It was exciting to recently learn that the BICEP2
[Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarisation:
experiment yielded exceptionally muscular results!
is a radio telescope system located near the South Pole,
measuring small angular scale polarisation fluctuations
in the cosmic microwave background radiation which permeates the universe.
Preliminary reports of their experimental results
claim [nearly] direct evidence for
cosmic inflation in the early universe
AND for the existence of gravitational waves!
These spectacular claims, if substantiated, will have enormous effect
on the field of cosmology.
AMU's Physics Program is poised to welcome our first-ever
cohort of seniors back to campus in Fall 2014!
I am especially looking forward to measuring a number of fundamental
constants with this pioneering crew in their Advanced Laboratory
Of course, you do not have to be a senior to enjoy physics at AMU.
Physics Phun will be had by the juniors, sophomores, and freshmen, too.
We are anticipating an action-packed year of instruction and other activities.
Planned elective classes include: Quantum Mechanics,
Special and General Relativity, and Simulations in Physics.
The physics majors and minors at AMU are an energetic and eclectic bunch,
with diverse interests and career plans.
If you think that you might like to join us, then
here are three things to do.
- Read over the curricular and programmatic information found at
- To get a sense of the tone, tenor, and calibre of the
introductory sequence of physics courses, have a peek at the
textbook for the first class:
- Inform us of your interest (and ask any questions that you might have)
via email to Physics@AveMaria.edu.