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. 



Notre Dame Researchers recognized for Part in Award-winning Study

August 17, 2017 • Categories: News

Joule Award

The National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of International Nuclear Safeguards presented this year's Joule Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions made for transferring: 19F(α,n) Na Cross Section for Uranium Enrichment to international partners." The Versatile Array of Neutron Detectors at Low Energy, also known as VANDLE, array of plastic scintillators, developed with Stewardship Science Academic Alliances funds, was critical to the success of this project.

Solar eclipse viewing events to begin at noon Aug. 21

August 17, 2017 • Categories: News

Solar Eclipse 250

Join the College of Science and the Department of Physics at the sundial in front of Jordan Hall of Science at noon Monday, August 21, where telescoped projections will be available and volunteers will be handing out a limited supply of free eclipse glasses on a first-come, first-served basis.

High Energy Physics Group secures NSF award

August 07, 2017 • Categories: News

Cern Nsf Grant 250

Notre Dame’s High Energy Elementary Particle Physics Group has been awarded $980,000 from the National Science Foundation to continue research with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at the world’s largest particle collider. 

Radiation Laboratory researchers unveil neutral radicals in new process

August 02, 2017 • Categories: News

Sylwia Ptasinksa 250

Researchers at the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory have devised a process to detect neutral radicals, which if more thoroughly understood can be used to improve radiotherapy to kill cancer cells or advance the manufacture of semiconductor chips, among other applications.

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Mon Aug 21, 2017

The Great American Eclipse at Notre Dame

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jordan Hall of Science

Solar Eclipse 250

On August 21, 2017, the shadow of the moon will draw a path across the continental United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. On campus we will see the moon obscure about 89% of the sun at maximum coverage. Join the College of Science and the Physics Department at the sundial in front of Jordan Hall of Science for a telescope's view of the eclipse, free eclipse viewing glasses (while supplies last) and a few experts to answer your questions about eclipses, the sun, and the days events.

Posted In: Special Lectures and Events

Tue Aug 22, 2017

First day of fall semester classes at Notre Dame

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2017 Fall Semester Classes Begin…

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Astrophysics Seminar: Prof. Grant Mathews, University of Notre Dame

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

The quest for evidence of extra dimensions and the multiverse


One expects that the universe was born out of a complicated string-theory landscape near the Planck epoch.  Although the energy scale of the birth of the universe is not accessible in terrestrial experiments, the energy scale of trans-Plankian physics could have been obtained  during the early instants of accelerated chaotic inflation. This talk will summarize the quest for cosmological evidence of this birth of space-time out of the string-theory landscape. We will explore the possibility that a set of superstring excitations may have made itself known via their coupling to the field of inflation. This may have left an imprint of "dips"  in the power spectrum of temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background. The identification of this as due to  a superstring is possible because there may be evidence for different oscillator states of the same superstring that appear on different scales on the sky. Similarly, as the universe emerged it is possible that the interaction with other nascent universes led to the formation of cold spots and/or large-scale curvature in the cosmic microwave background. Such curvature would appear as a cosmic "dark flow" with respect to the frame of the big bang. This talk will summarize current constraints on the existence of such dark flow and prospects for its identification in the future. The existence of extra dimensions during inflation can also  impact impact the cosmic expansion after the inflation epoch through the projection of curvature and/or mass-energy from a higher dimension. This can be constrained by the ratio of tensor to scalar fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background and via the effects of modified expansion on the light elements produced during big bang nucleosynthesis.

Posted In: Astrophysics Seminar

Our Universe Revealed: Dr. Neil Johnson, University of Miami

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
101 Jordan Hall of Science

Sub-second tsunamis: What Wall Street can teach us about neurological disorders


How fast can you blink your eye, or clap your hands? Sure, one or two cups of coffee and a good night’s sleep might help speed things up—but the fact is that there are large-scale, ultrafast systems operating 24/7 on which our livelihoods and pensions depend, but in which there is no hope of real-time human intervention when things go wrong since they are limited only by the speed of light. In fact, the science of such systems is not well understood—in particular, the extreme events or ‘Black Swans’ which are like digital tsunamis. In this talk I present an explicit discussion of one such ultrafast electronic system which is closer to home than you might think. But I also describe how improving our understanding of this system can help our understanding of potentially all others. And this includes the most complex network system of them all—the human brain.

Posted In: Special Lectures and Events

Wed Aug 23, 2017

Physics Colloquium: Prof. Neil Johnson, University of Miami

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

New Terrorism Reveals New Physics
In this talk, I will try to convince you that buried in arguably the most urgent challenge facing society, i.e. global terrorism, lies a wealth of interesting physics related to many-body out-of-equilibrium systems, complex dynamical networks, critical phenomena, kinetic theory, and even Green's Functions and Feynman diagrams [1-10]. Moreover there now exist detailed spatiotemporal datasets on global violent events which back up these claims. During the talk, I will try to emphasize the point that this is not just about providing something new for Physics, but rather that Physics is uniquely positioned to offer key insights into this important ‘many-person problem’ in a way that the traditional disciplines associated with analyzing terrorism can never do.

Posted In: Colloquia

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