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A Signal from Beyond

UConn astrophysicist Chiara Mingarelli is part of a team of researchers who recently published data on a hint of a signal that sent ripples of excitement through the physics community. These monumental findings are the culmination of twelve and a half years of data gathered from NANOGrav — a network of pulsars across the galaxy — all in the hopes of detecting gravitational waves.

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UConn Physics alumnus Dr. Michael Wininger

UConn Physics alumnus Dr. Michael Wininger (BS, 2003) was recently featured in the professional journal O&P Almanac (Orthotics and Prosthetics). The article describes how his eclectic background, beginning with degrees from UConn, has enabled him to lead innovations in several areas of health research. Mike is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Biostatistics Department […]

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UConn Researcher an Architect for Astronomical Survey Making Observations Toward a New Understanding of the Cosmos

November 2, 2020 – Elaina Hancock – UConn Communications The Sloan Digital Sky Survey’s fifth generation – a groundbreaking project to bolster our understanding of the formation and evolution of galaxies, including the Milky Way – collected its very first observations on the evening of October 23. Image: The Sloan Digital Sky Survey’s fifth generation […]

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The passing of UConn Physics Professor Emeritus, Arnold Russek

Arnold Russek, a theoretical atomic physicist, born July 13, 1926, in New York, passed away on October 13th, 2020, in Colorado. As a young man of 18, he served honorably as a radio engineer in the Pacific during WWII. He earned his Ph.D. at the Courant Institute at New York University in 1953, and taught […]

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AAS Author Interview with Gloria Fonseca Alvarez

UConn graduate student Gloria Fonseca Alvarez was featured with a video in the Author Interview series produced by the American Astronomical Society (AAS). In this video, Gloria talks about her work to understand the inner environments of black holes. The paper highlighted in the video shows that the orbits of emission-line gas around supermassive black holes are often smaller than expected from previous observations.

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Stretching Makes Superconductor

Most superconductors only work when they’re super cold. Chemists and metallurgists have experimented with different combinations of elements for years, trying to get superconductors that work at temperatures close to room temperature. Sochnikov and his students are thinking about it differently. What if mechanical changes such as squeezing or stretching could make a material a superconductor?

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Longtime Science Pioneer Passes Away

Throughout her long life, Cynthia Peterson educated and enriched her family, her students, and her community through science, discovery, and a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching prospective scientists. Through community outreach and during her many years as a professor, Cynthia taught many that wonderment can be found simply by looking up at the night sky.

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My Long-time Friend and Colleague, Prof. Cynthia W. Peterson

When I arrived in Storrs from New York City in 1969 to teach physics at the University of Connecticut, one of the first colleagues I met was Dr. Cynthia Peterson. She had an infectious enthusiasm that appealed to me and my wife Anne. It turned out that Anne and Cynthia had both been students at […]

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New Physics Faculty: Erin Scanlon

Erin Scanlon joins our Department in fall 2020 as Assistant Professor in Residence at the Avery Point Campus. Erin comes to UConn with an impressive track record of university teaching experience and scholarship in physics education research (PER). After earning a master’s degree in physics from Georgia Institute of Technology, Erin joined the faculty at […]

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2020-Newsletter Department Head Greeting

It’s been crazy. That holds for everybody over these past six months; UConn and the Physics Department as well. Events unfurled rapidly last March. Within a week the March Meeting of the APS was cancelled, our department had to postpone the 2020 Katzenstein Lecture with Donna Strickland, and then the University announced that students would […]

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Spring 2020: The Efforts of Many Made Distance Learning Possible

The transition to online learning that was necessitated due to the COVID-19 outbreak was not without its challenges. Faculty had roughly 10 days to adapt to a modality of instruction most were not used to. TAs had to simultaneously learn how to teach remotely while also adjusting to having the courses they were taking also […]

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Physics Alum Receives NSF CAREER Award

UConn Physic alum, Dr. Hyewon Pechkis, an Assistant Professor of Physics at the California State University Chico recently received the prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. This five-year grant titled “Making a Difference in First Year Underrepresented Students’ Education through Research: Quantum Coherence in a Bose Thermal Gas” will facilitate the involvement of […]

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New Physics Faculty: Chris Faesi

We are very excited to extend a warm welcome to a new UConn Physics Faculty member, Dr. Christopher Faesi. Chris is an astrophysicist, specializing in both observational work and modelling, primarily in the study of star formation. He got his PhD at Harvard University, followed by a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy […]

