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Physics Majors Win Undergraduate Awards

April 10, 2015 -

2015 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Department of Physics is happy to congratulate James Brogan, class of 2016, as the recipient of the 2015 Goldwater Scholarship. The Excellence in Education Foundation established the scholarship fund named for former Senator Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona, to support the undergraduate study of students who demonstrate talent and interest in Mathematics or the Natural Sciences. The purpose of the scholarship is to strengthen the training of American students in Science and Mathematics and to encourage talented students to pursue graduate study, teaching, and research in these areas.

The scholarship will cover undergraduate expenses for tuition, books, fees, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year for two years. Goldwater Scholarships thus represent outstanding opportunities for those students who have a demonstrated interest in a career in Science or Mathematics.

Dean’s Scholars

The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences selected the brightest scholars from the junior class based on their overall academic performance, recommendations from their departmental faculty, co-curricular initiatives, and their sense of purpose in how they approach their future. The Department of Physics congratulates the following students for being named Dean’s Scholars: Andrew Boyce, James Brogan, Peter Czajka, Ian Madden

Sophomore Scholars

The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences selected academically distinguished members of the Sophomore Class, who are ranked in the top three percent of their class, to receive this award. The Department of Physics congratulates the following students for being named Sophomore Scholars: Andrew Gross, Thomas Kessler, Sarah Steiger, Ao Zeng

Burch group work published in Physical Review Letters reports signs of a new fractionalized particles

April 7, 2015 -

The combination of electronic correlation and spin-orbit coupling is thought to precipitate a variety of highly unusual electronic phases in solids, including topological and quantum spin liquid states. The burch group has found evidence for such frtionalized excitations in the compound RuCl3 using Raman spectroscopy, as reported in Physical Review Letters.

Professors Kempa and Herczynski co-author a Nature Communication article

December 17, 2014 -

Professors Kempa and Herczynski co-author a Nature Communication article proposing a new direction in optoelectronics research, based on Nature's own designs. Titled "Bio-inspired Networks for Optoelectronic Applications," and written in collaboration with researchers in South China Normal University, (Guangzhou, China), the paper shows that using natural structures such as spider webs and leaf venation networks can lead to a new generation of highly efficient solar cells, flexible touch screens, and other devices.

Prof. David Broido elected Fellow of American Physical Society

December 16, 2014 -

David Broido, Professor of Physics at Boston College, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). The APS's Fellowship Program recognizes members who have made exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education. Election to Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by ones peers and limited to no more than one half of one percent of the over 50,000 APS members.

Professor Broido was cited for his outstanding research, which is focused on developing predictive theoretical approaches to better understand heat conduction in solid materials. Discovery of new materials with very low and very high thermal conductivity can aid in efficient harvesting of electricity from heat and in cooling of microelectronic devices.  The APS citation reads: “For seminal theoretical contributions to the fundamental understanding of thermal and thermoelectric transport in bulk and nanostructured materials”.

BC Physics now has four of its faculty selected for this highly competitive honor, with Professor Broido joining Rourke Professor Kevin Bedell, Distinguished Research Professor Gabor Kalman and the department's chairman, Ferris Professor Michael Naughton.

NEW! Faculty Positions Available

September 5, 2014 -

The Department of Physics at Boston College invites applications from outstanding candidates to join a major expansion in experimental condensed matter, with emphases on nanoscale integrated science, energy and photonics. Please visit the Positions Available page for more information.


June 17, 2014 -

Inspired by "Digital Dubliners," Ferris Professor of Physics Michael Naughton illustrated the connection between library and laboratory by etching the text of Dubliners onto a 2.5-square-millimeter patch using a sophisticated nanolithography technique more commonly employed to build electronics than to print miniature editions of classic literature. Boston Globe

Near-field Nanophotonics Workshop - July 21-22, 2014

May 28, 2014 -

The Department of Physics is pleased to announce we will co-host a Near-Field NanoPhotonics Workshop and Multiprobe School. NSOM and MultiProbe NSOM have emerged as the premier tools in Photonics and Plasmonics characterization whether in silicon photonics, photonic band gap materials or plasmonic nanofocusing.

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