Egan Presents Poster at Conference


Arika Egan, senior physics and philosophy major, recently attended the 225th American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Seattle, Washington. There, she presented work she did during her summer research experience for undergraduates (REU) at the University of Wyoming.

Her research consisted of obtaining new data on galaxies NGC4242 and UGC07301, analyzing the light intensity as a function of radius, and creating stellar energy distribution graphs, color graphs, and surface brightness profiles for each galaxy.

This information can be used to refine or change current theories of galaxy evolution, which include inside-out and outside-in formation. An interesting observation of her data is on the color graph for NGC4242. From the center of the galaxy, the color becomes more blue, then more red.

Since older stars are redder and younger stars are younger, this implies that the newer stars exist on the inside of the galaxy, supporting outside in galaxy formation.  Work with this data will be continued at the University of Wyoming, with a paper to be published in the future.

Wilbern Presents Research, Accepts Internship


Daniel Wilbern, NMU physics major, presented his research on measurement of the mean lifetime of Muon Particples at the 2014 Argonne Science Symposium for Undergraduates at Argonne Laboratories in Illinois. Daniel has been working on this research with his mentor, Dr. William Tireman (Physics).

This coming summer, Wilbern will participate in a Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) at Argonne National Laboratory where he will work on the project ATLAS W' to tb. The following is a description of the summer program: It coincides with the start of the LHC Run-II data taking at a new previously unreachable center of mass energy. Amongst the most interesting results in this new energy regime are searches for new massive particles.  One such search carried out by the Argonne ATLAS group is for a new W' decaying to a top and bottom quark. The search is performed in the hadronic final state making use of jet substructure techniques developed specifically for this analysis. The student will contribute directly to the data analysis comparing data with simulation to calibrate the novel jet substructure techniques in a data driven way with the new data.




News and Information


Reinardt Named AISES Award Recipient

Biidaaban "Daabii" Reinhardt, a sophomore studying physics at NMU, and a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, has been named one of thirty recipients of a new American Indian Science and Engineering (AISES) award. The award, Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), is funded by the National Science Foundation. Read about Daabii's experiences at the AISES National Conference.



Dr. William Tireman and Collaborators Publish Results of Nucleon-Nucleon Experiment

Dr. Tireman in collaboration with the E07-006 collaboration at Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory (JLab) in Newport News, VA has completed an experiment designed to study the nucleon-nucleon short range repulsive core. Learn more


24th Annual Argonne Science Symposium for Undergraduates in STEM

A group of 33 students from various NMU departmenst traveled to the Chicago area to attend the 24th annual Science Symposium at Argonne National Laboratory. Four students from NMU had the opportunity to present their research. NMU physics major, Daniel Wilbern, gave a presentation entitled, "Measurement of the Mean Lifetime of Muon Particles".

Outstanding graduating senior

Physics Academic Program Video
Physics Student TalkingStudents talk about their experiences and opportunities within the major of Physics. See the Video Here
Learn More About the Physics Department at NMU

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Interested in majoring or minoring in physics at NMU but not sure what to expect? Check out this video made by the physics department to see and hear what the physics department is all about.

Physics Career Options

What can you do with a career in physics?  Click here for a PowerPoint presentation. Also click here for a PowerPoint presentation about major and minor combinations incorporating physics. The opportunities are almost too numerous to mention. Click here for some examples of physics-related careers provided by the American Institute of Physics.

Student Research
D_Wilbern_Celebration250.jpgPhysics undergraduate students often have opportunities to participate in research and present their findings at professional conferences. Daniel Wilbern (pictured) has presented research about time-of-flight and position dispersion in plastic scintillator detectors.  Read more about NMU student research.