Physicists are relationship experts. It’s their job to explore one of the most fundamental relationships of all - the one between matter and energy. Physicists help us understand the world at its most fundamental level, from the smallest particles to the universe itself.

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  • Eclipse Viewing Event

    The Department of Physics held a viewing party for the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. More than a thousand people from USD and the community turned out to see this rare phenomenon. Members of the department helped participants learn about solar eclipses and safety while observing the eclipse.

  • Photo of Dongming Mei with Ge researchers studying crystal growth.
    VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota is leading an international physics research project that has received a $4.35 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
  • Dongming Mei
    VERMILLION, S.D. -- University of South Dakota scientists have produced a radiation detector from the first large germanium crystals grown on campus, a significant step in the development of the semiconductor for use in science and commercial applications.

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