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    An artist's conception of the shock breaking out of a red supergiant star. The shock is caused by the collapse of the core of the star and initiates a type II supernova explosion.

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    Notre Dame logo constructed from 47 individual CO molecules arranged on a copper sheet, from the lab of Prof. Kenjiro Gomes. The logo is only 12 nanometers across. Orange regions are electron waves scattered off the dark CO molecules.

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    Geneva, Switzerland: Lowering of a completed segment of the CMS detector into its underground cavern. The completed instrument is now recording collisions at the Large Hadron Collider.

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    Image credit: J.C. Howk, K. Rueff (Notre Dame), NASA/ESA, LBTO

    Notre Dame astronomers are using images of the spiral galaxy NGC 4302 to study the impact that exploding stars have on gas and dust in spiral galaxies.

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    High-temperature superconducting YBCO levitating above a magnetic track due to vortex pinning

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    The National Science Foundation (NSF) funded 5 MV accelerator represents a major equipment upgrade for the nuclear research group.

Faculty Spotlight

Garnavich 2016

Peter Garnavich


Peter Garnavich, has been appointed as Physics Department Chair.

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Sylwia Ptasinksa 700

Sylwia Ptasinska

Associate Professor

Prof. Ptasinska is among researchers at the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory who 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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Wiescher 2015

Michael Wiescher

Freimann Professor

Michael Wiescher has been elected into Academy of Europe.

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Maxime Brodeur

The Ortenzio Family Assistant Professor in Applied Medical and Nuclear Physics

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. He will develop an ion trapping apparatus, called the NSLtrap, that will hold radioactive nuclei unimpeded in free space, allowing Brodeur to perform delicate measurements. 

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