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Prof. Jonathan Trump interviewed by The Conversation about JWST Discoveries

The Conversation interviewed Prof. Jonathan Trump about his recent work with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), with an article and podcast interview available at this link. The interview includes discussion of Prof. Trump’s recent journal paper that used spectroscopic observations from JWST to understand the chemical enrichment of galaxies in the early Universe.

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Prof. McCarron received a grant from Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Daniel McCarron, a physics professor, received a grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for his work analyzing the quantum mechanical behavior of a simple hydrocarbon molecule: CH, or methylidyne. A highly reactive gas, methylidyne is abundant in the interstellar medium, and its simple composition promises to allow researchers to study the role […]

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UConn Physics hosts Quantum Matter Conference, Dec 19-22

Quantum matter and materials have grown to be active areas of modern condensed matter. The fascinating properties of quantum materials might lead to technological applications such as spintronics, quantum technologies, and quantum sensors. The combination of new materials discoveries and the development of new probes of quantum matter has helped shape these topics into an […]

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Upcoming visit by Dr. Sylvester James Gates

The University of Connecticut Department of Physics is pleased to announce the upcoming colloquium by Dr. Sylvester James Gates Jr. on November 18th in Gant West 002 from 3:30-4:45PM. Dr. Gates is a theoretical high-energy physicist who has made significant, pioneering contributions to supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. His colloquium will concern the ongoing efforts to […]

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Prof. Jain organized International Workshop on Oxide Electronics

Associate Professor of Physics and Institute of Materials Science Menka Jain recently organized the 28th International Workshop on Oxide Electronics, 2-5th October, Portland, Maine. Other co-organizers were Charles H. Ahn (Yale University), Divine Kumah (North Carolina State University), and Ryan Comes (Auburn University). There were close to 150 attendees from all around the world. The […]

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Prof. Mingarelli is the runner up of Inspiring Women in Science awards

Prof. Chiara Mingarelli is the Inspiring Women in Science awards 2022 Scientific Achievement Runner-Up. The Inspiring Women in Science awards celebrate and support the achievements of women in science, and all those who work to encourage girls and young women to engage with STEM subjects and stay in STEM careers around the world. For more […]

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Prof. Nora Berrah received the Honorary Doctoral Degree

Prof. Nora Berrah received the Honorary Doctoral Degree from the University of Turku in Finland. The ceremonial conferment was on October 8, 2021. This honor comes with the University of Turku Doctoral Certificate as well as a “Hat and a Sword”, the latter symbolizing the “Doctors’ Rank but also Sharpness of Thought and Role in […]

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50th anniversary of annual physics department Mt. Monadnock hike

This coming October we’ll mark the 50th anniversary of the first hike up Mt. Monadnock by the Physics Department. We plan to hike Saturday, October 8th. Because the park recommends reservations, we will make reservations for a large group. Alumni are welcome and should contact Tom Blum or Alex Kovner as soon as possible to […]

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Department head greeting

            Dear Friends of UConn Physics, Probably the biggest event in the physics world this past year was the successful launch and early data taken by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). It’s not just pretty pictures – the far infrared capabilities allow for the measurement of the most redshifted, […]

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Puckett Group in Hall A

Super BigBite Spectrometer Era Begins in Hall A at Jefferson Lab

The first two experiments using the newly constructed collection of apparatus known as the Super BigBite Spectrometer were completed from Oct. 2021-Feb. 2022 in Jefferson Lab’s Experimental Hall A. Data were collected that will determine the neutron’s magnetic form factor (GMN) in a previously unexplored regime of momentum transfer Q2 up to 13.6 (GeV/c)2 with […]

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UConn Physics Students Awarded Direct Energy Professional Society Scholarship

Two UConn Physics graduate students were recently awarded the Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS) scholarship to support their work in the field of directed energy. Brandin Davis and Zhanna Rodnova received awards for their research on developing long-wavelength infra-red radiation sources. They were among 20 national winners. DEPS awards students scholarships of up to $10,000 […]

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Physics Prof. Tom Blum recognized for Research Excellence

Prof. Thomas Blum is one of two faculty to receive the Research Excellence award from the University of Connecticut in 2022.  Tom came to UConn in 2004 and is a professor and associate department head for undergraduate education in the Physics Department. As a theoretical physicist, Blum specializes in making difficult, detailed mathematical calculations concerning […]

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Professor Munirul Islam: Celebrating His Life and His Legacy

Members and friends of the Physics Department gathered online Saturday morning, April 10, to share memories and thoughts of appreciation for Prof. Munir Islam who passed from this world on March 11, 2021. The meeting was led jointly by Profs. Win Smith and Mehdi Anwar, with expressions of appreciation and sympathy for the family by several members of the department past and present. Prof. Mannheim has offered this written tribute to our colleague and friend.

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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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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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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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  1. Graduate Student Jamie Shaw, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Graduate Student Jamie Shaw, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Prospects for Laser Cooling and Trapping Aluminum Monochloride", PhD Dissertation Defense10:00am 11/18
  2. Slideshow by Prof. Tom Blum, 50 Years Of Physics Dept. Mt. Monadnock Hike Slideshow by Prof. Tom Blum, 50 Years Of Physics Dept. Mt. Monadnock Hike3:30pm 10/7
  3. Graduate Student Robert McCutcheon, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Graduate Student Robert McCutcheon, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Propagation of Light through an Atomic Medium with Zero Index of Refraction and Enhanced Refractive Index via Four-Wave Mixing ", PhD Dissertation Defense1:00pm 8/25
  4. Graduate Student Aditi Mahabir, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Graduate Student Aditi Mahabir, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Negative electronic compressibility in multiband electron gas models", MS Dissertation Defense12:00pm 8/8
  5. Graduate Student Sunil Thapa, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Graduate Student Sunil Thapa, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Study Of High Repetition Rate Ultrashort Pulses and its Application on Data Encryption", PhD Dissertation Defense11:00am 8/3
  6. Graduate Student Donal Sheets, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Graduate Student Donal Sheets, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Advances in Photon-Based Techniques for Correlated Materials and Applied Physics ", PhD Dissertation Defense1:00pm 7/25
  7. Graduate Student Amani Jayakody, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Graduate Student Amani Jayakody, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Perovskite SrCoOx - Surprising Structural and Magnetic Behavior", PhD Dissertation Defense11:00am 7/18
  8. Graduate Student Asanka Amarasinghe, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Graduate Student Asanka Amarasinghe, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Cosmological Perturbation Theory in Standard Gravity and Conformal Gravity ", PhD Dissertation Defense10:00am 7/12
  9. Title: Cosmological Perturbation Theory in Standard Gravity and Conformal Gravity, Doctoral Dissertation Oral Defense; Asanka Amarasinghe Title: Cosmological Perturbation Theory in Standard Gravity and Conformal Gravity, Doctoral Dissertation Oral Defense; Asanka Amarasinghe10:00am 7/12
  10. Graduate Student Bradley Clarke, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Graduate Student Bradley Clarke, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Development of an Amplified Chirp System and its Application to Ultracold Molecules", PhD Dissertation Defense2:00pm 6/28
  11. Graduate Student Rasika Dahanayake, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Graduate Student Rasika Dahanayake, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Temperature and Solvent induced coil-globule transition of Polypropylene Oxide in solutions and its behavior within self-assembled nanostructures ", PhD Dissertation Defense12:30pm 6/13
  12. Graduate Student Gloria Fonseca Alvarez, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Graduate Student Gloria Fonseca Alvarez, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Mapping the Growth of Black Holes: Masses and Spectral Energy Distributions of Quasars"", PhD Dissertation Defense11:00am 6/8
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