Physics Department Undergraduate Newsletter


posted January 12, 2017 (last updated on February 7, 2017)

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(posted February 6, 2017) From today's The Daily

What was out universe like before the big bang?
Gizmodo: Kurt Hinterbichler, assistant professor of physics, explained why a low-entropy beginning to the universe isn't an issue for some theoretical physicists.


(posted January 4, 2017)

Comings & Goings

Benjamin Monreal is joining the department this spring and will be co-teaching PHYS 302/318.  He is an experimental physicist working in particle/astrophysics and was formerly at the University of California, Santa Barbara. You can learn more about Prof. Monreal at

Emanuela Dimastrogiovanni is joining the department this spring as a Visiting Assistant Professor, teaching PHYS 310. Prof. Dimastrogiovanni is a theoretician working in particle astrophysics.

(posted January 12, 2017) From today's The Daily, related to Prof. Xuan Gao's research
CWRU Researchers Directly Measure how Perovskite Solar Films Efficiently Convert Light to Power
Solar cells made with films mimicking the structure of the mineral perovskite are the focus of worldwide research. But only now have researchers at Case Western Reserve University directly shown the films bear a key property allowing them to efficiently convert sunlight into electricity. Identifying that attribute could lead to more efficient solar panels. Electrons generated when light strikes the film are unrestricted by grain boundaries - the edges of crystalline subunits within the film - and travel long distances without deteriorating, the researchers showed. That means electric charge carriers that become trapped and decay in other materials are instead available to be drawn off as current.


(posted December 8, 2016)

The spring/summer edition of the College of Arts & Science newsletter had a feature article, A Life in Physics, about Prof. Robert Brown. You can find it at .