SuperTIGER and X-Calibur

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“SuperTIGER may launch any day now, and X-Calibur will be flight-ready right after them,” said Henric Krawczynski, professor of physics in Arts & Sciences. While they wait for launch from Antarctica, the team is eating well, skiing and seal watching. Follow their blog to see how the missions featuring WashU technology fare.

Physics Students Win National Recognition

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Student-Led Physical Sciences Organization is Honored with Award from the National Office of the Society of Physics Students as an Outstanding Chapter

Carl Bender Received Homboldt Research Award

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Carl Bender, Konneker Distinguished Professor of Physics Emeritus, has received a Humboldt Research Award.

Olga Pravdivtseva received a NASA grant

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Olga Pravdivtseva, research associate professor of physics, received a three-year, $1,192,000 grant from NASA to support research on I-Xe dating of alteration in CK and CV carbonaceous chondrites.

Faculty Opening, Astrophysics Experiment

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The Department of Physics at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications to fill a tenure-track faculty opening at the Assistant Professor level in Astrophysics Experiment. This is an open search in all areas of astrophysics, particle astrophysics and experimental cosmology. The appointment will include membership in the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences. We are particularly interested in candidates who use experimental techniques that overlap with our newly established Center for Quantum Sensors. The appointment will begin Fall 2019.

Physics Research Group Heads to Antarctica to Launch Telescope

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It’s going to be a sunny, cold summer this December for scientists headed to Antarctica. McMurdo Station, the continent’s bustling metropolis of roughly 1,000 residents, will be home to researchers hoping to understand more about some of the most exotic phenomena in the universe – neutron stars and black holes.

Cold, Dark Stars Lurking in the Universe Could Act Like Single Giant Atoms

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Professor Bhupal Dev was recently interviewed and quoted in an article on LiveScience.

Professor James Buckley received a NASA grant

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James Buckley, a professor in the Department of Physics, received a three-year, $962,000 grant from NASA to support the development of a novel imaging calorimeter for gamma ray and cosmic ray studies.

Sutherland, Calogero and Gaudin win 2019 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics

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Bill Sutherland, BA '63, was one of three theoretical physicists awarded the 2019 Dannie Heineman Prize.

Professor Kenneth Kelton Discusses Materials Through the Ages

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Over thousands of years, by trial and error, humankind has learned how to produce superior materials for different types of processing. Physicist Ken Kelton talks about materials through the ages.

Erik Henriksen received an NSF grant

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Erik Henriksen, assistant professor of physics, received a $406,000 National Science Foundation grant toward a project titled "Pursuit of quantum spin liquids in exfoliated anti-ferromagnetic insulators." Henriksen was also awarded $69,000 from Zyvex Labs to collaborate on the development of atomically precise fabrication and contactless measurement technology.

Improving Nuclear Detection with New Chip Power

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A cross-disciplinary team of chemists and physicists from Washington University in St. Louis is building a better computer chip to improve detection and surveillance for the illegal transport of nuclear materials at U.S. borders.

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