25 years at CERN yields answers...and more questions

September 14, 2017 • Categories: News

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Twenty-five years. That's how long Notre Dame researchers have made valuable contributions on an experiment being conducted at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. They helped discover a famous particle, but research continues as they seek to discover exactly how the universe operates.

Physics REU students cap off summer with diverse presentations

September 13, 2017 • Categories: News

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Twenty-seven of the 32 students who participated in the Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program capped off their summer with final presentations at the end of July, sharing results of their work on topics as wide-ranging as forgery and supernovae explosions.

A one-of-a-kind star found to change over decades

September 13, 2017 • Categories: News

The new evidence lends support to an existing theory of how the unusual star emits energy.

Eclipse event at ND a huge success

August 22, 2017 • Categories: News

The viewing event held on the south lawn of Jordan Hall of Science during the Great American Solar Eclipse was a resounding success. It is estimated that nearly 3,000 people visited the event to look at the sun through the telescope and to receive free eclipse glasses. It was standing-room only for the talk of Prof. Grant Mathews as well. Special thanks goes to all of the volunteers--faculty, students, staff, and friends--who helped to keep the crowd moving.…

Two physics faculty members among 6 awarded inaugural Greater China Collaboration Grants

August 21, 2017 • Categories: News

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Faculty based in the Colleges of Science, Engineering, and Business have been awarded grants for the research projects during the 2017-18 academic year. Notre Dame International is building, sustaining, and encouraging academic and research collaboration with leading universities in the Greater China region, including mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. 



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Tue Sep 19, 2017

Astrophysics Seminar: Dr. Nicolas Lehner

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
184 Nieuwland Science Hall

Unveiling the properties of the gas around galaxies

Dr. Nicolas Lehner
Research Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame

It has become clear that the level of activity in a galaxy is affected by phenomena occurring in its disk, but also in its halo, known as the circumgalactic medium (CGM) —  the gas at the interface of a galaxy and the intergalactic medium. Gas flows through the CGM directly influence the baryon distribution and metal content of their host galaxies as well as the level of stellar activity in the disk, and hence the evolution of galaxies. Here I will review some of the recent findings made by our research group and some of the future directions.

Posted In: Astrophysics Seminar

President's Address to the Faculty

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Patricia George Decio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. will deliver his annual President's Address to the Faculty in the Patricia George Decio Theatre in DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

The address will begin at 4 p.m. with a reception to follow.…

Posted In: Special Lectures and Events

Wed Sep 20, 2017

Core Facility Fair

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
McCourtney Hall

2017 ND Core Facility Fair

McCourtney Hall common area, Noon-4 pm

This event is open to all interested undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and staff, as well as external customers, who wish to learn more about what the core facilities are and how their state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise can benefit research projects or work areas. Personnel from the core facilities will be on hand to answer your questions.…

Posted In: Special Lectures and Events

Physics Colloquium: Prof. Jorge A. Lopez

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
118 Nieuwland Science Hall

Italian delicacies served up in a neutron star crust


The matter in the outermost layer, or “crust,” of a neutron star (the remnant of a supernova) is believed to host a variety of phases in which dense regions of nucleons are filled with voids of lower density. The presence of the phases, euphemistically referred to as “nuclear pasta” because of their resemblance to the shapes of lasagna, gnocchi, and spaghetti, may affect the emission of neutrinos, the primary mechanism by which the neutron star cools. In this work, molecular dynamics and a set of topological and geometric descriptors (volume, area, mean curvature, and its Euler characteristic—a number that represents the phase’s topology) are used to accurately identify the pasta phases predicted by dynamical simulations, a labeling scheme that could be used to directly map the shape of a pasta phase to its effect on neutrino emission and neutron star cooling.

Posted In: Colloquia

Mon Sep 25, 2017

Special Colloquium: Prof. Lisa Randall, Harvard University

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
123 Nieuwland Science Hall

The Nature of Dark Matter

Dr. Lisa Randall
Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science  
Harvard University

I will discuss possibilities for dark matter, focusing on my recent work on how astronomical measurements can give insights into dark matter’s interactions.


Posted In: Colloquia and Special Lectures and Events

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