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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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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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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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  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
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  9. 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
  10. Multimodal Spectroscopies of Correlated Materials Multimodal Spectroscopies of Correlated Materials" Dr Ilya Drozdov, Brookhaven National Laboratory , Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 3/13
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  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
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  18. Dr. Sarah Ballard, MIT Kavli Institute, Dr. Sarah Ballard, MIT Kavli Institute, "Lifetimes of Planetary Systems around Small Stars", Astronomy Seminar12:30pm 2/13
  19. 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
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  21. 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
  22. 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
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  24. 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
  25. 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
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  30. 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
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