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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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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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Kate Whitaker wins the Sloan Fellowship!

Original UConn Today article here Rising Star in Astrophysics Receives Sloan Foundation Fellowship February 19, 2019 – Jessica McBride – Office of the Vice President for Research Kate Whitaker, assistant professor of physics, stands next to a telescope inside the observatory on top of the Gant Complex on Feb. 14, 2019. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo) As […]

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Goodwin School 3rd grade visits the Physics Learning Labs

About one mile from the Gant plaza, Goodwin Elementary School teaches some really bright kids. On January 15, 2019, science teacher Nancy Titchen and Goodwin teachers brought the entire 3rd grade class on a field trip to the Physics Learning Labs mock-up studio for some science fun. Students enjoyed a liquid nitrogen show, witnessed quantum […]

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Nora Berrah Named 2018 AAAS Fellow

Physics professor Nora Berrah has been named a 2018 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Prof. Berrah has been recognized for her distinguished contributions to the field of molecular dynamics, particularly for pioneering non-linear science using x-ray lasers and spectroscopy using synchrotron light sources. View full story on CLAS website.

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Hands-On Approach to Physics

Step into a fall 2018 class section of PHYS 1602: Fundamentals of Physics II, and you’ll find a scene that’s far from the large introductory science lectures common on most college campuses. Anna Regan ’21 (CLAS) utilizes a whiteboard to try out solutions during her group’s problem-solving tutorial. (Bri Diaz/UConn Photo) To start, the class […]

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Faculty Profile: UConn Astrophysicist Cara Battersby

A young Cara Battersby once scrawled out the phrase “Science is curious” in a school project about what she wanted to do when she grew up.

This simple phrase still captures Battersby’s outlook on her research about our universe.

Recently shortlisted for the 2018 Nature Research Inspiring Science Award, Battersby has been working on several projects aimed at unfolding some of the most compelling mysteries of galaxies near and far.

“I’m really interested in how stars are born,” Battersby says. “They’re the source of all life on Earth.”

Battersby is leading an international team of over 20 scientists to map the center of the Milky Way Galaxy using the Submillimeter Array in Hawaii, in a large survey called CMZoom. She was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant to follow-up on this survey and create a 3D computer modeled map of the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.

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Welcoming Barrett Wells as new department head

  In August 2018, Professor Barrett Wells entered as the new head of the Physics department, following Professor Nora Berrah.  Barrett is an experimental condensed matter physicists with a robust research program involved in both synthesis and advanced experimentation around novel phases of quantum materials. Barrett brings to the department strong administrative talent, having served […]

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UConn Physics major wins national recognition for research

Connor Occhialini – Finalist 2018 LeRoy Apker Undergraduate Achievements Award by Jason Hancock One of our star undergraduates, Connor Occhialini, has won national recognition as a finalist in the 2018 LeRoy Apker Undergraduate Achievements Award competition for his research in the UConn Physics department. The honor and distinction is awarded not only for the excellent […]

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Search for teaching laboratory technicians

Laboratory Technician II (UCP 4) Department of Physics College of Liberal Arts and Sciences University of Connecticut The Department of Physics seeks 2 dynamic and energetic applicants to join its teaching laboratory team. The Department is undergoing a deep renovation of teaching pedagogy in large-scale learning labs with full support of the University. The successful […]

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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Galactic Center, Star Formation, ISM, numerical or observational

University of Connecticut, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Physics Department Postdoctoral Research Associate: Galactic Center, Star Formation, ISM, numerical or observational Job Summary: Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join Prof. Cara Battersby’s research group in the Astrophysics Program at the University of Connecticut. The successful candidate will work closely with the group […]

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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Galaxy Formation and Evolution

University of Connecticut College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Physics Department Postdoctoral Research Associate: Galaxy Formation and Evolution Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in extragalactic astronomy at the University of Connecticut in collaboration with Professor Kate Whitaker. The successful candidate will focus on the analysis, interpretation and modeling of space-based multi-wavelength data […]

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Tenure-track faculty position in Astrophysics at UConn/CCA

University of Connecticut College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics Assistant Professor in Astrophysics The Department of Physics at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a tenure-track position in Astrophysics at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2019. This is an open search with a […]

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Open Search: Faculty position (APIR)

University of Connecticut College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics Assistant Professor In-Residence (Storrs Campus) The Department of Physics at the University of Connecticut invites applications for positions at the rank of Assistant Professor in Residence with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2019. Two positions will be filled at the UConn […]

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Physics Nobel prize 2018

The Physics Nobel prize in 2018 was awarded to Gérard Mourou (École Polytechnique, Université Paris-Saclay), Arthur Ashkin (Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies), and Donna Strickland (University of Waterloo) for ground-breaking inventions in the field of laser physics.

