Colloquium: Kate Ross

September 28, 2020

“Quantum Magnetism” Kate Ross Colorado State University Monday, Sept. 28th at 4:00pm When interactions are strong between spins on a lattice, complex many-body collective effects can occur. With low spin values like S=1/2, quantum mechanical effects can play a both a qualitative and quantitative role in determining these collective behaviors. [Read More…] Join Zoom Meeting [Read More...]

Colloquium: Ron Walsworth

September 21, 2020

“Quantum Diamond Sensors” Ron Walsworth University of Maryland Monday, Sept. 21st at 4:00pm The nitrogen–vacancy (NV) quantum defect in diamond is a leading modality for magnetic, electrical, temperature, and force sensing with high spatial resolution (nanometers to millimeters) under ambient conditions. [Read More…] Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 928 4261 1622 Passcode: 1875   [Read More...]

Colloquium: June Lau

September 14, 2020

“Laser-free GHz stroboscopic TEM: construction, deployment, and benchmarking” June Lau NIST, Gaithersburg, MD Monday, September 14th at 4:00pm In the previous two decades, important technological advancements have expanded the range of temporal resolution in transmission electron microscopes (TEM). Commercial direct-counting and single-electron detectors have revealed dynamics in the ms-timescale. Laser-actuated photoemission microscopes [1, 2] combined [Read More...]

Colloquium: Walter Toki

August 31, 2020

“Search for CP violation in Neutrino Oscillations” Walter Toki Colorado State University Monday, August 31st at 4:00pm In this colloquium, a pedagogical discussion will be presented of neutrino physics and the recent measurements by the T2K collaboration of 3 sigma evidence of CP violation in neutrino oscillations. This has been published in the journal Nature. [Read More...]

Department Meet and Greet

August 24, 2020

Dear colleagues, As part of our start to the fall 2020 semester, we will hold a welcome event as we traditionally have on the first Monday of classes during the regular colloquium time slot.  All graduate students, faculty, and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend. This year will of course be different in that [Read More...]


July 23, 2020

Comet NEOWISE, discovered on March 27, 2020 by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission, has been dazzling the sky as of late and won’t be back around for another 6,800 years. To see the comet, it’s recommended that you are in a location away from city lights with an unobstructed view of [Read More...]

Mark Bradley Advances the Field in Ion Bombardment

July 6, 2020

Mark Bradley portrait  A member of the Physics department for 33 years, Professor Mark Bradley serves the department as the associate chair for research. Bradley’s research is taking on exciting new directions, so we asked him to reflect on his current research and the future challenges ahead.    Will you please provide an overview of your current research and recent discoveries?  When an energetic [Read More...]

Walter Toki – The Story Behind T2K

July 6, 2020

Toki headshotWith the recent successful results of the T2K collaboration, we asked Professor Walter Toki to share the story behind his work on the T2K experiment, as well as reflect on his broader career.  When and why did you start working on T2K project? What sparked your interest?  After finishing my work on the BaBar experiment in which the collaboration observed CP violation in B meson oscillations, I participated in writing a proposal [Read More...]

Physics Alum Passionate About Undergraduate Success

July 6, 2020

Liu with undergraduate studentAfter graduating with a B.S. in Physics from San Diego State University in 2008, Jason Liu joined the Colorado State University Physics Department as a graduate student. “My decision to come to CSU was simple: the department offered me an environment which would allow me to grow,” Liu said. “I was able to learn from all [Read More...]

Wu’s group publishes new paper in Physical Review Letters

July 2, 2020

Professor Wu’s research group finds surface states in a topological insulator can modify magnetism in a neighboring magnetic insulator. Magnetic ordering in a magnetic insulator can break the time-reversal symmetry of topological surface states in a neighboring topological insulator; such symmetry breaking can result in several intriguing quantum phenomena, as demonstrated by recent experiments. Conversely, [Read More...]

