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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  • Image Ryan MacLellan and Dongming Mei

    VERMILLION, S.D. — Two University of South Dakota faculty members worked on this year’s Nobel Prize winning topic in physics as graduate students, and one of them worked directly with Nobel winner Arthur B. McDonald.

  • Top Producer

    The Department of Physics was recently recognized by the American Physical Society as being a Top Producer for having females earn a large fraction of Master’s degrees awarded  during the time period from 2010 - 2012, which ranked them in the top five nationally for all master’s producing institutions.  
  • Germanium

    Born inside distant, pulsating stars, germanium is a rare element on Earth most closely related to silicon and tin. Researchers at USD are working on ways to turn this shiny, grayish white metalloid into extremely sensitive sensors that may someday reveal the secrets of dark matter.

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