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Workshop ‘Dynamic Quantum Matter’ organized by UConn faculty

Dynamic Quantum Matter, Entangled orders and Quantum Criticality Workshop, June 18- June 19, 2018, sponsored by UConn, NSF, Nordita, Villum Center for Dirac Materials, Institute for Materials Science. The conference focused on entangled and non-equilibrium orders in quantum materials.

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Physics undergrad is the recipient of 2018 Mark Miller research award

Physics major Brenna Robertson has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Mark Miller Undergraduate Research Award. Brenna’s proposal, which focuses on modeling supermassive black hole spin using spectral emission diagrams, was selected from among a strong pool of applicants. Brenna Robertson is working with Prof. Jonathan Trump. The Mark Miller Award is a […]

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NASA awards to two physics undergraduate students

Undergraduate Physics Majors, Sam Cutler and Anthony (Josh) Machado, recently received awards from the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium. Sam was awarded an Undergraduate Research Fellowship to perform research at UConn this summer working with Prof. Kate Whitaker. The title of his research project is “Examining High Redshift Rotation Curve Outside the Local Universe”. Josh […]

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Annual Research Poster Day

The Physics Department Graduate Student Association, in collaboration with the faculty, organized the Annual Research Poster Day which was held this year on March 23, 2018. About 15 students presented their research in a poster presentation. Awards were presented to graduate students Erin Curry and Martin Disla, and an undergraduate student Sadhana Suresh.

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Prof. Blum has been selected a “Fermilab Distinguished Scholar”

Professor Tom Blum has been selected a “Fermilab Distinguished Scholar”. Fermilab Distinguished Scholars are rotating multi-year appointments for U.S. theorists in either the Fermilab Theoretical Physics Department or the Theoretical Astrophysics Group. The Fermilab Distinguished Scholars program aims to: Strengthen connections between the Fermilab Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics groups and the wider U.S. particle-theory community. […]

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Prof. Cormier’s NSF award: Seismic Signatures of Inner Core Solidification

  Professor Vernon F. Cormier from the Department of Physics,  University of Connecticut has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the transition from liquid to solid in the Earth’s core using seismic wave measurements. Cormier’s project will determine the structure of the Earth’s inner core in relation to the processes that […]

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Department, alumni celebrate career of Prof. Doug Hamilton

Friday afternoon on April 20, 2018 the UConn Physics Department held a colloquium in honor of Professor Douglas Hamilton on the occasion of his retirement from active service on the faculty. The colloquium was MC’ed by Prof. Jason Hancock, who surveyed the highlights of a career spanning four decades marked by notable accomplishments in research, […]

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Hands-on teaching of introductory physics gains momentum

  A recently renovated physics classroom in the Edward V. Gant Science Complex was built to pilot a new approach to physics education, integrating lecture with lab rather than the classical approach of separating these components. Students and instructors apply concepts with hands-on activities throughout the lecture, practice new tools, and problem solve as a […]

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In memoriam, George H. Rawitscher (1928-2018)

A memorial service for Prof. Rawitscher will be held Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2pm in the Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Rd., Storrs, CT 06268. George passed away on March 10, 2018, after a brief illness and just having passed his 90th birthday, which was celebrated with a cake at a meeting of the UConn Physics Department. George served as a UConn faculty member for 45 years from 1964 until he retired in 2009.

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UConn Prof. Kate Whitaker interviewed by Gizmodo

Gizmodo has recently launched a new series of articles to explore how the best images in science were created and why.  In a recent article in this series by Ryan F. Mandelbaum entitled, “The Making of ‘Pillars of Creation,’ One of the Most Amazing Images of Our Universe”, the author presents a classic set of images taken […]

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21st Annual Katzenstein Distinguished Lecture

Monday, March 26, 2018 The 21st Annual Katzenstein Distinguished Lecture was hosted by the UConn Physics Department, featuring Dr. Takaaki Kajita, 2015 Nobel Prize Winner from the University of Tokyo, speaking on “Oscillating Neutrinos.”  After the lecture,  a banquet with the speaker was held for members and guests of the department. We enjoyed welcoming alumni and […]

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Physics students boost interdisciplinary research in materials

PhD student Lukasz Kuna and undergraduate Hope Whitelock participate in a symposium “Mesoscopic phenomena in ceramic materials” arranged by Materials Scientist Serge Nakhmanson at the “Electronic and Advanced Materials Conference” in Orlando, Florida. Four UConn students including Tulsi Patel, Krishna Chaitanya Pitike, Lukasz Kuna and Hope Whitlock showcased their research.

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Prof. C. Trallero awarded multiple research grants

Professor Carlos Trallero has been granted $1.06 million from the Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Force and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to study recollision physics at the nanoscale to help develop ultrafast electronics. This research will enhance the knowledge base of electron recollision dynamics at the nanoscale, which can be used to develop ultrafast light-driven electronics.

