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Physics majors present at Fall Undergraduate Research Fair

October 28, 2011 • Categories: News

The Fall Undergraduate Research Fair was held Thursday, October 27 in the Jordan Hall of Science. Undergraduate students presented posters and learned about research opportunities and internships. The Society of Physics Students (SPS) had an information table in the hall.

Two physics majors presented posters. Sophomore student Grace Meikle presented “Market Analysis of Solar Infrastructure in India,” based on her summer internship at a startup solar power company in Pune India called RelyOn Solar where she worked under the company owner Dr. Gundu Sabde. Junior physics major Patrick McIntyre presented “Applications of Multi-mode Interference in Fibers,” based on research he did this past summer at the University of Central Florida with Dr. Axel Schulzgen.…

Collon appointed to Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada committee

October 27, 2011 • Categories: News


The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), a federal agency which administers funding for university-based research, has appointed Philippe Collon, associate professor of physics, to a three-year term as a committee member of the Scholarships and Fellowships Selection Committee.…

Inspiring local 8th graders

October 26, 2011 • Categories: News



Some 140 eighth graders from Edison Intermediate Center in South Bend visited the Notre Dame campus during fall break to get a taste of college life, especially science study. The annual event is part of the Campus Tours Project, a collaboration among the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of Physics, Department of Biological Sciences, South Bend Community School Corporation and the City of South Bend.…

Looking at the sun

October 17, 2011 • Categories: News


On Friday, October 7, the astrophysics research group set up telescopes near the sundial outside of Jordan Hall of Science and invited the public to view the sun. Observers could see not only sun spots, but also had a chance to view through a hydrogen filter that permits viewers to see the prominences and the granular motion on the Sun.…

Installation of new accelerator underway

October 10, 2011 • Categories: News


The University of Notre Dame has begun installation of a new nuclear accelerator in its Nuclear Science Laboratory (NSL), located in the Nieuwland Hall of Science. A huge crane has been set up to facilitate the transport for the accelerator unit to its final position in the center of the NSL

Notre Dame physicists propose solution to constraint satisfaction problems

October 07, 2011 • Categories: News

Maria Ercsey-Ravasz, a postdoctoral associate and Zoltan Toroczkai, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, have proposed an alternative approach to solving difficult constraint satisfaction problems. Their paper, “Optimization hardness as transient chaos in an analog approach to constraint satisfaction,” was published this week in the journal Nature Physics

Notre Dame astrophysicist invited to Nobel Prize Ceremony

October 07, 2011 • Categories: News


Notre Dame astrophysicist Peter Garnavich has been invited to the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on Dec. 10 when Nobel Laureates Brian Schmidt, Adam Riess and Saul Perlmutter will receive the 2011 the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae.…