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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 […]

## 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 […]

## 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.

## 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?

## 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.

## 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 […]

## 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 […]

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 […]

## 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 […]

## 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 […]

## 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 […]

## 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 […]

## 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 […]

## 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 […]

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 …

## Cancelled: Professor Donna Strickland , Katzenstein Distinguished Lecturer

Dear Friends of UConn Physics, Due to the current health situation and concerns surrounding the Corona virus, we are canceling the Katzenstein Lecture and Banquet scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2020. It was an agonizing decision to cancel, but our first priority is the health of all who would have been attending, our special […]

## UConn seismometer detects Puerto Rico event

The Geophysics research group (Prof. Vernon Cormier and students) operate a seismic wave station that continuously monitors vibrations in the earth’s crust, many of which arise from seismic events that happen far away. These waves travel through the deep earth, and eventually make their way to the surface where they are detected. The above […]

1. We will have two presentations and by Los Alamos theorists:, Condensed Matter Physics Seminar9:30am 11/24
2. Prof A. Balatsky, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Dynamic Quantum Matter and Dark Matter Detection ", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 11/20
3. Graduate Student Kemal Tezgin, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Theoretical and Phenomenological Studies of the Nucleon Structure in High Energy Reactions ", PhD Dissertation Defense1:00pm 11/18
4. Theoretical and Phenomenological Studies of the Nucleon Structure in High Energy Reactions , Doctoral Dissertation Oral Defense Of Kemal Tezgin1:00pm 11/18
5. Dr. Vivienne Baldassare, Washington State Univeristy , "Searching for active galactic nuclei in low-mass galaxies via optical variability", Astronomy Seminar11:00am 11/18
6. Prof A. Puckett, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 11/13
7. Professor Saroj Prasad Dash, Quantum Device Physics Laboratory, Dept. Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, "Spin Current in Topological Quantum Materials", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar10:00am 11/10
8. Jacob Franklin, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Quantum sensing for nanoscale magnetic imaging", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 11/6
9. Mohammad Akhshik, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "REQUIEM-2D: REsolving QUIEscent Magnified galaxies using strong gravitational lensing, 2D grism spectroscopy and multi-band photometry", Astronomy Seminar10:00am 11/4
10. Prof Jeremy Levy, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh, "Ferroelastic Textures, Magnetism, and Superconductivity in LaAlO3/SrTiO3", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar10:00am 11/3
11. Profs. Gerald Dunne and Jon Trump, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Black Holes: The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics", The 2020 Nobel Prize In Physics (Physics Department Colloquium)3:30pm 10/30
12. Dr. Bradford Snios, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, "Kinematics of extragalactic jets", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 10/30
13. Prof. Elena Dormidontova, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Soft Matter Physics: HPC Simulations and Theory", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 10/23
14. Prof. Erin Scanlon, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "An Introduction to Physics Education Research", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 10/16
15. Dr. Viktor Mokeev, Jefferson National Laboratory, "Advances in the Exploration of the Nucleon Resonance Spectrum and Structure in Experimentswith CLAS and CLAS12", Particle, Astrophysics, And Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 10/12
16. Dr. James Guillochon, Berkshire Gray, "From Black Holes, to Data Science, to Robots: Tips &amp; tricks for going into industry", Physics Colloquium: From Black Holes To Robots3:30pm 10/9
17. Dr. Hossein Sadeghpour, Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, "Quantum electron scattering", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 10/9
18. Dr. Semeon Valgushev, Brookhaven National Lab, "Phase diagram of QCD and Lifshitz regime: how transverse thermal fluctuations might turn nuclear matter into quantum-spin liquid", Particle, Astrophysics, And Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 10/5
19. Prof. M. Gai, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Oxygen Formation in Stellar Helium Burning", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 10/2
20. Prof. Richard Milner MIT, Physics Colloquium: Visualizing The Proton3:30pm 9/25
21. Graduate Student Benjamin Commeau, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Two Studies on Topological Properties of Organic Superconductors and a new Quantum Dynamical Simulation Algorithm", PhD Dissertation Defense2:00pm 9/25
22. Prof. T. Blum, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Lattice QCD at UConn", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 9/18
23. Graduate Student Saman Bastami, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Studies on Hadron Structure through Transverse-Momentum-Dependent Parton Distribution Functions", PhD Dissertation Defense1:15pm 9/11
24. Prof. D. McCarron, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "A quantum-leap towards next generation technologies", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 9/11
25. Doctoral Dissertation Oral Defense of Saman Bastami1:30pm 9/7
26. Graduate Student Brandon A. Clary, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Exclusive Phi Production Beam Spin Asymmetry Measurements with CLAS12", PhD Dissertation Defense9:30am 8/21
27. Dr. D. Farfurnik, University of Maryland, "Enhancing the coherence properties of quantum dots toward quantum photonic applications", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar10:00am 7/14
28. Graduate Student Daniel McNeel, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Shape Coexistence in $$^{28}$$Mg: Structure of a Transitional Nucleus", PhD Dissertation Defense1:00pm 6/11
29. Graduate Student Matthew Phelps, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Cosmological Fluctuations in Standard and Conformal Gravity", PhD Dissertation Defense10:00am 6/2
30. Prof. Chiara Mingarelli, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Probing supermassive black hole mergers with pulsar timing", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 4/24
31. Graduate Student Lukasz Kuna, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Mesoscale Studies of Nanostructured Multi-Functional Materials", PhD Dissertation Defense10:00am 4/16
32. Prof. L. Levitov, Department of Physics, MIT, "Long-Lived Excitations, Directional Memory and Hydrodynamic Transport in Two-Dimensional Electron Fluids", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar9:00am 4/10
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