Research News

NSF award to Profs. Jain and Sochnikov

Professors Jain and Sochnikov received NSF research grant entitled “New Quantum Elastocaloric Demagnetization Refrigeration for the Millikelvin Range”. A major focus of their research will be the cooling of quantum chips. For this purpose, their teams will study ‘spin liquids’, which can be harnessed to achieve millikelvin temperatures without magnetic fields. At such low temperatures, […]

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Prof. Jain is organizing International Workshop on Oxide Electronics

Associate Professor of Physics Menka Jain and the Institute of Materials Science is co-organizing a workshop-28th International Workshop on Oxide Electronics (IWOE) in Maine next month. The IWOE series has become an important venue to discuss recent advances and emerging trends in this developing field. The aim of the workshop is to provide an interdisciplinary […]

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Prof. Jonathan Trump Interviews about the James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope released its first science observations on July 12 with much fanfare and excitement across the globe. UConn Physics Professor Jonathan Trump is part of the Cosmic Evolution Early Release Science collaboration that was awarded some of the first observations on the transformative new space telescope. Prof. Trump was interviewed by several local media outlets, […]

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Prof. Cara Battersby Awarded an NSF CAREER grant

Professor Cara Battersby has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant! “The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the […]

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Plates that Helped Map the Universe, Now at UConn

UConn is now home to tools that have played an instrumental role in mapping the universe — 10 large aluminum plates used as part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). Measuring 32 inches across, one-eighth of an inch thick, and with thousands of tiny holes drilled in them, these plates may not be the […]

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Two Physicists are in Project Daedalus that Focuses on Materials for Aerospace in New $4.7 Million Contract

UConn’s collaboration with the Department of Defense Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is launching a new project. It is titled Multiscale Modeling and Characterization of Metamaterials, Functional Ceramics and Photonics. This is a $4.7 M contract with $1M for Physics. The project’s goal is to explore and advance the understanding of electronic, photonic, magnetic, and […]

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Research of UConn Professor Daniel Angles-Alcazar featured in UConn Today

The article The Largest Suite of Cosmic Simulations for AI Training Is Now Free to Download; Already Spurring Discoveries describe research of a team of astrophysicists that includes UConn Professor of Physics Daniel Anglés-Alcázar. “Machine learning is revolutionizing many areas of science, but it requires a huge amount of data to exploit,” says Anglés-Alcázar. “The […]

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U.S. Senators introduce a resolution to recognize the Arecibo Observatory Telescope

On Friday December 3rd, a group of U.S. Senators, Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced a bipartisan a resolution to recognize the significant scientific, educational, and economic contributions made by the Arecibo Observatory telescope. “The telescope at Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory was a […]

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Prof. Chiara Mingarelli awarded NSF grant

Chiara Mingarelli, Assistant Professor of Physics at UConn, is the lead researcher on a $650,000 Collaborative Research Grant from the National Science Foundation, half of which is earmarked for UConn, to conduct an experiment to prove the existence of supermassive black hole binaries. This grant will combine, for the first time, traditional astronomy with gravitational […]

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A Physics Ph.D. Student’s Step-By-Step Journey to Storrs and Distant Galaxies

UConn Physics graduate student Mohammed (Mo) Akhshik works on data gathered using the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and has led to exciting discoveries, some while he served as the science Principle Investigator of the REQUIEM HST program from which he is co-author on two publications, one in Nature and one in Nature Astronomy. Akhshik is also […]

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Physics alumnus Prof. Douglas Goodman and Professor Emeritus Winthrop Smith Featured in Online Peer Review Journal

Prof. Emeritus Winthrop Smith and former student Prof. Douglas Goodman (Quinnipiac University) Edit Special Issue of Open Access Journal Atoms, on Low Energy Interactions between Ions and Ultracold Atoms  The Special Issue of the online journal Atoms is a collection of current peer-reviewed articles by experts in the field of ultracold collisions and reactions involving […]

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New Faculty Hire-Dr. Anh-Thu Le

The Physics Department welcomes our newest faculty member, Dr. Anh-Thu Le, although he prefers to be called simply AT. AT worked for many years at the well-known James R. Macdonald Laboratory, rising to the rank of Research Professor. He worked alongside a world-known theorist, Dr. Chii-Dong Lin. Dr. Le went on to become an Assistant […]

