Hrvoje Petek's Team First to Detect Exciton in Metal

Hrvoje Petek's team of experimental and theoretical physicists and chemists from the University of Pittsburgh and Institute of Zagreb, Croatia, have become the first to detect a fundamental particle of light-matter interaction in metals, the exciton. The teams work is published online in Nature Physics.

PhD Defense-Stefanus

Research Advisor: Dr. Tao Han

"Determination of Dark Matter Mass at Lepton Colliders and Experimental Studies in 2D Turbulence"

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Allen Hall, Room 319 2:00 pm


Congratulations, Class of 2014!

Class of 2014

Our department's Class of 2014 Physics and Astronomy Majors included 20 well-rounded individuals who plan to utilize their Bachelor of Science degree in graduate-level research, software engineering, law, medical physics, and atmospheric studies. Most of our 8 PhD graduates this calendar year have already accepted Post-Doctoral positions around the world. We congratulate them on a job well-done and wish them the best in their future endeavors.

Follow some of their histories in the department through this 2014 Commencement Breakfast Reception Presentation.

PhD Defense-Anja Weyant

Research Advisor: Dr. Michael Wood-Vasey

"Employing Modern Statistics to Explore the Universe with Type la Supernovae"

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Allen Hall, Rm 321 2:00 pm

Goldwater Scholarship and Honorable Mention Awarded to Physics Undergraduates

University of Pittsburgh physics and computer engineering major, Emily Crabb, has been named a 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship winner. Undergraduate physics major, Alexandre Gauthier, received Honorable Mention designation in the national 2014 Goldwater Scholarship competition. Congratulations to both students!

PhD Defense-Brandon Eberly

Research Advisor: Steven A. Dytman

"Characterization of Final State Interaction Strength in Plastic Scintillator by Muon-Neutrino Charged Current Charged Pion Production"

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Room 321 Allen Hall


Professor Sergey Frolov Named Sloan Fellow

Professor Sergey Frolov has been named a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow.

Hrvoje Petek Receives the Morino Award

Hrvoje Petek received the Morino Award for his achievements in spectroscopy from the Morino Foundation on February 10, 2014 at Kyoto University.

2014 Undergraduate Research Poster Session

Wednesday, April 2nd from 12:00 – 12:50pm

Location: O’Hara Student Center Dining Room

Poster submission deadline: Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Please see the following link for information on this event's prizes: 


PhD Defense-Naufer Nusran

Research Advisor: Dr. Gurudev Dutt

"Application of phase estimation algorithms to improve diamond spin magnetometry"

Monday, February 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Room 319 Allen Hall


Announcing the 2014 Thomas Lain Fund Scholarship Essay Competition

Please submit your essay, including cover page and transcript, to Hannah Sweetser in 100 Allen Hall.

Deadline: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 4:00pm

For more information, click here.


Announcing the 2014 Emil Sanielevici Undergraduate Research Scholarship

Please submit all applications to Hannah Sweetser in 100 Allen Hall.

Deadline: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by 4:00 p.m.

For more information, click here.


Discipline Based Science Education Research Center Established at Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences has created the Discipline Based Science Education Research Center (dB-SERC), which will impact and strengthen teaching in the school’s nine natural science departments. Under the leadership of Founding Director Chandralekha Singh, professor of physics and astronomy, dB-SERC will work with faculty members to develop and implement ways of teaching courses that are grounded in research on teaching and learning.

On January 30th at 3:00 pm the lecture by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman will be the center’s inaugural event. Read more here

dB-SERCE Public Lecture: "Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education"

Carl Weiman will present the inaugural public lecture of the Pitt Discipline-based Science Education Research Center, Thursday, Jan 30, 3:00pm at the University Club, ballroom B. more information

PhD Defense-Daniel Matthews

Research Advisor: Jeffrey A. Newman

"Exploring the Distant Universe with Cross-Correlation Statistics"

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:00pm

Room 321 Allen Hall