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One Giant Leap in Mapping the Universe

An artist’s rendering of hot material falling into a supermassive black hole, creating what is called the accretion disk, shown in orange. Reverberation mapping measures the time it takes light to travel between two areas of the accretion disk. The ‘light echo’ enables direct measurement of the mass of the black hole. This reverberation mapping […]

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LQCD workshop to take place in Storrs

Muon g-2 Theory Initiative Hadronic Light-by-Light working group workshop

Workshop participants will discuss recent progress and plans to determine the hadronic light-by-light scattering contribution to the muon anomalous magnetic moment, which is expected to contribute the largest uncertainty in the Standard Model prediction. The goal of the workshop is to estimate current and expected systematic errors from lattice QCD, dispersive methods, and models  and create a plan to address them in time for new experiments at Fermilab and J-PARC.

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Ultracold group achieves new milestone in quantum control

December 19, 2017 – Colin Poitras – UConn Communications Scientists from three major research universities successfully manipulated the outcome of a chemical reaction and, in doing so, created a rare molecular ion. Through a process known as “controlling chemistry,” the researchers bonded an oxygen atom to two different metal atoms, creating the barium-oxygen-calcium molecular ion or BaOCa+  The same […]

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Astronomers granted early science time on James Webb space telescope

Two UConn physics professors will be among the world’s first scientists to explore the universe using the new James Webb Space Telescope. The highly competitive, peer-reviewed James Webb Space Telescope Early Release Science program was created to test the capabilities of the new observatory and to showcase the tools the telescope is equipped with. Of more than 100 proposals submitted, only 13 were chosen to participate in the early release phase, including two separate proposals involving UConn researchers Kate Whitaker and Jonathan Trump, both assistant professors of physics.

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Special Lecture on Diversity and Inclusion

Solving the complex problems that we face in our world today requires a more talented workforce than we have ever needed before. Such a workforce must be comprised of a wide range of diverse talents and creative insights. No segment of the population can be ignored or overlooked in this talent search. This presentation will describe the most recent research that demonstrates the positive impact that social and informational diversity has on science and innovation, the reasons for this impact and the importance of committed leadership in achieving a strong and inclusive workplace where creativity and productivity is maximized.

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Two UConn professors recognized as Fellows of the American Physical Society

The American Physical Society (APS) has named two UConn Physics faculty as APS Fellows. APS Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers and is an honor bestowed by election. The criterion for election is exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, […]

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Department welcomes new students with annual Ice Cream Social

The UConn Physics Graduate Student Association sponsored a social event featuring UConn dairy bar ice cream to welcome back students after the summer break. Other regular events throughout the year sponsored by the PGSA include the Holiday Party in December, the Poster Exhibition Competition in April, and the  Department Picnic in May.    

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UConn offers new minor in Astronomy

The Physics Department has recently expanded its research and teaching specialties to include Astronomy with the addition of three new junior faculty: Cara Battersby, Jonathan Trump, and Kate Whitaker. In addition to the expertise in Observational Astronomy using the latest instruments and techniques, they are also spearheading a suite of new courses in Astronomy and […]

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Professor tests innovative approach to teaching Introductory Physics

Following up on results from Physics education research conducted at MIT and elsewhere, professor Jason Hancock  has begun the process of transforming the way Introductory Physics is taught at the University of Connecticut. Starting with the course PHYS 1601Q for physics majors, Prof. Hancock has developed a curriculum that integrates aspects of both lecture and lab […]

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Undergraduate Sam Entner traps cold atoms in Physics lab for summer research project

As a research assistant in the physics department at UCONN, I assisted in the alignment, maintenance, and principles of operation of the various apparatuses and measurement techniques used within cold atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) experimental physics research. This included optical components, laser alignment, laser locking, saturation absorption spectroscopy, and electrodynamic ion trapping. Some specific […]

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Detection of recent seismic events in Storrs

Attached is our record for the Mw 6.9 earthquake associated with eruptions of the Kilauea volcano  on the big island of Hawaii.  The large waves arriving after 2300 GMT are surface waves (elastic energy that exponentially decays with depth away from the surface) traveling from the earthquake to us.  The beating pattern is characteristic of […]

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The newly upgraded CEBAF Accelerator opens door to strong force studies

Scientists have been rigorously commissioning the experimental equipment to prepare for a new era of nuclear physics experiments. This equipment is at the newly upgraded Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) at Jefferson Lab in Newport News, Virginia. These activities have already led to the first scientific result. This research demonstrates the feasibility of detecting a potential new kind of particles known collectively as exotic hadrons. The existence and spectrum of these new particles hold important clues to unlocking the mystery of “quark confinement” — why no quark has ever been found alone.