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Professor Puckett’s Group Prepares New Measurements of “femtoscopic” Neutron Structure at Jefferson Lab

Professor Andrew Puckett’s research group is currently leading, as part of a collaboration of approximately 100 scientists from approximately 30 US and international institutions, the installation in Jefferson Lab’s Experimental Hall A of the first of a series of planned experiments known as the Super BigBite Spectrometer (SBS) Program, with beam to Hall A tentatively […]

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Undergraduate Researcher Nicole Khusid featured in UConn Today

Physics major Nicole Khusid, a rising senior at UConn, was featured in a UConn Today article about her research. Nicole has been working on gravitional lensing of distant sources of gravitational waves, seeking to understand their multimessenger signals and detectability by future astrophysics facilities. Nicole was awarded a SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fund) award to […]

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Standard model challenged by new measurement

It seems that the muon, a heavier partner of the electron, may be breaking what have been understood as the laws of physics. The findings announced on April 7th were met with excitement and speculation at what this might mean. UConn physics researchers Professor Thomas Blum and Assistant Professor Luchang Jin helped pioneer the theoretical physics behind the findings.

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Prof. Battersby’s research featured in UConn Today article

Professor Cara Bettersby’s research is featured in the article “The Study of Big Data: How CLAS Researchers Use Data Science” published by UConn Today. Prof. Battersby’s work focuses on describing and studying the center of the Milky Way galaxy, which she calls an “experimental playground” for the distant cosmos. Her work described the spectroscopy of […]

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An anomalous moment for the muon

Mark Rayner/CERN The Fermilab E989 experiment announced the first new result on the muon’s anomalous magnetic moment in almost 20 years. The new measurement, combined with Brookhaven’s E821, has increased the discrepancy with the Standard Model value to 4.2 standard deviations. UConn Professors Tom Blum and Luchang Jin explain the theory calculations in a feature […]