Robert Leisure Writes New Book, “Ultrasonic Spectroscopy”

June 23, 2020

Professor Emeritus Robert Leisure has written a book, Ultrasonic Spectroscopy, published by Cambridge University Press.  The manuscript emphasizes applications in condensed matter physics and materials science. The work was motivated by his experience mentoring students for over four decades, and his impression of their needs. The book provides complete coverage of the main issues relevant to [Read More...]

Mike Mooney Awarded DOE Early Career Award

June 23, 2020

Mike Mooney recently received a DOE Early Career award for his project entitled, “Constraining the Electromagnetic Shower Energy Scale at LArTPC Neutrino Detectors Near and Far.” This award will support experimental work related to the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) at the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility. The DUNE project will use massive liquid argon time projection [Read More...]

Professor Bob Wilson remains Deputy Spokesperson of the ICARUS Colloboration, HEPPA group receives renewed funding

June 12, 2020

Congratulations to Bob Wilson who has been re-confirmed as Deputy Spokesperson of the ICARUS Collaboration for a two-year term. “I am honored to be reelected to serve the collaboration in this role – grazie colleghi ! It has been very gratifying to help the collaboration grow and to watch as the T-600 was moved from [Read More...]

Hua Chen Awarded NSF Career Award

May 20, 2020

Hua Chen recently received this award from the NSF for his project entitled, “Novel Electronic and Magnetic Dynamins and Responses in Noncollinear Magnetic Materials.”  This award supports theoretical and computational research aimed at unraveling the conceptual and practical challenges associated with describing the magnetic order in the so-called noncollinear magnetic materials. Unlike the case for [Read More...]

CSU’s QuarkNet Center Highlighted

March 16, 2020

CSU’s QuarkNet Center was highlighted in the national newsletter. Nice work, team! Read the spotlight for more information here. [Read More...]

Professor Jim Sites honored as William R. Cherry Award Winner

March 10, 2020

The 2020 IEEE William Cherry Award to be presented at the 47th IEEE PVSC to Professor James Sites. Sites began his photovoltaics career 45 years ago with cells made by ion-beam sputtering of indium–tin–oxide onto silicon. Read more at the IEEE website. [Read More...]

Colloquium: Joseph Zadrozny

March 9, 2020

“Understanding and Controlling Magnetic Relaxation in Highly Magnetic Environments” Joseph Zadrozny Colorado State University Monday, March 9th at 4:00pm 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) Magnetic environments are ubiquitous in the many applications of magnetic molecules. For example, bioimaging applications feature aqueous environments, which are concentrated with magnetic 1H protons. Separately, proposed information storage applications for magnetic [Read More...]

ICARUS chases a fourth neutrino

March 3, 2020

Professor Bob Wilson, deputy spokesperson of ICARUS, is on the team looking for the fourth neutrino. Learn more about the work being completed at Fermilab. [Read More...]

Colloquium: Tara Fortier

March 2, 2020

“Optical Clock Comparisons at the 18th-Decimal Place” Tara Fortier NIST, Time and Frequency Division Monday, March 2nd at 4:00pm 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) Systems that can produce frequency in a deterministic way are the cornerstones for timing and synchronization in telecommunications networks, the Global Positioning System, and large telescope arrays. The generation of frequency references [Read More...]

Colloquium: Satoru Nakatsuji

February 24, 2020

“Weyl Fermions and Topological Spintronics” Satoru Nakatsuji University of Tokyo Monday, February 24th at 4:00pm 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) Among magnets, only ferromagnets have been used for applications, for example, as the main active materials for memory devices. On the other hand, antiferromagnets have attracted recent interest for designing next generation high-density and ultrafast devices [Read More...]

Colloquium: Dennis Perepelitsa

February 17, 2020

“Exploring the Hottest Matter in the Universe with Ultra-Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions” Dennis Perepelitsa University of Colorado Boulder Monday, February 17th at 4:00pm 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) in New York and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland accelerate large, fully-ionized nuclei to very near the speed of light. [Read More...]

