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Professor Donna Strickland , Katzenstein Distinguished Lecturer, March 13, 2020

The University of Connecticut, Department of Physics, is proud to announce that on March 13, 2020, Professor Donna Strickland of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo will be presenting the 2020 Distinguished Katzenstein Lecture. Prof. Strickland is one of the recipients of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for developing […]

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Insight from APS: Careers in Physics

What is a Bachelors of Science degree in Physics good for? What kinds of jobs are available to graduates who complete a 4-year degree in physics, but decide not to pursue an advanced degree? How does a physics degree stack up against other STEM fields in terms of employment options in today’s highly competitive job […]

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Ron Mallett Featured on NBC Connecticut

Could traveling into the past be part of our future? Quite possibly, says Ron Mallett, a UConn emeritus professor of physics who has studied the concept of time travel for decades. Earlier this month, he spoke with NBC Connecticut reporter Kevin Nathan about his life and work as a theoretical physicist, and discussed how time […]

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UConn Today: A New Phase for the Gant Science Complex

The UConn Today published an article highlighting the state of 10-year renovation of the Gant Science Complex. The Complex was first constructed between 1974 and 1978 and was home to the departments of mathematics and physics for several decades. The renovation to this 285,00 square-foot campus landmark is part of Next Generation Connecticut, the initiative […]

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Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell – 2019 Katzenstein Lecturer

The UConn Physics Department is delighted to announce that our 2019 Distinguished Katzenstein Lecturer will be Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell. Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell is world-famous for her discovery of pulsars in 1967. Pulsars are a special type of neutron star, the rotating dense remnant of a massive star. Pulsars have highly magnetic surfaces, and emit a beam of electromagnetic radiation […]

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Research Spotlight: Exploring the nature of the universe with Dr. Thomas Blum

The Daily Campus published an article highlighting the research of Prof. Thomas Blum about Quantum Chromodynamics, a theory which describes the interactions between elementary particles. The development of this theory could help further understanding of the Standard Model of particle physics. The Standard Model is what physicists use to describe the fundamental building blocks of […]

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Astronomer Jonathan Trump interviewed on UConn 360

UConn Astrophysicist and observational astronomer Jonathan Trump was a recent guest on UConn 360, a podcast from the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut. In this conversation, Jonathan tells about how attending a lecture as an undergraduate at Penn State captured his interest and changed the course of his professional career. Now Jonathan offers […]

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Greetings from the Department Head

New building, new teaching approach, new people – there is a lot of change and excitement in the air for the Physics Department in 2019. The most obvious change is that physics has moved into a newly renovated building. What most alumni will remember as the Math Building has been taken down to its frame […]

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Breaking Up is Hard To Do (for Electrons in High Temperature Superconductors)

Physicists used to think that superconductivity – electricity flowing without resistance or loss – was an all or nothing phenomenon. But new evidence suggests that it’s not so clear cut, at least in copper oxide superconductors. “If we understood why copper oxide is a superconductor at such high temperatures, we might be able to synthesize a better one”, says UConn physicist Ilya Sochnikov. Sochnikov and his colleagues at Rice University, Brookhaven National Lab and Yale recently figured out part of that puzzle, and they report their results in the latest issue of Nature.

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Daniel McCarron wins NSF Early Career Award

Daniel McCarron, assistant professor of physics, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will receive $645,000 over five years for his work on the development of techniques to trap large groups of molecules and cool them to temperatures near absolute zero. The possible control of molecules at this low temperature provides access to new research applications, such as quantum computers that can leverage the laws of quantum mechanics to outperform classical computers.

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Meet the Researcher: Carlos Trallero

When Carlos Trallero started his academic career in physics, he had no idea he would become a pioneer in a field of research that uses high-power lasers to investigate atomic and molecular physical phenomena. Originally from Cuba, where there isn’t much funding for experimental research, Trallero began his academic career by studying theoretical physics. But as a senior graduate student at Stony Brook University, he got the chance to work in a lab doing experimental work and quickly recognized it was his true passion.

