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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.

Demon in the Details of Quantum Thermodynamics

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Kater Murch, Associate Professor of Physics, and colleagues find quantum ‘Maxwell’s Demon’ may give up information to extract work

Article on Testing Einstein's Predictions

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Professor Krawczynski's article on testing Einstein's predictions for rotating black holes is an Editor's Choice for the August 2018 issue of General Relativity and Gravitation

X-Calibur Telescope Preparing for a Stratospheric Balloon Flight

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Professor Henric Krawczynski's group and an international team of scientists and engineers are preparing the X-Calibur telescope for a stratospheric balloon flight launched from McMurdo (Antarctic) in December 2018.

2018 Newsletter

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New faculty, Renovations, and more!

Three questions with recent Nobel laureate W. E. Moerner

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In 1989, alumnus W. E. ­Moerner, AB ’75, BS ’75, BS ’75, became the first scientist in the world to measure the light absorption of a single molecule, a task long thought to be impossible. Twenty-five years later in October 2014, Moerner won the Nobel Prize for chemistry for his breakthrough.

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