2020 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWIP)

February 11, 2020

Six undergraduate physics majors – Lena Bruno, Rachel Ericson, Stephanie Mazur, Lara O’Connor, Tommy Miller, and Erica Young – attended the 2020 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) that was held at Black Hills State University in South Dakota over the Martin Luther King long weekend. The conference included a tour of the Sanford [Read More...]

Adam Pearlstein & Cherie Bornhorst: What is a Quarknet Masterclass?

February 6, 2020

We know what a violin or piano masterclass is – a student learning the nuances of their instruments with a master musician – but what does a masterclass look like related to particle physics? Adam Pearlstein and Cherie Bornhorst sit down in this video to discuss what is a masterclass, what they entail, and what [Read More...]

Samuel Brewer: APS / Moore Foundation Fundamental Physics Innovation Award Recipient

February 3, 2020

Sam Brewer, new faculty member in Physics.Samuel Brewer, Assistant Professor of Physics at Colorado State University, will visit Dr. Joseph Tan and the Atomic Spectroscopy Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology to study trapped highly charged ions of interest for tests of fundamental physics. Highly charged ions provide a unique platform for investigating physics beyond the standard model [Read More...]

7th PRSE “Center for Advanced Magnetics” Workshop

January 21, 2020

The 7th PRSE “Center for Advanced Magnetics” Workshop was successfully held in the Grey Rock Room in Lory Student Center on January 17, 2020.  The workshop had about 50 participants.  The program included six invited talks given by Professor Sandra Eaton from University of Denver, Professor Kate Ross from Colorado State University, Professor Leslie Schoop [Read More...]

Congrats to our grads!

December 20, 2019

CSU’s Graduate School commencement was held December 20, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Pictured below are Jon Gilbert and John Guthrie (adviser: Jacob Roberts),  Matt Judah (adviser: Norm Buchanan), and  and Matt Hogan (advisers: Walter Toki and Bob Wilson). We would like to recognize all graduate students for their achievements this semester: PhD’s earned Adam Craycraft Matt [Read More...]

Professor Mark Bradley’s Paper Reaches Milestone

December 20, 2019

A paper by Professor Mark Bradley, a condensed matter theorist, passed an important milestone, as it’s now been cited over 1100 times.  The paper is R. M. Bradley and J. M. E. Harper, “Theory of Ripple Topography Induced by Ion Bombardment”, J.Vac. Sci. Technol. A 6, 2390 (1988). Congratulations to Mark! [Read More...]

Colloquium: Jorge Rocca

December 2, 2019

“Relativistic nanophotonics: creating extreme plasma conditions and fields with ultrafast lasers” Jorge Rocca Colorado State University Monday December 2nd, 2019 at 4:00 PM 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) Efficient heating of dense matter to extreme temperatures and pressures could create solid density environments in which heavy atoms such as gold are stripped of most of their [Read More...]

Master Instructor Brian Jones and Professor Kate Ross awarded CNS Teaching and Mentoring awards

November 19, 2019

On November 19, 2019, the Professor Laureate Lecture & Teaching and Mentoring Awards Ceremony, hosted by the College of Natural Sciences at CSU, was conducted in the Cherokee Park Ballroom. Master Instructor Brian Jones was presented with the Outstanding Career Contributions – Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring Award. Professor Kate Ross was presented with the Early [Read More...]

Colloquium: Jim Sites

November 18, 2019

“High-Efficiency Thin-Film CdTe Solar Cells” Dr. Jim Sites Colorado State University Monday April 22nd, 2019 at 4:00 PM 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) Following an introduction summarizing the recent growth and favorable econom-ics of photovoltaic-generated electricity, the talk will describe the evolving struc-ture of thin-film solar cells based on CdTe and its alloys. The primary focus [Read More...]

Colloquium: Wolfgang Bangerth

November 11, 2019

“Complex simulations: From numerical mathematics via software to applications” Wolfgang Bangerth Colorado State University Monday November 11th, 2019 at 4:00 PM 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) Simulating complex phenomena in nature and engineering requires the integration of mathematical approaches, algorithms, subject knowledge, and the creation of software. In this talk, I will outline some of my [Read More...]