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Amelia Henkel, Graduating President of the Undergraduate Women in Physics Club, speaks about her time at UConn

  Amelia Henkel, graduating Double Major in Physics and Human Rights, and President of the Undergraduate Women in Physics Club, speaks on the CLAS website about her passion for physics and human rights, and how she mastered challenges in her remarkably interdisciplinary curriculum. “We really need to interact with other disciplines,” says Amelia, “because that’s […]

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2019 Pollack Lecture

On April 11th and 12 of 2019 Prof. Paul Corkum of the Joint Attosecond Laboratory (University of Ottawa and the National Research Council of Canada) visited the department. Prof. Corkum’s main area of research is on the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with matter broadly defined. His most notable contribution is perhaps the discovery of […]

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Astronomers Assemble View of Evolving Universe

The University of Connecticut’s Katherine Whitaker is part of a team of astronomers who have put together the largest and most comprehensive “history book” of the universe from 16 years’ worth of observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.This image, a mosaic of nearly 7,500 separate Hubble exposures, presents a wide portrait of the distant universe and contains roughly 265,000 galaxies that stretch back through 13.3 billion years to just 500 million years after the Big Bang.

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UConn Physics Professor elected to AAAS

UConn physics professor Nora Berrah has been elected to the historic and prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. This year, more than 200 individuals were elected to the academy with compelling achievements in academia, business, government, and public affairs. Berrah, who was head of the physics department from 2014 to 2018, has been recognized […]

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UConn Astronomers React to First Photo of a Black Hole

This image is the first ever taken of a black hole, captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project. The black center is a direct view of the event horizon of a supermassive black hole with a mass of 6.5 billion times the Sun, lying at the center of the Virgo cluster of galaxies. The bright ring is emission from hot gas just above the event horizon, with an asymmetric shape caused by gravitational lensing of light in the strong gravity of the black hole. The EHT collaboration captured the image using a network of 8 radio telescopes that spanned the Earth.

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Charles Reynolds Lecture 2018: Prof Andrew Millis

The 2018 Reynolds lecture speaker was Prof Andrew Millis, a Professor of Physics at Columbia University and a co-Director of Center for Computational Quantum Physics at the Flatiron Institute. Dr. Millis’s research focus is theoretical condensed matter physics. He is the leading authority in theory of correlated materials, application of new theoretical ideas to actual […]