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UConn PhD student Daniel Horning receives Dept. of Energy fellowship

As a theoretical physicist studying the fundamental elements of matter, UConn graduate student Daniel Hoying creates calculations so large and complex they require supercomputers to perform them. So Hoying is obviously excited that he will soon have regular access to one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National […]

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New gravity wave detection signals collision of two dead stars

For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves — ripples in space-time — in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This marks the first time that a cosmic event has been viewed in both gravitational waves and light. The discovery was made using the U.S.-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave […]

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Job opening: Senior Machine Shop Engineer

The Department of Physics, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, seeks qualified applicants for the position of Senior Machine Shop Engineer (UCP 8). The Department of Physics machine shop supports the teaching and research missions of the department through the design, building, and implementation of sophisticated experimental apparatus, and in the training and […]

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Katzenstein lecture brings Nobel Laureat, UConn alumni to Storrs

The Katzenstein Distinguished Lectures series continued in Fall 2016 for its 19th year, with an October 28, 2016 lecture by Professor Leon N. Cooper of Brown University, entitled “On the Interpretation of the Quantum Theory: Can Free Will And Locality Exist Together In The Quantum Theory?” Professor Cooper shared the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physics […]

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Thousands attended eclipse viewing hosted by UConn Physics

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the moon eclipsed the sun across the US. What began as a small organic outreach activity blossomed into an epic community event. With help from UConn communications, the UConn Physics club, and staff in the physics department, astronomers Jonathan Trump, Cara Battersby, and Kate Whitaker hosted an eclipse viewing event open […]

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Undergraduate achievements receive wide attention

Whoever said rules were made to be broken wasn’t a physicist. When something doesn’t act the way you think it should, either the rules are wrong, or there’s new physics to be discovered. Which is exactly what UConn’s Connor Occhialini ’18 (CLAS), an honors student majoring in physics and math, found when he began researching scandium fluoride. Most materials swell as they heat up. Scandium fluoride must be doing something else, reasoned Occhialini. […]

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The Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Please join the Department of Physics at UConn for a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party! Hosted by Prof. Cara Battersby, Prof. Jonathan Trump, and Prof. Kate Whitaker August 21 2017, Horsebarn Hill 1:00 – 4:00 PM (next to Dairy Bar) weather permitting From our location, the solar eclipse begins at 1:25pm and ends at 4:00pm. Maximum […]

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UConn astronomers on the American eclipse

A Total Eclipse of the Heart (of America) August 14, 2017 – Elaina Hancock – UConn Communications A spectacular and likely unforgettable show will take place in the sky Aug. 21. “Have you ever seen a total solar eclipse?” asks Cynthia Peterson, professor emerita of physics. “It’s a really, really exciting event!” The reason she and […]

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Physics student John Mangeri wins prestigious fellowship

John Mangeri’s Award Lands Him in Argonne National Laboratory John Mangeri (left) with his SCGSR-award host Dr. Olle Heinonen (right) in front of the Chemistry building (bldg. 200) at Argonne National Laboratory. (Photo credit to Dr. Andrea Jokisaari) By Katherine Eastman John Mangeri, a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Serge Nakhmanson’s “Complex Materials by Computational Design” […]

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Physics undergraduates honored at annual SPS lecture and banquet

Spring 2017 the UConn chapter of the Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society inducted 11 new members: Filip Bergabo, Vincent Flynn, Kevin Grassie, Daniel Kovner, Jack Lichtman, Paul Molinaro, Connor Occhialini, Brian Roy, Andrew Sampino, Theodore Sauyet, and Hope Whitelock. The academic scholarship of this group is truly outstanding, and probably unprecedented in the chapter’s history. […]

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GlueX experiment publishes first scientific results following accelerator upgrade

Researchers working with the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (J-Lab) have published their first scientific results since the accelerator energy was increased from six billion electron volts (GeV) to 12 GeV. The upgrade was commissioned to enable the next generation of physics experiments that will allow scientists to see smaller bits of matter than have ever been seen before. The first publication from the upgraded CEBAF was published by the GlueX collaboration in the April issue of Physical Review C.

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Physics society names three APS Fellows

The American Physical Society (APS) has named three UConn Physics faculty as APS Fellows. APS Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers and is an honor bestowed by election. The criterion for election is exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, […]

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Annual group hike up Mount Monadnock shows charms of New England fall

Each fall for the past decade or more, members of the UConn Physics Department have gathered one clear day near the peak of fall colors for a group hike up Mount Monadnock. Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire not far from Keene, Monadnock is well known for its accessibility to a wide range […]

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Welcome to Three Assistant Professors in Astronomy

The Physics department is pleased to announce a new thrust in research, scholarship and teaching with the hire of three young astronomers: Jonathan Trump arrives from a Hubble Space Telescope Fellowship at Penn State University, Cara Battersby who currently has an NSF fellowship at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Katherine Whitaker Tease who is […]

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Edward E. Eyler: 1955-2016

The Physics Department is saddened by the passing of Professor Edward E. Eyler on September 19, 2016. Ed was a caring mentor to many students over his excellent research career. We will forever miss our friend and colleague.

