Understanding the physical properties and phenomena of the natural world
Physical science research encompass fields like astronomy, quantum materials, fluid dynamics, nanotechnology, forensics, space sciences, and environmental chemistry. These fields link to collaborative efforts across the university, especially with the Volgeneau School of Engineering and the microfabrication facility.
Physical Sciences Spotlight: NASA's TESS, Spitzer Missions Discover a World Orbiting A Unique Young Star
For more than a decade, astronomers have searched for planets orbiting AU Microscopii, a nearby star still surrounded by a disk of debris left over from its formation. Now scientists using data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and retired Spitzer Space Telescope report the discovery of a planet about as large as Neptune that circles the young star in just over a week.