Colloquium: Taritree Wongjirad

November 4, 2019

“FROM PIXELS TO NEUTRINOS” TARITREE WONGJIRAD TUFTS UNIVERSITY Monday November 4th, 2019 at 4:00 PM 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) The MicroBooNE experiment consists of liquid argon time projection hamber(LArTPC) situated in the path of the Booster Neutrino Beam (BNB) at Fermilab. The goals of the experiment are to (1) investigate the observation of an excess [Read More...]

Colloquium: Chris Chiaverina

October 28, 2019

“PHYSICS FOR THE MANY” CHRIS CHIAVERINA NEW TRIER HIGH SCHOOL/THE PHYSICS TEACHER (AAPT) Monday October 28th, 2019 at 4:00 PM 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) I think that most individuals involved with doing and teaching physics would agree the world is a much more interesting place and that their lives are richer because of their awareness [Read More...]

Lara O’Connor, senior physics major, attended the Nuclear Physics Summer School

October 28, 2019

A nuclear reaction illuminates the inside of a machine.Senior physics major, Lara O’Connor, had an exciting summer – she worked on the NOVA experiment and attended the Nuclear Physics Summer School. After these experiences, O’Connor is more prepared, and excited, to pursue graduate studies in Physics. Working alongside current CSU graduate student Connor Johnson in the research group of Professor Norm Buchanan, O’Connor assisted [Read More...]

Meet Physics Alumnus – Thomas Campbell

October 28, 2019

Portrait of Thomas Campbell, alumnus.Recent Ph.D. graduate, Thomas Campbell, looks forward to “doing impactful work for years to come,” in his new position at a Biotechnology company. Campbell is using his deep interest in machine learning and analysis to develop algorithms and machine learning methods for use in cancer diagnostic tests, as well as performing analyses in collaboration with [Read More...]

Grad student Danielle Yahne wins APS 4 Corners award

October 22, 2019

At the recent APS 4 Corners meeting in Prescott, AZ, Professor Kate Ross’ student,  Danielle Yahne won a best talk award. Yahne’s talk was entitled “Magnetic Phase Competition in the XY Pyrochlore Er2Sn2O7”.  Congrats to Danielle!   (picture credit: Daniel Shaw) [Read More...]

Professor Michael Mooney’s Grad Students Awarded Research Fellowships

October 16, 2019

Two graduate students in Professor Mike Mooney’s research group, Ivan Caro Terrazas and Justin Mueller, were recently awarded funding to reside at Fermilab (near Chicago, Illinois) for roughly six months to perform research in experimental particle physics. The awards were given out by the Universities Research Association (URA) through the Visiting Scholars Program, which was [Read More...]

Colloquium: Daniel Snowden-Ifft

October 14, 2019

“Beam-Dump Dark Matter Search Utilizing a Low-Threshold, Directional Dark Mat-ter Detector (BDX-DRIFT) at Jefferson Lab ” Daniel Snowden-Ifft Occidental College Monday October 14th, 2019 at 4:00 PM 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) Light dark matter (LDM) in the context of dark sector theories is an attractive candidate to make up the bulk of the mass of [Read More...]

Colloquium: Jennifer L. Hoffman

October 7, 2019

“Metamorphosis: New views of supernovae and progenitors” Jennifer L. Hoffman University of Denver Monday October 7th, 2019 at 4:00 PM 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) The stellar explosions known as supernovae are not simply brilliant signposts marking the transition from one stage of the stellar life cycle to the next. They hold clues to the very [Read More...]

Professor Bob Wilson meets with Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport in Georgia

October 7, 2019

The Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, Giorgi Vashakidze, recently met with the heads of the DUNE experiment, including CSU’s Bob Wilson. The meeting was also attended by the Rector of Georgian Technical University, Archil Prangishvili, Director of GTU Institute of Quantum Physics and Engineering Technologies Arsen Khvedelidze and Deputy Director Prof. Zviad Tsamalidze. The [Read More...]

