Department of Physics

Kent State University faculty and students in the Department of Physics, in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently played a key role in using a new silicon detector technology to examine nuclear collisions that recreate the Big Bang on a tiny scale in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, on Long...

A group of researchers in Kent State University's College of Arts and Sciences have published a breakthrough article on new properties of liquid crystals in the May 27 issue of Physical Review Letters. The article, which describes some recent surprising results involving nematic liquid crystals induced by a high magnetic field, is currently...

College of Arts & Sciences

Theresa Benyo at her office at NASA Glenn Research Center Theresa Benyo already had an exciting and fulfilling career as a project manager at NASA. With a great job, a house, a husband, two kids, and hobbies like musical theatre what more could you want? Academically speaking, she’d already earned a dual bachelor’s degree in physics and computer science from Kent State University (1988) and master’s...

Theresa Benyo at her office at NASA Glenn Research Center Maxim Dzero, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been granted $302,796 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project titled “Spins and Knots: The Rise of Topology in F-Orbital Materials.” The focus of this project is to conduct theoretical research aimed at better...

Theresa Benyo at her office at NASA Glenn Research Center The groundbreaking for Kent State University’s new Integrated Sciences Building will be Oct. 2 from 2-5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Following the groundbreaking, Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences will host a showcase of science and technology demonstrations, along with refreshments, music and fun, on the Student...

Confetti canons blow into the sky marking the close of the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Integrated Sciences Building. The groundbreaking for Kent State University’s new Integrated Sciences Building was held Oct. 2 from 2-5 p.m. The event was free and open to the public. Following the groundbreaking, Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences hosted a showcase of science and technology demonstrations, along with refreshments, music and fun, on the Student...

Photo 2 of Bjorn Lussem A Kent State University professor in the College of Arts and Sciences has received a grant from the Binational Science Foundation to continue his development of a combined LED (light-emitting diode) and organic transistor that could be used in flexible displays. Bjorn Lussem, Ph.D., an assistant professor of physics, was awarded $180,000 to use...

Photo 2 of Bjorn Lussem A physics professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University recently received a $307,000, two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to support the development of a novel approach to studying non-equilibrium dynamics in the quark gluon plasma (QGP).  Using a local supercomputer that he built at Kent State, Michael...

Kent State student Lewis Sharpnack studies the structure of smectic liquid crystal phases in Physics Professor Satyendra Kumar’s laboratory in the Science Research Building.    What does it take to become great in your field? Certainly motivation, dedication and creativity are important, but what about inspiration? For young scientists, that inspiration can come from a variety of places, including interactions with colleagues and especially the top scientists in their field.  Lewis “Lee” Sharpnack, a Kent State...

Physics Graduate Student Lewis Sharpnack will attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in late June. What does it take to become great in your field?  Certainly motivation, dedication and creativity are important, but what about inspiration?  For young scientists that inspiration can come from a variety of places, including interactions with colleagues and especially the top scientists in their field. Lewis “Lee” Sharpnack, a Kent State...