Department of Physics and Astronomy

Jeffrey Newman, with a monitor displaying two dimensional stars and galaxies

Astronomers Shed Light on Dark Energy, Smallest Black Hole

A new 5,000-eyed instrument is searching the skies for dark energy, and a star survey recently unveiled the smallest known black hole. Two teams in the Department of Physics and Astronomy are working to unravel the universe’s mysteries.
a black and white photo of Hapke in a suit, holding a vial of moon dust

Pitt Professor Helped Humanity Make ‘One Small Step,’ Keeps Space Research Going

As a postdoctoral researcher, Bruce Hapke helped NASA determine the consistency of the moon’s soil, which helped engineers create the proper boots, rovers and wheeled equipment for the Apollo 11 landing, which happened 50 years ago this Saturday. Hapke and others at Pitt have helped build on a legacy of space research.
Headshot of Tao Han in sweater and collared shirt

Tao Han Elected Vice Chair at the American Physical Society

Tao Han, Distinguished Professor of High Energy Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been elected vice chair...