andy Feng Zhou, electro-optics coordinator in the Department of Physics, gave a presentation titled “Photonics and Nano—A Match Made in Heaven” at the 2013 Micro Nano Technology Conference.

Posted on 5/28/2013 5:25:22 PM

Annual Physics Olympics, April 19 in the HUB

The IUP Physics Club will host the 2013 Physics Olympics. High school physics students from around the state compete in events requiring the application of their physics knowledge.

Posted on 4/10/2013 3:45:20 PM

Physics Club to Host Annual Physics Olympics

On April 16, 2012, up to 75 area high school students will compete in events that test their analytical and problem solving skills.

Posted on 4/14/2012 7:30:18 AM

Physics Seminar: “Improving Optical Traps for Single-Molecule and Motor Protein Research”

Daniel Cole, from Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, will present “Improving Optical Traps for Single-Molecule and Motor Protein Research” on Friday, December 2, 2011.

Posted on 11/30/2011 2:25:51 PM

Physics Department Seeks New Faculty in Nanotechnology for Energy and Environment

The Department of Physics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Physics of Nanoscale Materials, preferably with applications in energy and environment.

Posted on 11/11/2011 9:49:05 PM

Talwar and Zhou Discuss Nanotechnology and Electro-Optics

Dr. Devki Talwar and Dr. Andrew Zhou, Department of Physics, participated at the Hi-TEC conference in San Francisco July 24–28, 2011.

Posted on 8/9/2011 9:39:04 PM

Physics Club Hosts Physics Olympics to Close Out 2010–2011 Year

On April 15, 2011, the IUP Physics Club hosted a successful Physics Olympics for surrounding high schools.

Posted on 5/6/2011 3:24:15 PM

Talwar Speaks in India and Taiwan about Physics Faculty Research

From December 2010 to January 2011, Dr. Devki Talwar, Department of Physics, attended three international conferences in India and also presented invited talks.

Posted on 4/18/2011 11:15:10 AM

Several Physics Faculty Members Published in Top Peer-Reviewed Journals

The IUP Department of Physics would like to extend its congratulations to several members of the faculty who published journal articles in top peer-reviewed journals this past year.

Posted on 3/17/2011 8:49:47 AM

Physics Department Welcomes Visiting Scholar

The Physics Department is very excited to welcome visiting scholar Alberto Baldelli from Italy.

Posted on 2/3/2011 3:02:24 PM

Physics Department Raises More than $600 for Salvation Army

The Physics Department raised more than $600 for Salvation Army for the 2010 holiday season to support a local family.

Posted on 12/16/2010 1:42:32 PM

Physics Fall 2010 Seminar Series: Student Summer Internships

The Department of Physics has finalized its Fall 2010 Colloquium Series with nine speakers presenting their research on Fridays at 2:30 p.m. in Weyandt Hall, Room 331.

Posted on 10/19/2010 8:30:02 AM

Physics Department Seeks Temporary Teaching Faculty Member

The IUP Physics Department is looking for qualified individuals to fill an anticipated temporary teaching position in Fall 2010 and Spring 2011.

Posted on 6/30/2010 2:16:29 PM

Talwar Attends Semiconductor-based Pressure Sensor Workshop

Devki Talwar, Department of Physics, was one of the five faculty members from undergraduate institutions across the nation who participated in a hands-on Semiconductor-based Pressure Sensor Workshop, October 13–17, 2009, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Posted on 11/6/2009 10:08:36 AM

Physics Alumna Janicka Publishes on “Quantum Nature of Two-Dimensional Electron Gas”

Karolina Janicka, who graduated with an M.S. degree in 2005 under the supervision of Dr. Devki Talwar, published an article titled “Quantum Nature of Two-Dimensional Electron Gas at LaAl03/SrTiO3 Interfaces” in Physical Review Letters, Vol. 102, 106803 (2009).

Posted on 10/5/2009 3:16:10 PM

American Association of Physics Teachers Meeting October 3

The Western Pennsylvania Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers fall meeting will take place on October 3, 2009. Anyone interested in Physics is welcome to attend.

Posted on 9/29/2009 11:42:46 AM

Alumnus Wood Admitted into Physics Ph.D. Program at University of South Carolina

After finishing his M.S. degree in 2009, Joshua D. Wood was admitted into the physics Ph.D. program with graduate assistantship at the University of South Carolina.

Posted on 9/13/2009 12:57:17 PM

Talwar Publishes Chapter in Physics Book

Devki Talwar recently published a book chapter in The Springer Series in Materials Science — Dilute III-V Nitride Semiconductors and Material Systems: Physics and Technology.

Posted on 8/27/2009 12:05:00 PM

Going High Tech at the Electro-Optics Summer Camp

Science-oriented students can head to IUP’s 2009 Electro-Optics summer camp at the Northpointe campus. Technology-minded campers will learn about things such as electronics, wave optics, fiber optics, holography, infrared imaging, lasers, and nanotechnology.

Posted on 6/3/2009 1:19:49 PM

Incorporate Nanotechnology Into Your Studies

By 2015, 50 percent of all new advanced technology products will incorporate nanotechnology. Will you have the training necessary to compete in tomorrow’s workforce? Students in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics are invited to learn about a new opportunity.

Posted on 9/16/2008 9:49:25 AM

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