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  1. Professor Osama Bilal, University of Connecticut, Professor Osama Bilal, University of Connecticut, "Programmable metamaterials: Teaching old materials new tricks", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 2/1
  2. Dr. Joris Schaltegger, Nordita , Dr. Joris Schaltegger, Nordita , "Vortex Excitations of Dirac Bose-Einstein Condensates", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar11:00am 12/8
  3. Dr. Ming Yi, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rice University, Dr. Ming Yi, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rice University, "Flat bands in geometrically frustrated lattices", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 12/7
  4. Dr. Shane P. Kelly, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Dr. Shane P. Kelly, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, "Dynamical phases of resonant light-matter interactions in cavity QED", Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar3:30pm 12/5
  5. Dr. Avadh Saxena, Los Alamos National Lab , Dr. Avadh Saxena, Los Alamos National Lab , "Hopfions in Condensed Matter: Anisotropic Heisenberg Magnets", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:30pm 11/30
  6. Graduate student Jonathan Smucker, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut , Graduate student Jonathan Smucker, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut , "Modeling a New Type of Charge Transfer in C60 Collisions", Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar3:30pm 11/28
  7. Dr. Priya Sharma, University of Connecticut, Dr. Priya Sharma, University of Connecticut, "Impurity/Confinement Induced Anomalous Thermal Hall Effect in Chiral Phases of Superfluid 3He ", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/16
  8. Rodrigo Araiza Bravo, Ph.D. candidate, Harvard University, Rodrigo Araiza Bravo, Ph.D. candidate, Harvard University, "Using Arrays of Cold Atoms for Analog Quantum Machine Learning", Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar3:30pm 11/14
  9. Dr. Florian Cougulic, University of Santiago de Campostela, Dr. Florian Cougulic, University of Santiago de Campostela, "Small-x evolution of flavor-singlet helicity distributions", Particle, Astrophysics and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/14
  10. Prof. Vesna Mitrovic, Brown University, Prof. Vesna Mitrovic, Brown University, "Multi-modal NMR spectroscopy of phase transitions in quantum materials", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/9
  11. Dr. Esteban Goetz, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut , Dr. Esteban Goetz, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut , "Towards Quantum Control of Interferometric High-order Harmonic Spectroscopy", Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar3:30pm 11/7
  12. London Willson, UConn, London Willson, UConn, "Categorizing Rare Super-Chandrasekhar Type Ia Supernovae", Astronomy Seminar2:30pm 11/2
  13. Prof. J. Nathan Hohman,  Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut , Prof. J. Nathan Hohman, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut , "Serial Femtosecond Crystallography of Continuously Variable Synthetic Materials", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/2
  14. Andrew Gibbs, UConn, Andrew Gibbs, UConn, "Model Comparison of the Circumgalactic Medium", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm 11/2
  15. Katya Gozman UMich, Astronomy Seminar Katya Gozman UMich, Astronomy Seminar2:30pm 10/26
  16. Sophia Vlahakis, MIT , Sophia Vlahakis, MIT , "The DeMi CubeSat: An Adaptive Optics Demonstration in Space", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm 10/26
  17. Prof. Lea Ferreira dos Santos, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut , Prof. Lea Ferreira dos Santos, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut , "Spectral kissing and its dynamical consequences in the squeezed Kerr-nonlinear oscillator ", Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar3:30pm 10/24
  18. Dr. Ana Akrap, Fribourg University , Dr. Ana Akrap, Fribourg University , "Landau level spectroscopy: a window into topological semimetals", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 10/19
  19. Graduate student Mitchell Bredice, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut , Graduate student Mitchell Bredice, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut , "Growth and Intrinsic Energy Relaxation in Nano-Size Particles ", Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar3:30pm 10/17
  20. Dr. Adil-Gerai Kussow,  UCONN, Dr. Adil-Gerai Kussow, UCONN, "Quantum Sensors", CANCELLED: Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 10/12
  21. Dr. M. Shafayat Hossain, Princeton University, Dr. M. Shafayat Hossain, Princeton University, "Quasi-1D topological materials", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 10/5
  22. Prof. Manasse Mbonye, the University of Rwanda, Prof. Manasse Mbonye, the University of Rwanda, "Is cosmic dynamics self-regulating?", Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 10/3
  23. Dr. Saikat Banerjee, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dr. Saikat Banerjee, Los Alamos National Laboratory, "Emergent orbital magnetization in Kitaev quantum magnets", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 9/28
  24. Dr. Patrick Wong, NORDITA, Stockholm, Sweden, Dr. Patrick Wong, NORDITA, Stockholm, Sweden, "Interactions & Topology: Auxiliary Field Approach and Generalized SSH Models", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 9/21
  25. Dr. Varun Makhija, University of Mary Washington, Dr. Varun Makhija, University of Mary Washington, "Ultrafast Molecular Frame Quantum Tomography", Atomic, Molecular, And Optical Physics Seminar3:30pm 9/19
  26. Dr. Yannick Wunderlich, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Bonn, Dr. Yannick Wunderlich, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Bonn, "Complete experiments for reactions among particles with arbitrary spin", Particle, Astrophysics, And Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 9/19
  27. Dr. Aaron Laforge, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Dr. Aaron Laforge, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Ultrafast interatomic decay processes induced by quantum fluid dynamics ", Atomic, Molecular, And Optical Physics Seminar3:30pm 5/9
  28. Dr. Aaron Laforge, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Dr. Aaron Laforge, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Ultrafast interatomic decay processes induced by quantum fluid dynamics ", RESCHEDULED to May 9 : Atomic, Molecular, And Optical Physics Seminar3:30pm 5/2
  29. Astro Seminar: Virtual Career Panel Astro Seminar: Virtual Career Panel2:00pm 4/20
  30. "Revealing Obscured Dusty Star-Forming Galaxies in the Early Universe", Astro Seminar: Dr. Sinclaire Manning2:00pm 4/13
  31. Dr. Esteban Goetz, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Dr. Esteban Goetz, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Quantum control of photoelectron dynamics and ultrafast photo-induced processes in complex systems", Atomic, Molecular, And Optical Physics Seminar3:30pm 4/11
  32. Dr. Lea Ferreira dos Santos Yeshiva University, Condensed Matter Physics Seminar Dr. Lea Ferreira dos Santos Yeshiva University, Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 3/24
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