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Professor William Stwalley Retires

William C. Stwalley (Bill), Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Physics, has retired from teaching on June 1, 2016. He is now continuing as UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Emeritus /Research Professor of Physics and also continuing as an Affiliate Professor of Chemistry and of the Institute of Material Science (IMS). The Physics Department […]

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UConn Physics welcomes new teaching faculty

Assistant professors in residence (APiRs) are primarily responsible for teaching and managing large introductory service classes in cooperation with faculty. The Physics Department has recently promoted Diego Valente to APiR from his former position of Visiting Assistant Professor. Congratulations Diego on a well-deserved promotion. The department extends a warm welcome to three other APiRs, Belter Ordaz-Mendoza, Hani Duli, and […]

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Employee appreciation

On Friday, April 15, the department will be hosting a special refreshments hour from 3:00-4:00PM in the Physics reading room in recognition of all Physics employees. This year we are celebrating milestones for the following people: Michael Rozman – 15 Years of service Edward Eyler – 20 years of service Dawn Rawlinson – 25 years […]

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Prof. Sochnikov is a recipient of Montana Instruments Cold Science Exploration Awards

Dr. Sochnikov is a recipient of Montana Instruments Cold Science Exploration Awards Lab Startup Grant. Dr. Ilya Sochnikov has just started new scanning SQUID microscopy lab at the University of Connecticut. Ilya Sochnikov’s research focuses on nanoscale quantum phenomena in new materials. An emergence of a new phenomenon or a phase transition occurs when interactions […]

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“Caution: Shrinks When Warm”

October 6, 2015 – Kim Krieger – UConn Communications Jason Hancock, Assistant Professor in Physics, with graduate students, Erin Curry and Sahan Handunkanda, have been investigating a substance that shrinks when it warms. Most materials swell when they warm, and shrink when they cool. But UConn physicist Jason Hancock has been investigating a substance that responds in reverse: […]

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Physicists Solve Low-Temperature Magnetic Mystery

March 26, 2015 – Tim Miller Researchers have made an experimental breakthrough in explaining a rare property of an exotic magnetic material, potentially opening a path to a host of new technologies. From information storage to magnetic refrigeration, many of tomorrow’s most promising innovations rely on sophisticated magnetic materials, and this discovery opens the door to harnessing […]

