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UConn Researcher an Architect for Astronomical Survey Making Observations Toward a New Understanding of the Cosmos

November 2, 2020 – Elaina Hancock – UConn Communications The Sloan Digital Sky Survey’s fifth generation – a groundbreaking project to bolster our understanding of the formation and evolution of galaxies, including the Milky Way – collected its very first observations on the evening of October 23. Image: The Sloan Digital Sky Survey’s fifth generation […]

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Prof. Kyungseon Joo named Chair of CLAS Collaboration at Jefferson Lab

Kyungseon Joo, a professor of physics, has been named Chair of the CLAS Collaboration, one of the largest international collaborations in nuclear physics.  CLAS involves 50 institutions from 9 countries and has about 250 collaborators.  The collaboration recently completed the upgrade of the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS12) for operation at 11 GeV beam energy […]

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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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  1. Dr. Antonio Picón, Departamento de Química, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Dr. Antonio Picón, Departamento de Química, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, "Mapping the real-time movies of chemical bonds", Atomic, Molecular, And Optical Physics Seminar4:00pm 3/3
  2. Dr. Siddharth Mohite, UW-Milwaukee and CCA, Flatiron Institute, Dr. Siddharth Mohite, UW-Milwaukee and CCA, Flatiron Institute, "Investigating Populations across the Gravitational-Wave Mass Spectrum: Statistical Tools and Implications for Astrophysics", Astronomy Seminar11:30am 3/3
  3. Joyce Caliendo, University of Connecticut  , Joyce Caliendo, University of Connecticut , "Early Science with the Large Millimeter Telescope: Constraining the Gas Fraction of a Compact Quiescent Galaxy at z = 1.883 ", Astronomy Seminar11:00am 3/3
  4. Dr. H. Larsson, California Institute of Technology, Dr. H. Larsson, California Institute of Technology, "Molecules in quantum motion --- Understanding electrons, nuclei, and their interactions", Atomic, Molecular, And Optical Physics Seminar4:00pm 3/1
  5. Dr. Jean Marcel Ngoko Djiokap, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Dr. Jean Marcel Ngoko Djiokap, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, "Control of Electron Motion on an Attosecond Timescale ", Atomic, Molecular, And Optical Physics Seminar4:00pm 2/24
  6. Dr. S. Feeney, UCL, Dr. S. Feeney, UCL, "Clarifying the Hubble Constant Tension", Astronomy Seminar11:00am 2/24
  7. Dr. Anh-Thu Le, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Dr. Anh-Thu Le, Missouri University of Science and Technology, "Toward Ultrafast Molecular Imaging with Intense Laser Pulses ", Atomic, Molecular, And Optical Physics Seminar4:00pm 2/17
  8. Dr. Francois Mauger, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Dr. Francois Mauger, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Louisiana State University, " Watching electrons move in molecules", Atomic, Molecular, And Optical Physics Seminar4:00pm 2/15
  9. Dr. Kris Pardo, Jet Propulsion Laboratory  , Dr. Kris Pardo, Jet Propulsion Laboratory , "Detecting Gravitational Waves and Dark Matter with the Roman Space Telescope's Exoplanet Microlensing Survey", Astronomy Seminar11:00am 2/10
  10. Dr. A. Stevens, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan State University and University of Michigan, Dr. A. Stevens, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan State University and University of Michigan, "Mapping Matter in Strong Gravity: Spectral-Timing of Black Holes and Neutron Stars ", Astronomy Seminar11:00am 2/3
  11. Prof. J. Haraldsen, University of North Florida  , Prof. J. Haraldsen, University of North Florida , "Examining multi-band effects on the electronic compressibility of a 2D electron gas: Insights into the negative compressibility of LAO/STO", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar11:00am 2/3
  12. Prof. P. Mannheim, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. P. Mannheim, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Is Dark Matter Fact or Fantasy -- Clues from the Data", Astronomy Seminar11:00am 1/27
  13. Dr. Caitlin Witt, Department of Physics and Astronomy, West Virginia University, Astronomy Seminar Dr. Caitlin Witt, Department of Physics and Astronomy, West Virginia University, Astronomy Seminar10:00am 1/20
  14. Anahita Alavi, University of California, Riverside, Anahita Alavi, University of California, Riverside, "Dwarf Galaxies Before Exciting Future Observations: The Importance of Extragalactic HST UV Imaging Surveys", Astronomy Seminar12:00pm 12/9
