Physics Department

As Black Holes Collide, Scientists Detect More Activity in Deep Space

There’s renewed excitement in the scientific world after advanced measuring equipment picked up signals indicating the collision of two black holes some three billion light years away. The discovery came from researchers at the Laser-Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO), who first detected such waves September 14, 2015.

Physics and Astronomy Faculty Write Letter to Trump for Climate Change

In January 2017, two Bowdoin physics professors assisted in writing a letter to President Donald Trump (then President-elect) requesting him to undertake climate change as a top priority. Over 700 physics and astronomy professors across the nation signed the letter.

Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

‘What Matters’ Campus Conversations: Diversity in the Science Classroom

‘What Matters’ campus conversation discusses diversity in the physics classroom.

Alexa Staley ’11 Involved in LIGO’s Detection of Gravitational Waves

Once upon a time, an indescribably long distance away, two black holes collided and merged. 1.3 billion years later, scientists picked up the “ripples” caused by that cataclysmic event: the first time these types of gravitational waves have been detected.

Two Physics Professors Appointed to Endowed Chairs

Two Bowdoin physics professors – Thomas Baumgarte and Stephen Naculich – are honored for their “significant contributions to scholarship at the college.” Baumgarte has been appointed the William R. Kenan Professors of Physics, while Naculich is now the LaCasce Family Professor of Natural Sciences.

Remembering Professor of Physics Emeritus Roy LaCasce (1923-2015)

“Roy’s lifelong devotion to the College is evidence to us all that he was a teacher and a scholar who believed deeply in what we do here and in the power of education to shape and sustain society. Our community says farewell with sadness, but also with a deep sense of gratitude for Roy, for his high standards and many contributions, and for his dedication to Bowdoin.”

Physics Department Creates New Major for Future High School Teachers

In response to a national shortage of qualified high school physics teachers, Bowdoin’s physics department has teamed up with the education department to create a new major that prepares students to teach physics in secondary schools.