Professor Alison Sweeney studies bio-optical properties of cephalopods and the cellular and biochemical mechanisms of dynamic camouflage.


LaBr3 detector modules for Next Generation PET scanners

On the left is a schematic of adjacent modules with overlapping photomultiplier tubes while the right is a photograph of a single module with PMT's and 8-mm thick light guide.  Improvements in timing resolution for time-of-flight PET is the research of Adjunct Prof. Joel Karp in Penn Radiology.

Penn Summer Science Academy in Experimental Physics

PSSA - Experimental Physics is a four week program that focuses on modern physics with an emphasis on hands-on experience and laboratory work. There is no requirement of a previous physics course, although typically about half of our students have taken one prior to attending PSSA.


David Rittenhouse Laboratory - Walnut Street view

DRL is the academic home of the Mathematics and Physics and Astronomy departments at Penn.  It is named for David Rittenhouse, a noted American astronomer born near Germantown, Philadelphia.  Rittenhouse was one of the first to build a telescope in the United States and was Professor of Astronomy at Penn starting in 1779.


Topological Insulators

Recent physics research shows how spin-orbit coupling can rearrange electronic bands in a solid to make a "topological insulator" - a new quantum phase of matter with conductive surfaces even though its bulk is insulating.  Penn physicists Professor Charlie Kane and Professor Gene Mele pioneered the theoretical discovery of such materials in 2005.