Colloquium: Lincoln D. Carr

September 30, 2019

“How the Quantum Craze is Changing the World: From the Hilarious Feynman to 300+ Seriously Powerful Quantum Computers” Lincoln D. Carr Colorado School of Mines Monday September 30th, 2019 at 4:00 PM 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) In 1981 Richard Feynman suggested that we could recreate quantum reality by creating a copy of it in a [Read More...]

Professor Mingzhong Wu Gives Plenary Talk

September 27, 2019

Professor Mingzhong Wu gave a plenary talk on topological insulator/magnetic insulator hetero-structures in the XVIII Brazil MRS Meeting which were held in Balneario Camboriu, Brazil on September 22-26, 2019.  The Brazil MRS Meetings are organized by the Brazilian Materials Research Society (MRS) and are the largest conferences on materials in Brazil.  Over 1800 people attended [Read More...]

Colloquium: Evdokiya (Eva) Kostadinova

September 23, 2019

“Alice In-Between Worlds: The Wonderland of Dusty Plasma” Evdokiya (Eva) Kostadinova Baylor University Monday September 23rd, 2019 at 4:00 PM 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) Order and stability in the giant world of stars and galaxies is dominated by the force of gravity. In contrast, the tiny world of atomic and subatomic particles is held together [Read More...]

Colloquium: Dylan Yost

September 16, 2019

“Precision Spectroscopy of Simple Atoms” Dylan Yost  Colorado State University Monday September 16th, 2019 at 4:00 PM 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, and the most important element for the development of modern physics – an attribute that can be traced back to its simplicity as an effective [Read More...]

Colloquium: Mingzhong Wu

September 9, 2019

“Topological Insulator/Magnetic Insulator Heterostructures” Mingzhong Wu  Colorado State University Monday September 9th, 2019 at 4:00 PM 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) Recent years have witnessed a rapidly growing interest in topological insulators, not only because of rich intriguing physics in such materials, but also due to their promising potential in quantum computing and spintronics applications. This [Read More...]

Theoretical High-Energy Physics Faculty Position

September 6, 2019

The Department of Physics, Colorado State University, seeks to hire at least one tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor in theoretical high-energy physics. Exceptional candidates will be considered for positions with a more senior rank. Candidates whose research complements the CSU program in experimental high-energy and particle astrophysics (HEPPA) are strongly encouraged [Read More...]

Professor Mingzhong Wu published in “Science Advances”

September 3, 2019

Dr. Wu’s group, in collaboration with CSU professor Dr. Field’s group, has recently published an article in Science Advances‘ August 2019 edition. The full paper, entitled “Magnetization switching using topological surface states,” can be read here. [Read More...]

Gavin Hester Finalist for APS Four Corners Prize

August 15, 2019

Gavin Hester, a student in Professor Kate Ross’s research group, has been selected as a finalist for the American Physical Society’s Harry Lustig Award. Hester was nominated by Ross and Professor Hua Chen. Hester will give an invited talk entitled, “Discovery of Bose-Einstein Condensation in a Strongly Spin-Orbit Coupled Quantum Magnet” during the 2019 Four Corners [Read More...]

Bradley group paper published in Physical Review E

July 26, 2019

Nanoscale patterns produced by bombarding a surface with an ion beam When an energetic ion strikes a solid surface, one or more atoms can be ejected from the solid. Bombarding a flat solid surface with a broad ion beam therefore results in erosion of the solid. Naively, one would expect that the solid surface would [Read More...]

Apollo 50th Celebration and Public Observing Night

July 19, 2019

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Ross group paper published in PRL

July 11, 2019

Evidence for Bose-Einstein Condensation in a Rare-Earth Magnet The Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) state, where almost of the particles in a system “condense” into the lowest available energy state, is a fifth state of matter after solids, liquids, gasses, and plasmas. Quantum magnets are known to be able to host BECs of “triplons”, which are quasi-particles [Read More...]

