Department of Physics

Kent State University Associate Professor of Physics Björn Lüssem, Ph.D., (right) works with Vikash Kaphle, a graduate student (left) in a lab at the Integrated Sciences Building. The medical and science communities are always seeking new ways to study and monitor organs and common diseases to improve human health and quality of life.   While there is a seemingly endless need for versatile, low-cost, yet highly sensitive biochemical sensor devices, there are many steps to take between initial research and clinical...

car glass Experiencing the burn of a leather car seat in the heat of the summer or catching a nosy neighbor peering into your kitchen window could soon be things of the past with the new dual-mode liquid crystal smart glass material. Yingfei Jiang, a College of Arts and Science graduate student in the Chemical Physics...

Inner vertex components of the STAR detector at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (righthand view) allow scientists to trace tracks from triplets of decay particles picked up in the detector Nuclear physics researchers at Kent State University and all over the world have been searching for violations of the fundamental symmetries in the universe for decades. Much like the “Big Bang” (approximately 13.8 billion years ago), but on a tiny scale, they briefly recreate the particle interactions that likely existed microseconds into the...

Inner vertex components of the STAR detector at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (righthand view) allow scientists to trace tracks from triplets of decay particles picked up in the detector       The “C” in “college” might as well stand for “cramming.”​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Studies show students are notoriously bad at adopting and adhering consistently to high-impact study habits that help them retain knowledge long-term. Researchers and faculty at Kent...

Students studying in a classroom The "C" in "college" might as well stand for "cramming." Studies show students are notoriously bad at adopting and adhering consistently to high-impact study habits that help them retain knowledge long-term. Researchers and faculty at Kent State University, however, are...

Students studying in a classroom Kent State University continues to march in the vanguard of technological advancement. A KSU researcher has joined a cutting-edge collaborative study into light-driven materials.
The technology has the potential to replace electric motors unilaterally. The Office of Naval Research awarded a $7.5 million Multidisciplinary University Research...

Students studying in a classroom Kent State University’s only theoretical astrophysicist just landed a grant that will help her to better understand dense stars while encouraging young female scientists to reach for them. Dr. Veronica Dexheimer, an assistant professor of physics in Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences, recently received a five-year $425,000 Faculty Early...

Students studying in a classroom Single molecule biophysics sounds complicated because it is. Then again, so is cancer. So it makes sense that one of Kent State University's molecular biophysicists would take on the most notorious challenge in medical science. Now Dr. Hamza Balci, an associate professor of physics in Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences, has at least one...

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Students studying in a classroom Kent State Astrophysicist Wins NSF Grant to Search for Exotic Matter in Neutron Stars   Kent State University’s only theoretical astrophysicist just landed a grant that will help her to better understand dense stars while encouraging young female scientists to reach for them. Dr. Veronica Dexheimer, an assistant professor of physics in Kent...

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Students studying in a classroom NSF Grant to Study Organic Transistors Also May Help Students to Better Understand Physics While wearable technology is all the rage among high school and college-aged Americans, the average student may not know much about the science behind their high-tech apparel. A grant from the National Science Foundation will help a Kent State physics...