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  1. Dr. Julia Wildeboer, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of complex systems, Dr. Julia Wildeboer, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of complex systems, "Tales from the Quantum Spin Liquid Crypt", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar4:00pm 12/12
  2. Prof. A. Polkovnikov, Department of Physics, Boston University, Prof. A. Polkovnikov, Department of Physics, Boston University, "Periodically driven quantum systems", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 12/12
  3. Graduate Student Cheng Tu, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Graduate Student Cheng Tu, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Study HVP and HLbL contribution to the muon g - 2 using Lattice QCD ", PhD Dissertation Defense3:00pm 12/10
  4. Dr. Adrian Gozar, Applied Physics Department, Yale University , Dr. Adrian Gozar, Applied Physics Department, Yale University , "Optical nano-imaging of novel quantum materials and hetero-structures.", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 12/10
  5. Cancelled!, Prof. I. Sochnikov,  Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Cancelled: Graduate Student Seminar Cancelled!, Prof. I. Sochnikov, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Cancelled: Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 12/6
  6. Graduate Student Razib Obaid, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Graduate Student Razib Obaid, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Single and multi-photon induced ionization in atoms and molecules", PhD Dissertation Defense10:00am 12/5
  7. Dr. Fatma Aslam, University of Connecticut & Jefferson Lab, Dr. Fatma Aslam, University of Connecticut & Jefferson Lab, "Singularities in twist-3 distributions and QCD vacuum", Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar3:00pm 12/4
  8. Dr. Brian Svoboda,National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Dr. Brian Svoboda,National Radio Astronomy Observatory, "The earliest phases of high-mass star formation in the Milky Way", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm 12/4
  9. Dr. Fazel Tafti, Boston College, Dr. Fazel Tafti, Boston College, "Design Principles for the Kitaev Magnets with Emergent Majorana Fermions ", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 12/4
  10. Prof. Jie Wu, Westlake University, China, Prof. Jie Wu, Westlake University, China, "Electronic nematicity in unconventional superconductors", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/26
  11. Dr. N. Wink, University of Heidelberg, Dr. N. Wink, University of Heidelberg, "The gluon spectral function and its applications", Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/25
  12. Prof. Andrea Cavalleri  Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Hamburg , Prof. Andrea Cavalleri Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Hamburg , "Controlling Quantum Materials with Light", Physics Colloquium (Prof. Andrea Cavalleri)3:30pm 11/22
  13. Prof. C. Roychoudhuri,  Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. C. Roychoudhuri, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Complex interaction processes we need to visualize that successfully fill up the quantum cup of a detector", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 11/22
  14. Prof. Jie Wu, Westlake University, China, Prof. Jie Wu, Westlake University, China, "Electronic nematicity in unconventional superconductors", Cancelled: Special Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/21
  15. Dr. Christopher Faesi, University of Massachusetts  Amherst, Dr. Christopher Faesi, University of Massachusetts Amherst, "The Forest AND the Trees: Bridging the multi-scale physics of star formation", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm 11/20
  16. Dr. Cyril P. Opeil, Physics Department, Boston College , Dr. Cyril P. Opeil, Physics Department, Boston College , "Condensed Matter from Space: Thermal Properties of CM2 Meteorites", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/19
  17. Dr. William I. Jay, Theoretical Physics Department, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory , Dr. William I. Jay, Theoretical Physics Department, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory , "Composite BSM physics on the lattice", Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/18
  18. Prof. Zackaria Chacko, Department of Physics, University of Maryland, Prof. Zackaria Chacko, Department of Physics, University of Maryland, "Neutral Naturalness", Physics Colloquium (Prof. Zackaria Chacko, UMd)3:30pm 11/15
  19. Prof. E. Dormidontova,  Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. E. Dormidontova, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Soft Matter Physics: Computer Simulations and Theory", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 11/15
  20. 23rd Annual Katzenstein Distinguished Lecture Series 23rd Annual Katzenstein Distinguished Lecture Series4:00pm 11/8
  21. Prof. Meredith Hughes, Wesleyan, Prof. Meredith Hughes, Wesleyan, "Using Debris Disks to Trace the Dynamics of Planetary Systems", Physics Colloquium (Prof. Meredith Hughes, Wesleyan)3:30pm 11/1
  22. Prof. C. Battersby,  Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. C. Battersby, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "The Milky Way Laboratory", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 11/1
  23. H. Perry Hatchfield, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, H. Perry Hatchfield, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Understanding Enigmatic Star Formation Activity in the Milky Way's Galactic Center", Astronomy Seminar2:30pm 10/30
  24. Gloria Fonseca Alvarez, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Gloria Fonseca Alvarez, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "The Sloan Digital Sky Survey Reverberation Mapping Project Radius Luminosity Relation", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm 10/30
  25. Dr. Leonid Glazman, Department of Physics, Yale University, Dr. Leonid Glazman, Department of Physics, Yale University, "Topology of the Fermi surface wave functions and magnetic oscillations in metals", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 10/29
  26. Prof. Chunlei Guo, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, Prof. Chunlei Guo, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, "Material Functionalization with Femtosecond Lasers", Physics Colloquium (Prof. Chunlei Guo, University of Rochester)3:30pm 10/25
  27. Prof. M. Gai,  Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. M. Gai, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Nuclear Astrophysics", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 10/25
  28. Dr. C. Vargas, Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, Dr. C. Vargas, Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, "Disk-halo interaction in nearby galaxies -- New SFRs and the bright (but low surface brightness) future of UV space astronomy", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm 10/23
  29. Prof. P. Mannheim and  Prof. J. Trump , Physics Colloquium (The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics) Prof. P. Mannheim and Prof. J. Trump , Physics Colloquium (The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics)3:30pm 10/18
  30. Prof. A. Puckett,  Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. A. Puckett, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Sub-femtoscale structure of strongly interacting matter from "hard" electron-nucleus collisions", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 10/18
  31. Dr. V. Juričić, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Dr. V. Juričić, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, "Higher order topological states: General principle of construction and their realizations", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 10/17
  32. Dr. Jian-Xin Zhu, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dr. Jian-Xin Zhu, Los Alamos National Laboratory, "Electronic Structure and Topology in f-Electron Quantum Matter", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 10/15
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