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Giant gas cloud boomeranging back into Milky Way

January 28, 2016 • Categories: News

This graphic shows the location of the Smith Cloud as seen from Earth, if it were visible

Since astronomers discovered the Smith Cloud, a giant gas cloud plummeting toward the Milky Way, they have been unable to determine its composition, which would hold clues as to its origin. University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Nicolas Lehner and his collaborators have now determined that the cloud contains elements similar to our sun, which means the cloud originated in the Milky Way’s outer edges and not in intergalactic space as some have speculated.

Rebounding galactic cloud discussed in Thursday’s Hubble Hangout; expert available for comment

January 28, 2016 • Categories: News

Hubble Hangout

Thursday (Jan. 28) during a Hubble Hangout, University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Nicolas Lehner will discuss a new study about high velocity clouds around the Milky Way Galaxy that were jettisoned and are falling back in.

Thomson Reuters Names Four Notre Dame Faculty among the Top 1 Percent of Highly Cited Scholars

January 20, 2016 • Categories: News


The Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers list identifies the top 1 percent of the almost 9 million scholars and scientists who publish their academic findings every year [accounting for more than 2 million journal papers]. Four Notre Dame faculty members — Bertrand Hochwald and J. Nicholas Laneman from the College of Engineering and Timothy Beers

Bardayan elected to FRIB User Organization Executive Committee

January 12, 2016 • Categories: News


Prof. Dan Bardayan, Department of Physics, has been elected to the User Organization Executive Committee for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University. The goals of the Users’ Organization are to work towards the realization and timely construction of FRIB, to act as an advocate for the needs of the FRIB user community, to articulate and promote the scientific case for rare-isotope science, and to advocate for rare isotope science in the USA.…

Physicists offer theories to explain mysterious collision at Large Hadron Collider

January 08, 2016 • Categories: News

Image from CERN of the CMS detector illustrates one of the proton collisions that may have produced a mysterious particle

Physicists around the world were puzzled recently when an unusual bump appeared in the signal of the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, causing them to wonder if it was a new particle previously unknown, or perhaps even two new particles. The collision cannot be explained by the Standard Model, the theoretical foundation of particle physics.

Annual Graduate Physics Students conference a success

January 05, 2016 • Categories: News

GPS poster session

The Graduate Physics Students 2015 Annual Conference was held in December. The first day of the event featured research talks by six students: Chris Seymour, “Commissioning of the St. George Recoil Separator;” Gary Uppal, “A Spatial Model for Bacteria Interaction and Evolution;” Michael Skulski, “Further Exploration of the 33S(α,p)36Cl Reaction Cross Section;” Rodolfo Capedevilla, “A Search for Light Stops in a Gauge Extension of the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model;” Vu Nguyen,  “Inversion of Diffusion on Networks;” and Tyler Anderson, “Measurement Campaign for Astrophysically Relevant 36Cl Production Cross Sections.”…