Department of Physics

For 23 years, Professor of Physics Declan Keane has worked at Kent State University, extending his passion for research from the classroom into the real world. Keane’s latest accomplishment is another milestone in his impressive career.

Keane was one of three Kent State faculty members recognized as Distinguished Scholar Award recipients at a luncheon ceremony on April 15. The other recipients of the 2011 award are Professor of Music Theodore Albrecht and Professor of Accounting Ran Barniv.

Dr. Anthony SilvidiDr. Anthony Silvidi, Professor Emeritus of Physics, left his mark on the department and the University.  He was a member of the faculty for 40 years from 1952-1982 and continued to teach after retirement until 1992.  Tony, along with former Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies J.W.

Kent State University researchers are part of a team of international scientists who have discovered antihelium-4, the most massive antinucleus known to date. This new discovery is the antimatter partner of the helium-4 nucleus, also called the alpha particle. Helium-4 is the normal form of helium, the second most abundant element in the universe after hydrogen. 

Kent State University researcher and chemistry professor John West from the university’s Liquid Crystal Institute will be among the top business leaders, government officials and university representatives who will speak at the “Building the Ohio Innovation Economy” conference in Cleveland, on April 25 and 26.

As a part of a growing collaboration between KSU and CWRU, Dr. James D. McGuffin-Cawley, the Arthur S. Holden Professor of Engineering and Chair Department of Materials Science and Engineering Case Western Reserve University will talk about the scarcity of mineral based materials and its impact on global economies.

The seminar will take place at 11:00 am in the Samsung Auditorium of the Kent State University Liquid Crystal & Materials Science Building.

Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, New York, has a staff of about 3,000 scientists and support personnel, and hosts about 4,000 guest researchers every year. Activities span many areas of physics, chemistry and biology, and past work at Brookhaven has yielded 7 Nobel Prizes. In 2010, research at Brookhaven led to over 800 peer-reviewed scientific papers.

Kent State physics professor Peter Tandy is part of a team of researchers that is challenging some established thinking in particle physics. Tandy collaborated with Stanley Brodsky a professor at Stanford University’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; Robert Shrock, a professor  at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University; and Craig Roberts, a senior physicist at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.

A team of researchers at Kent State University have discovered a new version of a widely used scientific technique. The technique is electrophoresis — in which an applied electric field is used to move particles dispersed in a fluid — and the new idea is to use a liquid crystal as the carrier fluid. The result is increased versatility, which may lead to new uses in display technologies, microfluidic devices and other applications.

As the lead flight controller for all the Apollo space missions, Sy Liebergot was a key player in the U.S. space program. Liebergot was at the focal point of the Apollo 13 crisis and played a prominent role in bringing the crew back to Earth safely.

"Void that is truly empty solves dark energy puzzle" is the tantalizing title of an article by the science journalist Rachel Courtland in the periodical New Scientist. Courtland's article is based on a refereed paper in the area of theoretical physics published this month in the journal Physical Review, authored by Kent State's Prof. Peter Tandy and three other scientists.