Department of Physics

Physics grad publishes in top research journal

Justin Bohnet attended UNI from 2004 to 2008. He graduated with a B.S. in physics and a 4.0 GPA. Justin was a presidential scholar and was very productive in undergraduate research, coauthoring papers published in Physical Review B and the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. HeSenator Harkin and Justin Bohnet picture also gave many presentations on his research, including a "Posters on the Hill" presentation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (see picture). Justin's experimental research on magnetic materials at UNI was done under the supervision of Dr. Paul Shand. In the summer of 2007, Justin participated in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where he worked on a project in biophysics. Based upon his overall academic performance, Justin garnered an Honorable Mention in the national Goldwater Scholarship competition in 2007. Outside of the classroom, Justin was also very active, especially in the UNI Glee Club. He was active in the Glee Club for almost his entire stay at UNI, singing in the Christmas concerts and other productions. Justin is now pursuing graduate studies in physics (quantum optics) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2010, he received a prestigious National Science Foundation graduate fellowship. Justin's current work has resulted in publications in the most prestigious journals in the world, including Physical Review Letters and Nature. The link to Justin's article in the journal Nature is given below. Justin's hometown is Sanborn, Iowa.

A steady-state superradiant laser with less than one intracavity photon