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Prof. Kyungseon Joo named Chair of CLAS Collaboration at Jefferson Lab

Kyungseon Joo, a professor of physics, has been named Chair of the CLAS Collaboration, one of the largest international collaborations in nuclear physics.  CLAS involves 50 institutions from 9 countries and has about 250 collaborators.  The collaboration recently completed the upgrade of the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS12) for operation at 11 GeV beam energy […]

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Physics Department Joins APS-IDEA Network

The Physics Department’s Diversity & Multiculturalism Committee (DMC) was accepted into the APS Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Alliance (APS-IDEA). Despite years of efforts on local and national levels, the diversity in many physics departments is not reflective of the diversity nationwide. Our department is no exception in this regard. The new APS initiative was created […]

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Professor Luchang Jin receives prestigious DOE Early Career Award

Assistant Professor of Physics Luchang Jin has been chosen to receive a prestigious Early Career Award from the US Department of Energy’s Office of High Energy Physics (HEP) for 2020. The amount of the award is $750,000 to be used over five years. The DOE Early Career Award is extremely competitive: this year only 16 scientists in […]

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Jonathan Trump wins NSF Early Career Award

Jonathan Trump, Assistant Professor of Physics, will receive $738,090 over five years to compile a census of supermassive black holes in the universe. This will give insights into how supermassive black holes and galaxies evolve across cosmic time. Trump will also develop a bridge program for underrepresented undergraduate physics majors at UConn to increase their […]

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New result for part of muon anomaly

  Professors Luchang Jin and Tom Blum, along with colleagues at BNL and Columbia, Nagoya and Regensburg universities have completed a first-ever calculation of the hadronic light-by-light scattering contribution to the muon’s anomalous magnetic moment with all errors controlled. The work is published in Physical Review Letters as an Editor’s Suggestion and also appeared in Physics […]

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Radiation Damage Spreads

A single x-ray can unravel an enormous molecule, physicists report in the March 17 issue of Physical Review Letters. Their findings could lead to safer medical imaging and a more nuanced understanding of the electronics of heavy metals. Medical imaging techniques such as MRIs use heavy metals from the bottom of the periodic table as …

