Department of Physics News and Events


Fresno State's station at Sierra Remote Observatories has been accepted into the GW-EM (gravitational wave-electromagnetic) Follow-Up Program of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC).

This means that when the LIGO (Laser Interferometric Gravitational-wave Observatory) starts making observations in 2015, they will contact Dr. Ringwald here at Fresno State whenever they detect gravitational waves in the northern sky. We will then point our telescope at the Sierra Remote Observatory at this, to see if visible light can be detected from it. Gravitational waves may come from supernovae (exploding stars), pulsars (dead cinders of stars), merging pairs of black holes, or who knows what.

This is a big opportunity for Fresno State, as it provides opportunities for doing cutting-edge science, in a way in which our students can participate.

Upcoming Events:

SPS Zone 18 Meeting April 18-19 at CSU Long Beach - Contact Doug Singleton to attend with the Fresno State contingent.

SLAC Summer Institute August 4-15.  Contact Doug Singleton to attend with the Fresno State contingent.

Physics Outreach This Week (April 21 to May 1):

  • wed. AS:  Fresno Adventist Academy, 5397 E. Olive, Fresno, 251-5548.
  • fri. AM(early) TV for Vintage days
  • fri. AM:  Mountain View elem, 2002 E. Alluvial, Fresno, 327-7500, van leaves at 9am.
  • fri. PM:  Clay elem, Saginaw & S. Smith, Kingsburg, 897-4185
  • fri. PM(4pm): Vintage days in the kids zone.
  • sat. AM (9am-noon) Vintage days.
  • thurs. May 1, TV with Alex Delgado & Lindsay Pena. Van leaves at 2pm, and gets back at 4pm.

2014 Graduation Dinner

May 3:  The 2014 Physics Graduation Dinner will be held Saturday, May 3rd at the Viticulture and Enology Research Center on the campus of Fresno State.  You are invited to arrive early to socialize with a beautiful view of the Fresno State vineyards.

For more details about the dinner, see the letter sent by the Department Chair, Ray Hall [docx/pdf].

To reserve your place, get the form (with map) [docx/pdf].

We have much to celebrate and share this year. We have a graduating class of more than 10 physics and biomedical physics majors, and a dozen minors. Also come meet our physics department scholarship recipients, and hear about our new faculty hire, as well as the adventures of our faculty research here and around the globe.

In addition we will honoring the decades of service of John Beckman as we wish him well in his retirement that commences this summer.


The 35th Annual Central California Research Symposium is going on April 24 here on the Fresno State Campus - Our own Physics Department has a great showing this year! Good job everyone!

Representing our department and others from our CSM and elsewhere are:

Maya Castro and Pei-Chun Ho, PhD, "Synthesis and Characterization of Nd Nanoparticles" (Maya Castro de La Torre, Ryan Fukuda, Dennis Margosan, Saeed Attar, Melissa Golden, Pei-
Chun Ho)

Carson Hoffman and David Lent, PhD, "Analysis of Visual Characteristics Related to Control of Travel Direction in Navigation of Ants"

Taylor McCullough-Hunter and Pei-Chun Ho, PhD, "Specific Heat of Pr1-Xndxos4sb12 from 10k to ~300k" (Taylor McCullough-Hunter(1), Pei-Chun Ho(1), M. Brian Maple(2), Tatsuya Yanagisawa(3) (1) California State University, Fresno, (2) University of California, San Diego, (3) Hokkaido University)

Kendall Hall, F. A. Ringwald, Ph.D. "Bow-Shock Nebulae in The WISE All-Sky Survey: Around The Celestial Equator" 

Ryan Fukuda, Pei-Chun Ho, Ph.D. "Nonaqueous Synthesis of Gadolinium and Neodymium Nanoparticles" (Ryan H. Fukuda, Maya Castro, Pei-Chun Ho, Saeed Attar, Melissa Golden, D. Margosan)

Andres Vargas, Pei-Chun Ho, Ph.D., "Thermopower Puck for Measurements of Thermodynamic Properties" (Andres Vargas, Ryan Fukuda, Nicholas Soliz, Pei-Chun Ho)

Melissa Blacketer, F. A. Ringwald, Ph.D., "Variability in Hot Subdwarfs and Related Objects from the Palomar Green Catalog"

Get the full program and more here.



Our Colloquium Schedule is available through this link.



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