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  1. Dr. Ryan C. Hickox,  Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College, Dr. Ryan C. Hickox, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College, "Black Holes Near and Far: Environments and Evolution of Active Galactic Nuclei ", Sigma Pi Sigma Colloquium4:00pm 5/3
  2. Dr. Jim Zickefoose, Senior Research Scientist, Mirion Technologies, Dr. Jim Zickefoose, Senior Research Scientist, Mirion Technologies, "Applying a physics degree to positions in industry", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 5/3
  3. Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar2:15pm 5/2
  4. Astronomy Seminar Astronomy Seminar12:15pm 5/1
  5. Prof. Gerald Dunne, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. Gerald Dunne, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Resurgent Extrapolation: Squeezing Non-Perturbative Information from Perturbation Theory", Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 4/29
  6. Prof. Tracy Webb, Department of Physics, McGill University, Prof. Tracy Webb, Department of Physics, McGill University, "The Growth of the Most Massive Galaxies in the Highest Density Regions: Evidence for In-Situ Star Formation in Brightest Cluster Galaxies", Physics Colloquium (Prof. Tracy Webb, McGill)3:30pm 4/26
  7. Dr. Drew Chieda, ASML, Dr. Drew Chieda, ASML, "Physics Ph.D.'s in Private Sector Careers", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 4/26
  8. Dr. Sarah Wellons, CIERA Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, Dr. Sarah Wellons, CIERA Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, "Wild and Crazy Kids: Simulating Galaxy Formation in the Early Universe", Astronomy Seminar12:15pm 4/24
  9. Prof. Jordy de Vries, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Prof. Jordy de Vries, University of Massachusetts Amherst, "Neutrinoless double beta decay in effective field theory", Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 4/22
  10. Women in Physics Colloquium Women in Physics Colloquium3:30pm 4/19
  11. Prof. George Gibson, High-Intensity Laser Physics Group, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. George Gibson, High-Intensity Laser Physics Group, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Exploring EXTREME Nonlinear Physics and Quantum Molecular Dynamics with High-Intensity Laser Pulses ", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 4/19
  12. Dr. Yu-Sheng Liu, Tsung-Dao Lee Institute, Shanghai , Dr. Yu-Sheng Liu, Tsung-Dao Lee Institute, Shanghai , "First Principle Calculation of PDFs from LaMET", Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 4/15
  13. Edward Pollack Distinguished Lecture , Pollack Distinguished Lecture Edward Pollack Distinguished Lecture , Pollack Distinguished Lecture3:30pm 4/12
  14. Prof. Menka Jain, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. Menka Jain, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Interests in Multiferroics and Other Functional Materials", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 4/12
  15. Prof. Carlos Trallero, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. Carlos Trallero, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Your job most likely won't be in academia: Transferring your skills to industry", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 4/5
  16. Prof. Ben Heidenreich, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Prof. Ben Heidenreich, University of Massachusetts Amherst, "Quantum gravity and the swampland", Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 4/1
  17. Prof. Beth Parks, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Colgate University, Prof. Beth Parks, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Colgate University, "Air Quality Measurements in Uganda ", Physics Colloquium (Prof. Beth Parks, Colgate University)3:30pm 3/29
  18. Prof. Boris Sinkovic, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. Boris Sinkovic, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Topological Insulators, New Paradigm for Quantum Electronics", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 3/29
  19. The talk has been rescheduled for April 22, RESCHEDULED: Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar The talk has been rescheduled for April 22, RESCHEDULED: Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 3/18
  20. Dr. Andrew Millis, Center for Computational Quantum Physics, The Flatiron Institute and Department of Physics, Columbia University, Dr. Andrew Millis, Center for Computational Quantum Physics, The Flatiron Institute and Department of Physics, Columbia University, "Meeting Dirac's Challenge: From Quantum Entanglement to Materials Theory", Charles Reynolds Distinguished Lecture3:30pm 3/15
  21. Prof. Alan Wuosmaa, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. Alan Wuosmaa, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "The Structure of "Exotic" Nuclei", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 3/15
  22. Dr. Adam Summers, Department of Physics, Kansas State University, Dr. Adam Summers, Department of Physics, Kansas State University, "Ultrafast, Strong-Field Investigation of Nanosystems", Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar1:30pm 3/14
  23. Multimodal Spectroscopies of Correlated Materials Multimodal Spectroscopies of Correlated Materials" Dr Ilya Drozdov, Brookhaven National Laboratory , Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 3/13
  24. Dr. Catherine Kealhofer, Department of Physics, Williams College, Dr. Catherine Kealhofer, Department of Physics, Williams College, "Generating and controlling ultrafast electron pulses for time-resolved electron diffraction", Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar3:30pm 3/11
  25. Prof. Stephen Pate, New Mexico State University, Prof. Stephen Pate, New Mexico State University, "Exploring the Axial Structure of the Nucleon", Physics Colloquium (Professor Stephen Pate, NMSU)3:30pm 3/8
  26. Prof. Robin Cote, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. Robin Cote, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "AMO Theory at UConn: Ultracold Physics", Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm 3/8
  27. Prof. Zohreh Davoudi, University of Maryland., Prof. Zohreh Davoudi, University of Maryland., "Towards analog and digital quantum simulations of strongly-interacting dynamics", Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 3/4
  28. Prof. Philip Mannheim, University of Connecticut, Prof. Philip Mannheim, University of Connecticut, "Title: Is dark matter fact or fantasy -- clues from the data", Physics Colloquium (Prof. Philip Mannheim)3:30pm 3/1
  29. Dr. Vladimir Juricic, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Dr. Vladimir Juricic, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, "Interacting spin-1/2 and spin-3/2 nodal fermions: Quantum criticality and transport", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:30pm 3/1