6th Annual PRSE Center for Advanced Magnetics Workshop

June 24, 2019

The 6th PRSE “Center for Advanced Magnetics” Workshop was successfully held in the Grey Rock Room in Lory Student Center on June 18, 2019.  The workshop had about 55 participants.  The program included eight talks from students and post-doctoral research fellows in the Center and two invited talks given by Professor Sara Majetich from Carnegie [Read More...]

CMP Seminar: Bob Camley

May 9, 2019

“Creating Magnetic Rogue Waves and Nonlinear Effects in Exchange Coupled Structures” Professor Bob Camley Center for Magnetism and Magnetic Nanostructures, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 2:00 pm Physics Conference Room Rogue waves in oceans are a well-known phenomenon where a large wave that can overturn a ship spontaneously arises. [Read More...]

PRSE Seminar: Johan Åkerman

May 7, 2019

“Two-dimensional Mutually Synchronized Spin Hall Nano-oscillator Arrays for Highly Coherent Microwave Signal Generation and Neuromorphic Computing” Johan Åkerman University of Gothenburg, Sweden & New York University Tuesday May 7th at 2:00 pm in the Physics Conference Room Mutually synchronized spin torque nano-oscillators (STNOs) are one of the promising platforms for bioinspired computing and microwave signal [Read More...]

Robert Wilson featured on Faces of DUNE

May 2, 2019

Fermilab profiles of members of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment collaboration in their project, the Faces of DUNE. This week, they have featured CSU’s Dr. Robert Wilson. Learn more about DUNE, and see Dr. Wilson’s post on Facebook or Twitter: Facebook: Twitter: [Read More...]

CMP Seminar: Yejun Feng

May 2, 2019

“Odd and Even Linear Magnetoresistances at Low Field” Yejun Feng Okinawa Institure of Science and Technology Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 at 10:00 am LSC room 308 Onsager’s relationship governs the galvanomagnetic behavior as σij(H) = σji(−H), which in the low field limit, typically leads to quadratic field dependence. Here I discuss two scenarios where linear [Read More...]

Colloquium: Gary Feldman

April 30, 2019

“Neutrino Oscillations” Gary Feldman Harvard University Monday May 6th, 2019 at 4:00 PM 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) Of the fundamental particles of nature, neutrinos are the least understood.  Much, but not all, of what we want to learn about them can be obtained from the study of their peculiar habit of morphing from one species to [Read More...]

Colloquium: Kate Scholberg

April 23, 2019

“Detecting the Tiny Thump of the Neutrino” Kate Scholberg Duke University Monday April 29th, 2019 at 4:00 PM 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) Neutrinos interact only rarely with matter. Coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering (CEvNS) was first predicted in 1974; it’s a process in which a neutrino scatters off an entire nucleus. By neutrino standards, CEvNS occurs [Read More...]

CMP Seminar: Pablo Jarillo-Herrero

April 23, 2019

“Magic Angle Graphene: A New Platform for Strongly Correlated Physics” Pablo Jarillo-Herrero Massachusetts Institute of Technology Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 at 10:00 am LSC room 308 The understanding of strongly-correlated quantum matter has challenged physicists for decades. Such difficulties have stimulated new research paradigms, such as ultra-cold atom lattices for simulating quantum materials. In this [Read More...]

Colloquium: Dr. Yayoi Takamura

April 22, 2019

“Engineering Spin Textures in Nanostructured Complex Oxides” Dr. Yayoi Takamura  University of California, Davis Monday April 22nd, 2019 at 4:00 PM 120 Engineering (Hammond Auditorium) Due to the strong interaction between the charge, spin, lattice, and orbital degrees of freedom, complex oxides possess a wide range of technologically relevant properties such as ferromag-netism, ferroelectricity, and [Read More...]

Spring 2019 Newsletter

February 15, 2019

Portrait of Jacob Roberts, chair of the Physics department.As many of you know, the Department of Physics newsletter has been on a hiatus, but we are happy to resume regular sending. We look forward to the future, and are glad to be in touch again. Full Newsletter PDF Download [Read More...]