The Department of Physics in the College of Science is a small department by enrollment but operates a large enterprise in terms of research and "service" education for engineering and other science departments.

The department is one of the leaders of the University in external grant funding and teaches hundreds of students from other disciplines every semester.

In addition, the department has a continuing collaboration with the Desert Research Institute's atmospheric sciences program which grants advanced degrees in atmospheric physics track B.A. degree through the Department of Physics. The department is proud of the fact that students at all levels are encouraged to become involved in research and many undergraduates have publication before graduation. Visit the Physics Department Website.

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    Investigation of Acute Pulmonary Deficits Associated with Biomass Fuel Cookstove Emissions in Rural Bangladesh 

    Medgyesi, Danielle N.; Holmes, Heather A.; Angermann, Jeff E. (2017)
    The use of solid biomass fuels in cookstoves has been associated with chronic health impacts that disproportionately affect women worldwide. Solid fuel stoves that use wood, plant matter, and cow dung are commonly used for ...
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    GIA Model Statistics for GRACE Hydrology, Cryosphere, and Ocean Science 

    Caron, L.; Ivins, E. R.; Larour, E.; Adhikari, S.; Nilsson, J.; Blewitt, G. (2018)
    We provide a new analysis of glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) with the goal of assembling the model uncertainty statistics required for rigorously extracting trends in surface mass from the Gravity Recovery and Climate ...
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    Experimental platform for investigations of high-intensity laser plasma interactions in the magnetic field of a pulsed power generator 

    Ivanov, V. V.; Maximov, A. V.; Swanson, K. J.; Wong, N. L.; Sarkisov, G. S.; Wiewior, P. P.; Astanovitskiy, A. L.; Covington, A. M. (2018)
    An experimental platform for the studying of high-intensity laser plasma interactions in strong magnetic fields has been developed based on the 1 MA Zebra pulsed power generator coupled with the 50-TW Leopard laser. The ...
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    Separating Dipole and Quadrupole Contributions to Single-Photon Double Ionization 

    Grundmann, S.; Trinter, F.; Bray, A. W.; Eckart, S.; Rist, J.; Kastirke, G.; Metz, D.; Klumpp, S.; Viefhaus, J.; Schmidt, L. Ph H.; Williams, J. B.; Doerner, R.; Jahnke, T.; Schoeffler, M. S.; Kheifets, A. S. (2018)
    We report on a kinematically complete measurement of double ionization of helium by a single 1100 eV circularly polarized photon. By exploiting dipole selection rules in the two-electron continuum state, we observed the ...
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    A Closure Study of Total Scattering Using Airborne In Situ Measurements from the Winter Phase of TCAP 

    Kassianov, Evgueni; Berg, Larry K.; Pekour, Mikhail; Barnard, James; Chand, Duli; Comstock, Jennifer; Flynn, Connor; Sedlacek, Arthur; Shilling, John; Telg, Hagen; Tomlinson, Jason; Zelenyuk, Alla; Fast, Jerome (2018)
    We examine the performance of our approach for calculating the total scattering coefficient of both non-absorbing and absorbing aerosol at ambient conditions from aircraft data. Our extended examination involves airborne ...
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    Ultrafast Imaging of Laser Driven Shock Waves using Betatron X-rays from a Laser Wakefield Accelerator 

    Wood, J. C.; Chapman, D. J.; Poder, K.; Lopes, N. C.; Rutherford, M. E.; Whites, T. G.; Albert, F.; Behm, K. T.; Booth, N.; Bryant, J. S. J.; Foster, P. S.; Glanzer, S.; Hill, E.; Krushelnick, K.; Najmudin, Z.; Pollock, B. B.; Rose, S.; Schumaker, W.; Scott, R. H. H.; Sherlock, M.; Thomas, A. G. R.; Zhao, Z.; Eakins, D. E.; Mangles, S. P. D. (2018)
    Betatron radiation from laser wakefield accelerators is an ultrashort pulsed source of hard, synchrotron-like x-ray radiation. It emanates from a centimetre scale plasma accelerator producing GeV level electron beams. In ...
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    Measurement of temperature and density using non-collective X-ray Thomson scattering in pulsed power produced warm dense plasmas 

    Valenzuela, J. C.; Krauland, C.; Mariscal, D.; Krasheninnikov, I.; Niemann, C.; Ma, T.; Mabey, P.; Gregori, G.; Wiewior, P.; Covington, A. M.; Beg, F. N. (2018)
    We present the first experimental measurement of temperature and density of a warm dense plasma produced by a pulsed power driver at the Nevada Terawatt Facility (NTF). In the early phases of discharge, most of the mass ...
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    Implementation of a Faraday rotation diagnostic at the OMEGA laser facility 

    Rigby, A.; Katz, J.; Bott, A. F. A.; White, T. G.; Tzeferacos, P.; Lamb, D. Q.; Froula, D. H.; Gregori, G. (2018)
    Magnetic field measurements in turbulent plasmas are often difficult to perform. Here we show that for > kG magnetic fields, a time-resolved Faraday rotation measurement can be made at the OMEGA laser facility. This ...
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    Imaging the square of the correlated two-electron wave function of a hydrogen molecule (vol 8, 2018) 

    Waitz, M.; Bello, R. Y.; Metz, D.; Lower, J.; Trinter, F.; Schober, C.; Keiling, M.; Lenz, U.; Pitzer, M.; Mertens, K.; Martins, M.; Viefhaus, J.; Klumpp, S.; Weber, T.; Schmidt, L. Ph H.; Williams, J. B.; Schoeffler, M. S.; Serov, V. V.; Kheifets, A. S.; Argenti, L.; Palacios, A.; Martin, F.; Jahnke, T.; Doerner, R. (2018)
    The toolbox for imaging molecules is well-equipped today. Some techniques visualize the geometrical structure, others the electron density or electron orbitals. Molecules are many-body systems for which the correlation ...
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    A Primer on Pulsed Power and Linear Transformer Drivers for High Energy Density Physics Applications 

