Department News

Exploring the fourth state of matter: WVU plasma physics research project earns $2.25M in federal funding

Within the Department of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University, PHASMA, a complex, one-of-its-kind-in-the-world experiment composed of vacuum pumps, electromagnets and lab-created plasma is revealing new details about how the Universe functions.

Exploring Innovation in Appalachia: an Undergraduate Research Symposium

 Event is August 11, 2021, at West Virginia University

Uncovering secrets of the sun

 West Virginia University physicists are uncovering secrets of the sun’s turbulent surface in the lab.

KINETIC Center Journal Club: Exploring the Relationship Between Turbulence and Electron-Only Reconnection with Magnetospheric Multiscale

 Dr. Julia E. Stawarz will speak on "Exploring the Relationship Between Turbulence and Electron-Only Reconnection with Magnetospheric Multiscale."

Kinetic Center Journal Club presents "Suprathermal Ion Transport in Turbulent Plasmas"

 Dr. Marcelo Baquero
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
March 5, 11:30 AM (EST)

WVU astrophysicist recognized as emerging leader in research

A West Virginia University astrophysicist is among this year’s Sloan Fellows, scholars recognized as emerging leaders in science.Sarah Burke-Spolaor, an assistant professor of astronomy, is one of 128 young faculty members from the U.S. and Canada to receive the competitive award.  

Kinetic Center Journal Club presents "3D PIC Simulations of Particle Acceleration in Relativistic Jets with Helical Magnetic Fields"

 3D PIC Simulations of Particle Acceleration in Relativistic
Jets with Helical Magnetic Fields
Dr. Kenichi Nishikawa
Alabama A&M University
February 5, 11:30 AM (EST)

Student Comings and Goings

The department is pleased to welcome our new class of 13 first year graduate students, four of who are on university fellowships:  Aleksandra Abova-Volkova, Joseph Benigno, Victoria Blackmon (DuBois Graduate Fellowship), Graham Doskoch (University Provost Fellowship), William Eshbaugh, Joe Kulikowski, Tyler Matheny, Amanda Nemeth (University Provost Fellowship), John Pace (STEM Fellowship), Hasith Perara, Andres Tellez Mora, and Braden Warr.  This cohort is working in all our research areas and comes from Kansas, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Finland, Mexico, Sri Lanka, and, of course, West Virginia.