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Notre Dame Researchers recognized for Part in Award-winning Study

August 17, 2017 • Categories: News

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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

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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

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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

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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.

In memoriam: Prof. William Shephard

August 01, 2017 • Categories: News


Emeritus Professor Bill Shephard passed away Friday, July 28. Prof. Shephard joined Notre Dame's Department of Physics in 1963. With Prof. Paul Kenney, Bill founded the High Energy Physics program. He was an active experimentalist who worked on a number of projects at Fermilab and Brookhaven throughout his career. Bill was well known as a conscientious teacher, both as a mentor of graduate students and in the classroom.…

Get ready for the great American eclipse

July 27, 2017 • Categories: News

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Join Keith Davis, Ph.D., inside the Digital Visualization Theater to prepare for the Great American Eclipse! On August 21, 2017, the shadow of the moon will draw a path across the continental United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. See a simulation of the eclipse in Notre Dame's unique 50-foot planetarium and digital theater. Learn about historically interesting eclipses and how the moon's place in the solar system makes these events so spectacular. Discover how to view the eclipse safely, and receive free eclipse viewing glasses.The event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at

Notre Dame research funding reaches record-breaking levels

July 17, 2017 • Categories: News

The University of Notre Dame has received $138.1 million in research funding for fiscal year (FY) 2017, surpassing the previous record of $133.7 million set in FY 2015.

Researchers create first low-energy particle accelerator beam underground in the United States

July 12, 2017 • Categories: News


Michael Wiescher, Freimann Professor of Nuclear Physics and Dan Robertson, Research Assistant Professor, are leading the team from Notre Dame, working in collaboration with researchers from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and the Colorado School of Mines.

Peter Garnavich appointed chair of the Department of Physics

June 28, 2017 • Categories: News

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Peter Garnavich is appointed to the position of chair of the Department of Physics, effective July 1, 2017. He replaces Christopher Kolda, who steps down as the chair after four years of leadership to the department.

Martin named Aurora and Thomas Marquez Assistant Professor of Physics

June 19, 2017 • Categories: News

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Adam Martin, assistant professor of physics, has been named the Aurora and Thomas Marquez Assistant Professor of Physics.

Students compete in 10th annual NSF REU Physics Olympics

June 16, 2017 • Categories: News

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Sixty rising juniors and seniors from three Research Experience for Undergraduate programs participated in Notre Dame's 10th annual Physics Olympics. 

Undergraduate Michael Foley receives Goldwater Scholarship

June 15, 2017 • Categories: News

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Michael Foley is the recipient of a 2017-18 Goldwater Scholarship. Foley, a physics (astrophysics concentration) and math major and Glynn Family Honors Program minor hails from St. Charles, IL. He is a member of the Society of Physics Students. Foley intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, and to conduct research and teach at the university level.…

Discovery reveals planet almost as hot as the Sun

June 05, 2017 • Categories: News

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A newly discovered planet almost three times the size of Jupiter is fascinating scientists with a unique orbit, atmospheric features and a daytime temperature hotter than most stars.

2017 Undergraduate Physics Student Awards

May 31, 2017 • Categories: News

Outstanding Senior Physics Major Award

  • Benjamin Cote
  • Brandon Roach

The Outstanding Senior Physics Major award is given in recognition of academic performance, contributions to the major, and potential for future success.

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award

  • Daniel Barabasi

The Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award recognizes a student’s contributions to research within the Physics Department and his/her potential for future success.…

Mark Caprio receives the Shilts/Leonard Teaching Award for 2017

May 26, 2017 • Categories: News

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Mark Caprio, Ph.D., associate professor of theoretical physics, associate chair, and director of graduate studies, is the recipient of the 2017 Father James L. Shilts, C.S.C./Doris and Gene Leonard Teaching Award from the College of Science. The award, presented on May 19 at the College of Science Dean’s Awards luncheon, is given for excellence in undergraduate or graduate teaching and is the highest teaching honor bestowed by the college.

Two College of Science juniors awarded Clare Boothe Luce scholarships

May 25, 2017 • Categories: News

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College of Science juniors Ashley Ahimbisibwe and Kaitlin Salyer have been awarded full merit-based scholarships for the 2017–2018 academic year through the Clare Boothe Luce Program.

Senior science students honored at luncheon

May 24, 2017 • Categories: News

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Several graduating seniors were honored on Friday, May 19, 2017, during a luncheon in the galleria of the Jordan Hall of Science for their varied accomplishments and successes.

Physics honors graduate school degree recipients and department award winner

May 23, 2017 • Categories: News

The University of Notre Dame Graduate School ceremony was held Saturday, May 20.  Dick Notebaert, chairman emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees and retired chairman and chief executive officer of Qwest Communications, delivered the commencement address at the event which celebrated the recipients of 240 doctoral degrees and 478 master’s degrees.…

Crepp among ND researchers who receive prestigious National Science Foundation awards

May 18, 2017 • Categories: News

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recognized 10 University of Notre Dame faculty members for their excellence in research with Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards.

