News & Events

  • "I use observations to study the most common type of star in our Galaxy: small, cool stars called M dwarfs. How do these stars' spins and magnetic properties change over time? What types of planets orbit them?"

    Read more about the 2019 incoming Faculty members including Professor Newton from Dartmouth News

  • On Jan. 4, Dartmouth Professor James Labelle’s electromagnetic sounding equipment became a payload for NASA’s CAPER-2 rocket above Norway's Andøya Space Center. Data transmitted by the rocket on its ascent will provide valuable insight into the interactions of charged particles and electromagnetic waves in space — specifically, how nature tends to create its own particle accelerators above our atmosphere. “Our goal is the prediction of weather in space the way we predict it here in the...

  • Christine Qi '19 pictured second from left, visited The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) for four months as a research intern in particle physics analysis.  CERN operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world and is responsible for the discovery of Higgs boson in 2012.  There she designed a set of event selections for Higgs boson pair production which will confirm the existence of Higgs self-coupling predicted by the Standard Model.

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  • The Balloon Array for Radiation belt Relativistic Electron Losses (BARREL) is a NASA sponsored, multiple-balloon investigation that studies Earth's radiation belts. The most recent launch was designed and overseen by Dartmouth physics Professor Robyn Millan and her "Balloon Group", who released the atmospheric sounding device from McMurdo Station, Antarctica on Dec. 9, 2018, as pictured above. Their BARREL payload flies as a mission of opportunity on a NASA superpressure balloon, and is...

  • It gets cold outside in the winter, but the coldest spot around is in Prof. Wright's lab in the basement of Wilder where an array of lasers traps these small clouds of lithium atoms and cools them almost to absolute zero temperature. The pictures show how the temperature of a cloud is measured: by releasing it and allowing it to expand for a fraction of a second. Colder clouds expand less, because the atoms are moving more slowly. The smallest cloud has a temperature of less than one...

  • The Neukom Fellows program is an interdisciplinary postdoctoral program at Dartmouth that may provide another means of working with or being mentored by faculty in our department. Please see the position announcement at ...

  • Congratulation to Professor Lorenza Viola on her appointment as a Divisional Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters starting September 1st.


  • Professor Rahul Sarpeshkar recently gave a TEDx Talk entitled Analog Supercomputers: From Quantum Atom to Living Body. The video can be seen here.

  • The Gravity in the Quantum Regime workshop took place in Wilder Laboratory, Dartmouth College on June 28th-29th, 2018. This workshop brought together researchers tackling theoretical issues at the intersection of quantum theory and gravitational physics. Read more at

  •  Great turn out for the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  We had 14 senior honor theses this year.  Congratuations Class of 2018.