Department of Physics and Astronomy

Jeremy Levy in a striped blue dress shirt

Physics Researchers Uncover New Electronic State of Matter

Most people are familiar with solid, liquid, gas and plasma, but there are other states of matter too. Jeremy Levy and Patrick Irvin of Pitt recently uncovered an electronic state that adds to the field’s understanding of quantum physics.
Rachel Coombs

Lounge Opens for Graduate and Professional Students

The new space, meant to forge connections and encourage cross-campus collaboration, is the result of efforts led by the Graduate and Professional Student Government.
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...