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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Professor Rainer Weiss: Katzenstein Distinguished Lecture

The Katzenstein Distinguished Lectures series continued in the 2018 academic year with its twenty second Nobel Laureate lecturer, with an October 26, 2018 lecture by Professor Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The title of Professor Weiss’ talk was “Exploration of the Universe with Gravitational Waves”, with abstract: The observations of gravitational waves […]

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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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  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. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Prof. Jie Wu, Westlake University, China, Prof. Jie Wu, Westlake University, China, "Electronic nematicity in unconventional superconductors", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/26
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Dr. Masakaki Tomii, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut   Non-perturbative matching of Wilson coefficients from four-flavor to three-flavor theories using lattice QCD, Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar Dr. Masakaki Tomii, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut Non-perturbative matching of Wilson coefficients from four-flavor to three-flavor theories using lattice QCD, Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 10/14
  20. Philip Engelke, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, Philip Engelke, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, "OH as an Alternate Tracer for Molecular Gas", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm 10/9
  21. Dr. Seok-Woo Lee, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut, Dr. Seok-Woo Lee, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut, "Superelasticity of ThCr2Si2-Structured Intermetallic Compounds at the Micrometer Scale", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 10/8
  22. Prof. Michael Lublinsky, Department of Physics, Ben-Gurion University, Prof. Michael Lublinsky, Department of Physics, Ben-Gurion University, "Transport from the Fluid/Gravity Correspondence", Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 10/2
  23. Dr. Jacqueline McCleary, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, Dr. Jacqueline McCleary, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, "Dark Matter and Galactic Dust at Megaparsec Scales", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm 9/25
  24. Dr. Michael Mattern,Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Germany, Dr. Michael Mattern,Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Germany, "Massive filamentary clouds and their role in star formation", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm 9/18
  25. Prof. B. Spivak, Department of Physics, University of Washington, Prof. B. Spivak, Department of Physics, University of Washington, " Anomalous metals", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 9/10
  26. Dr. Molly Gallagher, Department of Physics,University of Connecticut, Dr. Molly Gallagher, Department of Physics,University of Connecticut, "Mapping Extragalactic Dense Molecular Gas: Ties to Environment and Star Formation ", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm 9/4
  27. Dr. Jan M Rost, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar Dr. Jan M Rost, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar2:00pm 8/21
  28. Prof. Keith Horne, University of St. Andrews, Prof. Keith Horne, University of St. Andrews, "Echo Tomography of Black Hole Accretion Flows in Active Galactic Nuclei", Special Astronomy Seminar2:00pm 7/26
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  31. 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
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