  30. Prof. Michael Lubell, CCNY, Prof. Michael Lubell, CCNY, "Navigating the Maze. How Science and Technology Policy Shape America and the World", Physics Colloquium (Prof. Michael Lubell, CCNY)3:30pm 2/22
  31. Dr. Elisa Chisari, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Dr. Elisa Chisari, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, "Cosmology with weak gravitational lensing: challenges and opportunities", Astronomy Seminar12:30pm 2/22
  32. Alexey Onufriev, Departments of Computer Science and Physics, Virginia Tech, Alexey Onufriev, Departments of Computer Science and Physics, Virginia Tech, "The nucleosome: from structure to function through physics", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar3:30pm 2/19
  33. Dr. Alexander Khaetskii Department of Physics, University at Buffalo, SUNY and Department of Physics, UConn, Condensed Matter Physics Seminar Dr. Alexander Khaetskii Department of Physics, University at Buffalo, SUNY and Department of Physics, UConn, Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 2/19
  34. Dr. Adrian Price-Whelan, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, Dr. Adrian Price-Whelan, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, "The Milky Way as a benchmark: using surveys of our Galaxy to inform fundamental astrophysics", Astronomy Seminar12:30pm 2/15
  35. Dr. Sarah Ballard, MIT Kavli Institute, Dr. Sarah Ballard, MIT Kavli Institute, "Lifetimes of Planetary Systems around Small Stars", Astronomy Seminar12:30pm 2/13
  36. Prof. Lee Roberts, Boston University, Prof. Lee Roberts, Boston University, "Searching for Physics Beyond the Standard Model with the World's Largest Penning Trap", Physics Colloquium (Prof. Lee Roberts, Boston University)3:30pm 2/8
  37. Dr. Daniel Angles-Alcazar, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute, Dr. Daniel Angles-Alcazar, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute, "Multi-scale physical modeling in galaxy formation and evolution", Astronomy Seminar12:30pm 2/8
  38. Dr. Massimo Gaspari, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, Dr. Massimo Gaspari, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, "Raining on Galaxies and Black Holes: Unifying the Micro and Macro Properties of AGN Feeding and Feedback", Astronomy Seminar12:30pm 2/6
  39. Ben Augenbraun, Harvard University, Ben Augenbraun, Harvard University, "Laser-cooled polyatomic molecules for improved precision measurements", Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar2:00pm 2/5
  40. Dr. Shea Garrison-Kimmel, Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow, TAPIR, Caltech, Dr. Shea Garrison-Kimmel, Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow, TAPIR, Caltech, "Dark matter and galaxy formation in the Local Group", Astronomy Seminar12:30pm 2/1
  41. Soroush Khosravi Dehaghi, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Soroush Khosravi Dehaghi, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Femtosecond Laser Transient Spectroscopy of Carotenoids and Carbon Nanotubes", PhD Defense2:30pm 1/23
  42. Dr. Chiara Mingarelli, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute, Dr. Chiara Mingarelli, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute, "Probing supermassive black hole mergers with pulsar timing", Astronomy Seminar12:30pm 1/23
  43. Electric Form Factor of the Neutron from Asymmetry Measurements, Doctoral Dissertation Oral Defense of Richard Obrecht Electric Form Factor of the Neutron from Asymmetry Measurements, Doctoral Dissertation Oral Defense of Richard Obrecht11:00am 1/4
  44. Dr. Marko Gacesa, BAER Institute / NASA Ames Research Center, Dr. Marko Gacesa, BAER Institute / NASA Ames Research Center, "Photoassociation of ultracold molecular ions and controlling atom-ion charge exchange using magnetic Feshbach resonances", Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar4:00pm 12/10
  45. Dr. Thomas Allison, Stony Brook University, Dr. Thomas Allison, Stony Brook University, "Ultrafast extreme ultraviolet photoemission without space charge", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 12/4
  46. Dr. Thomas Allison Stony Brook University, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar Dr. Thomas Allison Stony Brook University, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar4:00pm 12/3
  47. Jonathan Kwolek, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Jonathan Kwolek, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Studying Charge Exchange in a Hybrid Ion-neutral Trap", PhD Defense1:30pm 11/30
  48. Dr. Daniel Angles-Alcazar, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute, Dr. Daniel Angles-Alcazar, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute, "The dual role of stellar feedback regulating galaxy evolution and the growth of supermassive black holes", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm 11/28
  49. Dr. Nora Kling Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Dr. Nora Kling Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Ultrafast Nuclear Motion: Resolving Hydrogen Migration(s) in Time", Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar4:00pm 11/26
  50. Dr. David Murphy, MIT, Dr. David Murphy, MIT, "Matrix Elements for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay from Lattice QCD", Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/26
  51. Professor Nadia Fomin, University of Tennessee, Professor Nadia Fomin, University of Tennessee, "Life and Death of the Free Neutron", Physics Colloquium3:30pm 11/16
  52. Dr. Turgut Yilmaz, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Dr. Turgut Yilmaz, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Topological insulators and their interaction with magnetic impurities and superconductors", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/13
  53. Prof. Serge M. Nakhmanson, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, Prof. Serge M. Nakhmanson, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, "Mesoscale simulations of ferroic functionalities with finite elements: MOOSE, Ferret and other animals", Physics Colloquium3:30pm 11/9
  54. Dr. Chiara Mingarelli, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute, Dr. Chiara Mingarelli, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute, "Pulsar Timing Arrays: The Next Window to Open on the Gravitational-Wave Universe", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm 11/7
  55. Adam Ginsburg, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Socorro, New Mexico, Adam Ginsburg, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Socorro, New Mexico, "High mass star and cluster formation", Physics Colloquium3:30pm 11/2
  56. Dr. Aaron LaForge, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Dr. Aaron LaForge, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Excitation dynamics in helium nanodroplets induced by XUV radiation", Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/1
  57. John Donoghue, UMass Amherst, John Donoghue, UMass Amherst, "A possible QFT pathway for UV complete quantum gravity", Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 10/29