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  1. Professor Philip Mannheim University of Connecticut Physics Department Colloquium Series, Prof. Philip Mannheim (Physics Colloquium) Professor Philip Mannheim University of Connecticut Physics Department Colloquium Series, Prof. Philip Mannheim (Physics Colloquium)3:30pm 3/5
  2. Prof. Vernon Cormier, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. Vernon Cormier, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Earth's Core: formation, structure, and the geodynamo", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 3/5
  3. Dr. Antonio Picón, Departamento de Química, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Dr. Antonio Picón, Departamento de Química, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, "Mapping the real-time movies of chemical bonds", Atomic, Molecular, And Optical Physics Seminar4:00pm 3/3
  4. Dr. Siddharth Mohite, UW-Milwaukee and CCA, Flatiron Institute, Dr. Siddharth Mohite, UW-Milwaukee and CCA, Flatiron Institute, "Investigating Populations across the Gravitational-Wave Mass Spectrum: Statistical Tools and Implications for Astrophysics", Astronomy Seminar11:30am 3/3
  5. Joyce Caliendo, University of Connecticut  , Joyce Caliendo, University of Connecticut , "Early Science with the Large Millimeter Telescope: Constraining the Gas Fraction of a Compact Quiescent Galaxy at z = 1.883 ", Astronomy Seminar11:00am 3/3
  6. Dr. H. Larsson, California Institute of Technology, Dr. H. Larsson, California Institute of Technology, "Molecules in quantum motion --- Understanding electrons, nuclei, and their interactions", Atomic, Molecular, And Optical Physics Seminar4:00pm 3/1
  7. Prof. Stella Offner, UT Austin, Prof. Stella Offner, UT Austin, "Physics Department Colloquium", Professor Stella Offner (Physics Colloquium)3:30pm 2/26
  8. Graduate Student Yasaman Homayouni, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, PhD Dissertation Defense Graduate Student Yasaman Homayouni, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, PhD Dissertation Defense1:00pm 2/26
  9. Prof. Nora Berrah, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. Nora Berrah, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Probing Molecular Dynamics in Real Time with Fancy Lasers", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 2/26
  10. Dr. Jean Marcel Ngoko Djiokap, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Dr. Jean Marcel Ngoko Djiokap, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, "Control of Electron Motion on an Attosecond Timescale ", Atomic, Molecular, And Optical Physics Seminar4:00pm 2/24
  11. Dr. S. Feeney, UCL, Dr. S. Feeney, UCL, "Clarifying the Hubble Constant Tension", Astronomy Seminar11:00am 2/24
  12. Prof. Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Ubiquitous presence of "electric tension" & "magnetic resistance" all across physics theories", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 2/19
  13. Dr. Anh-Thu Le, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Dr. Anh-Thu Le, Missouri University of Science and Technology, "Toward Ultrafast Molecular Imaging with Intense Laser Pulses ", Atomic, Molecular, And Optical Physics Seminar4:00pm 2/17
  14. Dr. Francois Mauger, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Dr. Francois Mauger, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Louisiana State University, " Watching electrons move in molecules", Atomic, Molecular, And Optical Physics Seminar4:00pm 2/15
  15. Professor Philip Mannheim University of Connecticut Physics Department Colloquium Series, CANCELED/POSTPONED: Prof. Philip Mannheim (Physics Department Colloquium) Professor Philip Mannheim University of Connecticut Physics Department Colloquium Series, CANCELED/POSTPONED: Prof. Philip Mannheim (Physics Department Colloquium)3:30pm 2/12
  16. Prof M. Gai, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof M. Gai, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Cold Fusion: What have we (and the white house) learned from this historical scientific blunder", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 2/12
  17. Dr. Kris Pardo, Jet Propulsion Laboratory  , Dr. Kris Pardo, Jet Propulsion Laboratory , "Detecting Gravitational Waves and Dark Matter with the Roman Space Telescope's Exoplanet Microlensing Survey", Astronomy Seminar11:00am 2/10
  18. Prof A. Balatsky, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof A. Balatsky, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Dynamic Orders in Quantum matter ", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 2/5
  19. Dr. A. Stevens, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan State University and University of Michigan, Dr. A. Stevens, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan State University and University of Michigan, "Mapping Matter in Strong Gravity: Spectral-Timing of Black Holes and Neutron Stars ", Astronomy Seminar11:00am 2/3
  20. Prof. J. Haraldsen, University of North Florida  , Prof. J. Haraldsen, University of North Florida , "Examining multi-band effects on the electronic compressibility of a 2D electron gas: Insights into the negative compressibility of LAO/STO", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar11:00am 2/3
  21. Prof. Stewart Prager, Princeton University, Prof. Stewart Prager, Princeton University, "Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction", Physics Colloquium (Professor Stewart Prager, Princeton University)3:30pm 1/29
  22. Prof C. Battersby, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof C. Battersby, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "With the participation of Dr. Daniel Walker, and graduate student H Perry Hatchfield ", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 1/29
  23. Prof. P. Mannheim, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. P. Mannheim, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Is Dark Matter Fact or Fantasy -- Clues from the Data", Astronomy Seminar11:00am 1/27
  24. Physics Colloquium, Prof. Chiara Mingarelli, UConn, Professor Chiara Mingarelli (Physics Colloquium) Physics Colloquium, Prof. Chiara Mingarelli, UConn, Professor Chiara Mingarelli (Physics Colloquium)3:30pm 1/22
  25. Prof C. Trallero, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof C. Trallero, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Quantum dynamics from solids to isolated atoms", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 1/22
  26. Dr. Caitlin Witt, Department of Physics and Astronomy, West Virginia University, Astronomy Seminar Dr. Caitlin Witt, Department of Physics and Astronomy, West Virginia University, Astronomy Seminar10:00am 1/20
  27. Graduate Student Phillip Price, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, PhD Dissertation Defense Graduate Student Phillip Price, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, PhD Dissertation Defense1:00pm 12/9
  28. Anahita Alavi, University of California, Riverside, Anahita Alavi, University of California, Riverside, "Dwarf Galaxies Before Exciting Future Observations: The Importance of Extragalactic HST UV Imaging Surveys", Astronomy Seminar12:00pm 12/9
  29. Condensed Matter Physics Seminar Condensed Matter Physics Seminar10:00am 12/8
  30. Prof P. Mannheim,  Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof P. Mannheim, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "The Ginzburg-Landau Theory of Phase Transitions", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 12/4
  31. Prof. Steven Longmore, Liverpool John Moores University, Prof. Steven Longmore, Liverpool John Moores University, "Ecosystems and Life", Astronomy Seminar10:00am 12/2
  32. Prof. H.Haggard, Bard College, Prof. H.Haggard, Bard College, "Why do so many black holes measured in gravitational waves have zero spin?", Particle, Astrophysics, And Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/30
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