    McBride, R. D.; Stygar, W. A.; Cuneo, M. E.; Sinars, D. B.; Mazarakis, M. G.; Leckbee, J. J.; Savage, M. E.; Hutsel, B. T.; Douglass, J. D.; Kiefer, M. L.; Oliver, B. V.; Laity, G. R.; Gomez, M. R.; Yager-Elorriaga, D. A.; Patel, S. G.; Kovalchuk, B. M.; Kim, A. A.; Gourdain, P.-A.; Bland, S. N.; Portillo, S.; Bott-Suzuki, S. C.; Beg, F. N.; Maron, Y.; Spielman, R. B.; Rose, D. V.; Welch, D. R.; Zier, J. C.; Schumer, J. W.; Greenly, J. B.; Covington, A. M.; Steiner, A. M.; Campbell, P. C.; Miller, S. M.; Woolstrum, J. M.; Ramey, N. B.; Shah, A. P.; Sporer, B. J.; Jordan, N. M.; Lau, Y. Y.; Gilgenbach, R. M. (2018)
    The objectives of this tutorial are as follows: 1) to help students and researchers develop a basic understanding of how pulsed-power systems are used to create high-energy-density (HED) matter
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    Dust Climatology of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) in Lancaster, California, USA 

    Pokharel, Ashok K.; Kaplan, Michael L. (2017)
    A 15-year (1997-2011) climatology of dust events at the NASA DFRC in Lancaster, California, USA, was performed to evaluate how the extratropical systems were associated with dust storms over this region. For this study, ...
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    Subtropical Dust Storms and Downslope Wind Events 

    Pokharel, Ashok Kumar; Kaplan, Michael L.; Fiedler, Stephanie (2017)
    We performed detailed mesoscale observational analyses and Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model simulations to study the terrain-induced downslope winds that generated dust-emitting winds at the beginning of three ...
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    Role of hydrogen bonding in hysteresis observed in sorption-induced swelling of soft nanoporous polymers 

    Chen, Mingyang; Coasne, Benoit; Guyer, Robert; Derome, Dominique; Carmeliet, Jan (2018)
    Hysteresis is observed in sorption-induced swelling in various soft nanoporous polymers. The associated coupling mechanism responsible for the observed sorption-induced swelling and associated hysteresis needs to be ...
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    Implementation of a Faraday rotation diagnostic at the OMEGA laser facility 

    Rigby, A.; Katz, J.; Bott, A. F. A.; White, T. G.; Tzeferacos, P.; Lamb, D. Q.; Froula, D. H.; Gregori, G. (2018)
    Magnetic field measurements in turbulent plasmas are often difficult to perform. Here we show that for > kG magnetic fields, a time-resolved Faraday rotation measurement can be made at the OMEGA laser facility. This ...
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    Growth of ice particle mass and projected area during riming 

    Erfani, Ehsan; Mitchell, David L. (2017)
    There is a long-standing challenge in cloud and climate models to simulate the process of ice particle riming realistically, partly due to the unrealistic parameterization of the growth of ice particle mass (m) and projected ...
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    Conditional summertime day-ahead solar irradiance forecast 

    Mejia, John F.; Giordano, Marco; Wilcox, Eric (2018)
    We investigated the accuracy of numerical weather prediction (NWP)-based global horizontal irradiance (Gill) and clear-sky index forecasting over southern Nevada. Accurate forecasts of solar irradiance are required for ...
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    Areal-Averaged Spectral Surface Albedo in an Atlantic Coastal Area: Estimation from Ground-Based Transmission 

    Kassianov, Evgueni; Barnard, James; Flynn, Connor; Riihimaki, Laura; Berg, Larry K.; Rutan, David A. (2017)
    Tower-based data combined with high-resolution satellite products have been used to produce surface albedo at various spatial scales over land. Because tower-based albedo data are available at only a few sites, surface ...
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    Benchmark Experiment for Photoionized Plasma Emission from Accretion-Powered X-Ray Sources 

    Loisel, G. P.; Bailey, J. E.; Liedahl, D. A.; Fontes, C. J.; Kallman, T. R.; Nagayama, T.; Hansen, S. B.; Rochau, G. A.; Mancini, R. C.; Lee, R. W. (2017)
    The interpretation of x-ray spectra emerging from x-ray binaries and active galactic nuclei accreted plasmas relies on complex physical models for radiation generation and transport in photoionized plasmas. These models ...
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    Evolution of Multispectral Aerosol Absorption Properties in a Biogenically-Influenced Urban Environment during the CARES Campaign 

    Gyawali, Madhu; Arnott, W. Patrick; Zaveri, Rahul A.; Song, Chen; Flowers, Bradley; Dubey, Manvendra K.; Setyan, Ari; Zhang, Qi; China, Swarup; Mazzoleni, Claudio; Gorkowski, Kyle; Subramanian, R.; Moosmuller, Hans (2017)
    We present the evolution of multispectral optical properties through urban aerosols that have aged and interacted with biogenic emissions, resulting in stronger short wavelength absorption and the formation of moderately ...
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    Relativistic many-body calculation of energies, multipole transition rates, and lifetimes in tungsten ions 

    Safronova, U. I.; Safronova, M. S.; Nakamura, N. (2017)
    Atomic properties of Cd-like W26+, In-like W25+, and Sn-like W24+ ions are evaluated by using a relativistic CI + all-order approach that combines configuration-interaction and the coupled-cluster methods. The energies, ...

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