  15. Condensed Matter Physics Seminar Condensed Matter Physics Seminar10:00am 12/8
  16. Prof. Steven Longmore, Liverpool John Moores University, Prof. Steven Longmore, Liverpool John Moores University, "Ecosystems and Life", Astronomy Seminar10:00am 12/2
  17. Prof. H.Haggard, Bard College, Prof. H.Haggard, Bard College, "Why do so many black holes measured in gravitational waves have zero spin?", Particle, Astrophysics, And Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/30
  18. Prof. Sang Wook Cheong, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers University, Prof. Sang Wook Cheong, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers University, "Trompe L'oeil Ferromagnetism", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar9:30am 11/30
  19. We will have two presentations and by Los Alamos theorists:, Condensed Matter Physics Seminar We will have two presentations and by Los Alamos theorists:, Condensed Matter Physics Seminar9:30am 11/24
  20. Dr. Vivienne Baldassare, Washington State Univeristy  , Dr. Vivienne Baldassare, Washington State Univeristy , "Searching for active galactic nuclei in low-mass galaxies via optical variability", Astronomy Seminar11:00am 11/18
  21. Professor  Saroj Prasad Dash, Quantum Device Physics Laboratory, Dept. Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, Professor Saroj Prasad Dash, Quantum Device Physics Laboratory, Dept. Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, "Spin Current in Topological Quantum Materials", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar10:00am 11/10
  22. Mohammad Akhshik, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Mohammad Akhshik, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "REQUIEM-2D: REsolving QUIEscent Magnified galaxies using strong gravitational lensing, 2D grism spectroscopy and multi-band photometry", Astronomy Seminar10:00am 11/4
  23. Prof Jeremy Levy, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh, Prof Jeremy Levy, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh, "Ferroelastic Textures, Magnetism, and Superconductivity in LaAlO3/SrTiO3", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar10:00am 11/3
  24. Dr. Viktor Mokeev, Jefferson National Laboratory, Dr. Viktor Mokeev, Jefferson National Laboratory, "Advances in the Exploration of the Nucleon Resonance Spectrum and Structure in Experimentswith CLAS and CLAS12", Particle, Astrophysics, And Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 10/12
  25. Dr. Semeon Valgushev, Brookhaven National Lab, Dr. Semeon Valgushev, Brookhaven National Lab, "Phase diagram of QCD and Lifshitz regime: how transverse thermal fluctuations might turn nuclear matter into quantum-spin liquid", Particle, Astrophysics, And Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 10/5
  26. Dr. D. Farfurnik, University of Maryland, Dr. D. Farfurnik, University of Maryland, "Enhancing the coherence properties of quantum dots toward quantum photonic applications", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar10:00am 7/14
  27. Prof. L. Levitov, Department of Physics, MIT, Prof. L. Levitov, Department of Physics, MIT, "Long-Lived Excitations, Directional Memory and Hydrodynamic Transport in Two-Dimensional Electron Fluids", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar9:00am 4/10
  28. Dr. Raffaella DeVita, INFN Genoa and Jefferson Lab, Dr. Raffaella DeVita, INFN Genoa and Jefferson Lab, "Hadron spectroscopy in the light quark sector", Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 3/30
  29. Prof. Masafumi Fukuma, Kyoto University , Prof. Masafumi Fukuma, Kyoto University , "Title/abstract TBA", Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm 3/23
  30. CANCELLED:, Dr. J. Nathan Hohman, Institute of Materials Science and the Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, CANCELLED: Condensed Matter Physics Seminar CANCELLED:, Dr. J. Nathan Hohman, Institute of Materials Science and the Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, CANCELLED: Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 3/17
  31. Dr. Sumanta Bandyopadhyay, Nordita, Dr. Sumanta Bandyopadhyay, Nordita, "Superconductivity in a nonhermitian system and Berezinksii classification ", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 3/11
  32. CANCELLED:, Dr. A. B. Belonoshko, Department of Physics, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, CANCELLED: Condensed Matter Physics Seminar CANCELLED:, Dr. A. B. Belonoshko, Department of Physics, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, CANCELLED: Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 3/10
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