2017 commencement celebrates 23 physics majors

May 17, 2017 • Categories: News

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Notre Dame Physics proudly announces the 2017 majors in physics. Best wishes for a wonderful future!


























Graduate students receive Kaneb Center awards

May 11, 2017 • Categories: News

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Physics graduate students Samuel Henderson and Craig Reingold are the receipents of the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. This award was created in 1999 to recognize graduate student instructors and TAs who demonstrate commitment to exceptional teaching in lectures, seminars, labs, and across the academic profession. The Graduate School and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning present the award annually to TAs that are nominated by their departments. There were fourteen awards given to TAs in the College of Science. The award consists of a certificate from the Kaneb Center and Graduate School, a letter documenting the award for the graduate student’s file, a $100 honorarium, and an invitation to a formal dinner hosted by the Kaneb Center and the Graduate School held in April.…

Delgado named 2017 Joyce Award recipient

May 10, 2017 • Categories: News

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Prof. Antonio Delgado is the recipient of a 2016-17 Rev. Edmund Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The awards, which were established in 2007, recognize annually four faculty in the College of Science for their profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching. In particular, the Joyce award recognizes faculty who: create environments that stimulate significant student learning; elevate students to a new level of intellectual engagement; and foster students’ ability to express themselves effectively within the discipline.…

Uncovering the history of currency and counterfeiting in colonial America

May 08, 2017 • Categories: News

Legitimate and counterfeit currency played a significant role in the Revolutionary War – either as a justification to start it or as part of a strategy to win it. However, to understand the economics of this time period, it is critical to know how colonial and counterfeit currency was produced, distributed, and utilized.

Physics graduate students perform demo for ND Day's live broadcast

May 05, 2017 • Categories: News


Graduate physics students Adam Clark, Allan Leishman, Austin Nelson, and Craig Reingold participated in this year’s Notre Dame Day live broadcast on April 23rd to gain votes for the Graduate Physics Society (GPS). During the broadcast, the students of the GPS

Simon research recognized in the special edition of Journal of Physics G: Emerging Leaders

April 27, 2017 • Categories: News

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Prof. Anna Simon has published a paper in the Journal of Physics G: Emerging Leaders. Titled “Impact of the a optical model potential on the g-process nucleosynthesis” the paper investigates the impact of the nuclear properties on the g-process nucleosynthesis. g-process is a nucleosynthesis scenario responsible for production of proton-rich isotopes of heavy nuclei. Since the reaction network that describe the g-process is based on model predictions of the rates of all the reactions involved (only in few cases these can be measured directly) understanding of the impact of the current models of the nuclear properties is important for constraining the predictions of the network calculations. In this work, the analysis focused on the a-optical model potential; future work will investigate impact of other parameters, e.g. g-strength function.

Graduate student Kevin Howard awarded JSPS Summer 2017 Fellowship

April 26, 2017 • Categories: News

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Physics graduate student Kevin Howard has been awarded a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). This summer Mr. Howard will be working with Prof. Shinsuke Ota at the Center for Nuclear Study at the University of Tokyo, and Dr. Tomohiro Uesaka, a Chief Scientist at the Spin Isospin Laboratory at the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science.

Lincoln wins 2017 Gemant Award from AIP

April 18, 2017 • Categories: News

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Dr. Donald Lincoln, Fermilab senior physicist and longtime guest professor in ND Physics, has won the 2017 Gemant Award from the American Institute of Physics (AIP). This annual prize recognizes significant contributions to the cultural, artistic, or humanistic dimension of physics.…

Support ND Physics during Notre Dame Day 2017

April 17, 2017 • Categories: News

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The Department of Physics will participate in this year's Notre Dame Day event, April 23-24. The LIVE Notre Dame Day broadcast will kick-off at 18:42 pm ET (6:42 pm ET) on April 23rd at NOTREDAMEDAY.ND.EDU. The 29-hour broadcast will showcase Notre Dame stories from around the world, as well as live interviews, special musical performances, remotes, in-studio performances and surprise celebrity guests. Please spread the word and help us earn votes! Follow the celebration on social media with #NDday.…

Energy Summer Camp at Notre Dame

April 12, 2017 • Categories: News


This summer the University of Notre Dame will host the Irish Sustainable Energy for Everyone Camp (I-SEE). I-SEE Camp is an energy systems education program designed to introduce motivated high school students to the frontiers of research and development (R&D) in the sciences of energy systems. Students will have the chance to learn about the work of experts in the energy sector. The field of energy is inherently interdisciplinary, and includes sciences such as physics, chemistry, and biology as well as engineering and entrepreneurship. Students will advance their knowledge of all of these topics, while also developing leadership skills. This residential camp is Sunday, July 23 through Saturday, August 5. For course information, click here

Notre Dame Astrophysicist Beers receives Distinguished Science Alumni Award from Purdue

April 10, 2017 • Categories: News

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Beers was honored recently by his alma mater for the work he’s done in astrophysics. Purdue’s College of Science has bestowed upon Beers one of its 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The honor goes to one person from each of the college’s seven departments each year for “alumni whose work and achievements have made a significant difference in our communities and lives.”