  58. Professor Rainer Weiss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017 Nobel Prize Winner, Member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration, Professor Rainer Weiss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017 Nobel Prize Winner, Member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration, "Exploration of the Universe with Gravitational Waves", Katzenstein Distinguished Lecture4:00pm 10/26
  59. Dr. Yuya Tanizaki, RIKEN-BNL, Dr. Yuya Tanizaki, RIKEN-BNL, "Constraints on possible dynamics of QCD by symmetry and anomaly", Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 10/22
  60. Prof. Roger Falcone, University of California, Berkeley and 2018 President of the American Physical Society, Prof. Roger Falcone, University of California, Berkeley and 2018 President of the American Physical Society, "Science at High Energy Density and Work of the American Physical Society", Physics Colloquium3:30pm 10/19
  61. Dr. Charlotte A. Mason, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Dr. Charlotte A. Mason, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, "What Can Galaxies Tell Us About Reionization", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm 10/17
  62. Prof. J. Brad Marston, Physics Department, Brown University, Prof. J. Brad Marston, Physics Department, Brown University, "El Nino as a Topological Insulator: A Surprising Connection Between Climate and Quantum Physics", Physics Colloquium3:30pm 10/12
  63. Dr. Jeff Powell, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Dr. Jeff Powell, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Photoelectron emission from metal and dielectric nanoparticles in intense laser fields", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 10/9
  64. Prof. Dawn Meredith, Department of Physics, University of New Hampshire, Prof. Dawn Meredith, Department of Physics, University of New Hampshire, "Instructor and student resources in the physics course for life science students", Physics Colloquium3:30pm 10/5
  65. Prof. Steve Finkelstein, Department of Astronomy, University of Texas, Austin, Prof. Steve Finkelstein, Department of Astronomy, University of Texas, Austin, "Understanding the Reionization of the Universe Now and with JWST", Physics Colloquium3:30pm 9/28
  66. Shany Danieli, Yale University, Shany Danieli, Yale University, "Hunting low surface brightness galaxies with the Dragonfly Telephoto Array", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm 9/26
  67. Prof. Gerald Dunne, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. Gerald Dunne, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Resurgence and Phase Transitions", Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 9/24
  68. Dr. Peter D Drummond FAA, Centre for Quantum and Optical Science, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Peter D Drummond FAA, Centre for Quantum and Optical Science, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, "Testing quantum mechanics with modern technology", Physics Colloquium3:30pm 9/21
  69. Jennifer Bergner, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, Jennifer Bergner, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, "Chemical complexity during star and planet formation: new observational and laboratory insights", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm 9/19
  70. Dr. Shimshon Kallush, Physics and Optical Engineering Department, ORT Braude College, Karmiel, and The Fritz Haber Center for Molecular Dynamics, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, Dr. Shimshon Kallush, Physics and Optical Engineering Department, ORT Braude College, Karmiel, and The Fritz Haber Center for Molecular Dynamics, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, "Molecular alignment in hot and cold regimes, and its relationship to quantum coherence", Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar4:00pm 9/17
  71. Dr. Ming Li, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Dr. Ming Li, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "High Baryon Densities Achievable in the Fragmentation Regions of High Energy Heavy-Ion Collisions", Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 9/17
  72. Professor Alexandra Pope, Department of Astronomy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Professor Alexandra Pope, Department of Astronomy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, "Rise of dust: Completing our Census of Cosmic Star Formation", Physics Colloquium3:30pm 9/14
  73. Ice cream social Ice cream social2:00pm 9/14
  74. THIS SEMINAR HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018, Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar THIS SEMINAR HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018, Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 9/10
  75. Title: Contributions of Dr. Nora Berrah to the Growth of the Physics Department, Physics Colloquium Title: Contributions of Dr. Nora Berrah to the Growth of the Physics Department, Physics Colloquium3:30pm 9/7
  76. Dr. Marein Rahn, Condensed Matter and Magnet Science Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dr. Marein Rahn, Condensed Matter and Magnet Science Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory, "RIXS study of the Anderson Lattice compound CePd", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 9/4
  77. Fryderyk Lyzwa, Department of Physics, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Fryderyk Lyzwa, Department of Physics, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, "Spectroscopic ellipsometry study of LAO/STO (001) heterostructures", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar1:30pm 8/16
  78. Connor A. Occhialini, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Connor A. Occhialini, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Negative thermal expansion near two structural quantum phase transitions", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 8/2
  79. Dr. Peter Walter, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Dr. Peter Walter, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, "The TMO Instrument: Opportunities and Plans for Time-resolved Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Science at LCLS-II", Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar2:00pm 7/2
  80. Dale L Smith, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Dale L Smith, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Velocity Map Imaging of the Single Ionization of Molecular Iodine", PhD Defense12:00pm 6/27
  81. Udaya Raj Dahal, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Udaya Raj Dahal, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Polyethylene Oxide Hydration in Solutions, Nanoconfinement and Nanostructures", PhD Defense10:00am 6/5
  82. Di Shu, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Di Shu, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Threshold Resonance Effects and the Phase-Amplitude Approach", PhD Defense2:00pm 5/23
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