Wiescher receives AAS Laboratory Astrophysics Prize

January 18, 2018 • Categories: News

Michael Wiescher

Every year, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Laboratory Astrophysics Division awards a prize to an individual who has made significant contributions to laboratory astrophysics over the course of his or her career. The 2018 award went to Michael Wiescher, the Freimann Professor of Physics. He was recognized for his significant contributions to the experimental foundation of nuclear astrophysics, as well as his research that closes the gap between experiment and theory in the field.     

Physicist awarded $1.4M to continue work at CERN

January 10, 2018 • Categories: News

Mitch Wayne 250

University of Notre Dame physicist Mitchell Wayne was awarded $1.4 million for continued work on the Phase I upgrade of the Compact Muon Solenoid Detector at the Large Hadron Collider at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

Astrophysicist Beers collaborates on article about formation of heaviest elements in universe

January 04, 2018 • Categories: News

Notre Dame Chair in Astrophysics Timothy C. Beers collaborated with Anna Frebel, associate professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on a review article about the formation of the heaviest elements in the universe.

Nuclear physics, the common ground in Cuba and Armenia for physics professor Aprahamian

December 15, 2017 • Categories: News

Aprahamiam 250

During recent trips to Cuba and Armenia, Ani Aprahamian, Freimann Professor of Experimental Nuclear Physics, met both President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia and Fidelito Castro, the son of the late and Cuban leader Fidel Castro, to talk about nuclear physics.

Two Department of Physics faculty honored with Media Legends Award

December 13, 2017 • Categories: News

Robertson Caspar 250

Physics professors Michael Wiescher and Dan Robertson both received a Media Legends Award from the Office of Media Relations for their work with the press that spotlighted academic excellence at the University of Notre Dame.

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Mon Jan 22, 2018

Nuclear Physics Seminar: Prof. Elias Garratt

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

Understanding and controlling material properties through focused ion beam technology

Prof. Elias Garratt
Michigan State University

Hosted by Prof. Simon

Posted In: Nuclear Seminar

Tue Jan 23, 2018

Our Universe Revealed: Dr. Jason Kalirai, Multi-Mission Project Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
101 Jordan Hall of Science

Hubble’s Recent Hits and a Look Forward to the James Webb Space Telescope

Dr. Jason Kalirai, Multi-Mission Project Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute

Part of the Our Universe Revealed Lecture Series

Posted In: Special Lectures and Events

Wed Jan 24, 2018

Physics Colloquium: Dr. Jason Kalirai, STScI

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

Seeing Galaxies as Collections of Stars

Dr. Jason Kalirai

Since the pioneering work of Henry Norris Russell 100 years ago, the study of nearby stellar populations in the Milky Way has served as a foundation for our quest to understand the nature of galaxies in the Universe. Today, studies of resolved stellar populations constrain fundamental relations that define how stars form, how they evolve over time, and how they dramatically transform themselves in the final stages of stellar death.  Understanding these processes give us a prescription to interpret all light from the Universe and to measure the physical state of galaxies. In this talk, I'll present new highest-precision observations that we've taken of nearby stellar populations, using the biggest ground and space based telescopes such as the Keck 10-meter telescope on Mauna Kea and the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit. These data are providing unprecedented constraints on our understanding of how stars evolve, and act as a bridge between studies of the nearby and distant Universe. I'll also discuss new opportunities for stellar population studies with an impressive suite of astronomical tools that are now on our horizon - GAIA, JWST, LSST, WFIRST, 30-meter telescopes.

Posted In: Colloquia

Thu Jan 25, 2018

Physics Colloquium: Dr. Chunhui Du, Harvard University

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

Control and local measurements of the spin chemical potential in a magnetic insulator

Dr. Chunhui Du
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physics, Harvard University

This lecture has been generously funded through The IBM Corporate Lecture Series, created to foster women's inclusion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

In recent decades, a large scientific effort has focused on harnessing spin transport for providing insights into novel materials and low-dissipation information processing. We introduce single spin magnetometry based on nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond as a new and generic platform to locally probe spin chemical potentials which essentially determine the flow of spin currents. We use this platform to investigate magnons in a magnetic insulator yttrium iron garnet (YIG) on a 100 nanometer length scale. We demonstrate that the local magnon chemical potential can be systematically controlled through both ferromagnetic resonance and electrical spin excitation, which agrees well with the theoretical analysis of the underlying multi-magnon processes. Our results open up new possibilities for nanoscale imaging and manipulation of spin-related phenomena in condensed-matter systems.

Posted In: Colloquia

Mon Jan 29, 2018

Nuclear Physics Seminar: Dr. Sophia Han

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

Title TBA

Dr. Sophia Han
University of Tennessee Knoxville

Hosted by Prof. Surman

Posted In: Nuclear Seminar

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