Physics and Astronomy

Simulating gas dynamics and binary black holes on a computer

Supermassive black holes are the universe’s most immense single objects. These monsters can weigh more than a billion suns, and are the subjects of intense interest in the astronomical community. They are the engines powering the spectacular jets of material (so-called AGN jets) that emanate from the cores of some galaxies, and they offer precious clues […]

Dr. Jens Oberheide has Research Highlighted by the AGU

Space Physicist Jens Oberheide is co-author on a study selected as a research highlight by the American Geophysical Union.  The Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) instrument is the first NASA/ComSat owner-operator partnership for delivering a science payload into a geostationary orbit. GOLD’s unique observing geometry mitigates the decade-old problem of low Earth […]

Dr. Jian He and Collaborators Develop a Ductile van der Waals Inorganic Semiconductor

Dr. Jian He of the Department of Physics & Astronomy Clemson is a corresponding author of a Science article describing a new van der Waals inorganic semiconductor. The van der Waals inorganic semiconductors are generally brittle and prone to cleavage in its bulk form at room temperature. However, an international team of scientists found that this […]

Physics & Astronomy Graduate Student Leads Paper Featured on the NASA Heliophysics Webpage

Graduate Student, Rafael Mesquita, led a team that measured the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability (KHI) as a part of a rocket launch campaign in 2018, out of the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska. Over the years, folks have observed an increased concentration of nitrogen in the thermosphere (above 100 km and usually oxygen heavy) and atomic oxygen […]