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Astrophysics graduate students witness first-ever detected neutron star collision

October 19, 2017 • Categories: News

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Third-year physics graduate students Kaitlin Rasmussen and Devin Whitten were settling into their observation work in August on the 2.5-meter Irénée du Pont Telescope atop a rocky mountain in Las Campanas, Chile, scouring for a type of star enhanced by a set of reactions called the rapid-neutron capture process, or r-process. What they witnessed instead is being described as one of the most significant discoveries in astrophysics.

Physics professor elected into Academy of Europe

October 17, 2017 • Categories: News

Michael Wiescher, the Freimann Professor of Nuclear Physics and the director of the Nuclear Science Laboratory, has been elected into the Academia Europaea, the Academy of Europe, for a lifetime of outstanding achievements.

 

Dobrowolksa-Furdyna receives Distinguished Achievement Award from South Bend Alumni Association

October 12, 2017 • Categories: News

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Margaret Dobrowolska-Furdyna, the associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Science, has won the Distinguished Achievement Award from the South Bend Alumni Association for her role in organizing the Ace for Science tennis tournament. From 2014 through 2016, Dobrowolska-Furdyna organized an annual tennis tournament for charity to raise funds for science programs in local South Bend schools.

Sifting through stardust

October 11, 2017 • Categories: News

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Galactic archaeology digs into the origins of the universe.

High-Energy Physics Group awarded $1.2 million from DOE

October 10, 2017 • Categories: News

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University of Notre Dame physicists and their colleagues have been awarded $1.2 million over four years from the United States Department of Energy to develop radiation-resistant optical devices that can be used in a wide variety of scientific and technical applications, including experiments at the world’s largest particle accelerator, located in Geneva, Switzerland.

Matta's Ph.D. thesis published by Springer Theses

October 04, 2017 • Categories: News

The Ph. D. thesis of Dr. James Matta, titled "Exotic Nuclear Excitations: The Transverse Wobbling Mode in 135Pr" has been published as a book by the well-known science publisher Springer under the "Springer Theses" series. 

Physics professor awarded NSF grant to develop an ion trapping apparatus

September 29, 2017 • Categories: News

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Physicist Maxime Brodeur received a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on the Standard Model of physics at the University of Notre Dame’s Nuclear Science Laboratory.

Physics majors receive early induction to Phi Beta Kappa

September 22, 2017 • Categories: News

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This week, Notre Dame's chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society inducted its first class ever of students chosen for early admission based on the strength of their academic record through their junior year. Phi Beta Kappa was the nation's first honor society, formed in 1776 to promote and advocate excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. It remains the most prestigious of American honor societies, with 286 chapters across the nation. It can claim 17 presidents and 136 Nobel laureates among its members.…

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.

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.

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.

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. 

 

 

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.

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.

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

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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 www.nduniverse.org/upcoming-talks/

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

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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 Tom and Carolyn 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.