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Physicists confirm first planet discovered in a quadruple star system

October 29, 2012 • Categories: News


Justin Crepp, Freimann Assistant Professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, provided the high-contrast imaging observations that confirmed the first extrasolar planet discovered in a quadruple star system. He is a co-author on a paper about the discovery, “Planet Hunters: A Transiting Circumbinary Planet in a Quadruple Star System

The Inner Life of Quarks by Don Lincoln, Adjunct Professor of Physics

October 18, 2012 • Categories: News

The cover article of the November issue of Scientific American, "The Inner Life of Quarks," was written by Adjunct Professor of Physics Donald Lincoln. Dr. Lincoln is a research at FermiLab.

Exerpted from the Scientific American

Notre Dame researcher helps make Sudoku puzzles less puzzling

October 12, 2012 • Categories: News


For anyone who has ever struggled while attempting to solve a Sudoku puzzle, University of Notre Dame complex networks researcher Zoltan Toroczkai and Notre Dame postdoctoral researcher Maria Ercsey-Ravasz

Notre Dame student contributes to Higgs discovery

October 11, 2012 • Categories: News


Doug Berry is a sixth-year graduate student in high energy physics working with Professor Colin Jessop and Research Professor Nancy Marinelli at the University of Notre Dame. He is completing his dissertation on the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson at the European Particle Physics laboratory (CERN). He has been based at CERN for the past three years working on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment focussing on the commissioning and operation of the Electromagnetic calorimeter and using this device to search for the Higgs Boson.…

Undergraduate alumni feature: Jeff Drocco, '04

October 10, 2012 • Categories: News

Jeff Drocco, '04, is a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His affiliation with LANL began early: as an undergraduate, he joined a collaboration between Notre Dame physics professor Boldizsar Janko and LANL scientists Cynthia Olson Reichhardt and Charles Reichhardt, working on computational studies of vortices and granular matter.…

Celebrate Science Indiana

October 09, 2012 • Categories: News





On Saturday, October 6, the Notre Dame College of Science and Department of Physics was well-represented at the second annual Celebrate Science Indiana (CSI). CSI was a public event held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds intended to demonstrate the importance of studying science and the joy of discovery, the economic value of science, and its significance to society. The event provided an opportunity for individuals to conduct hands-on activities, interact with scientists, explore opportunities, and ask questions about educational and professional possibilities in STEM areas.

Faculty retirees gather

October 05, 2012 • Categories: News


Department of Physics retired elementary particle and nucular physics experimentalists gather monthly for brunch. This group photo was taken at the May 2012 gathering.

Pictured from left to right are: Paul Chagnon, Paul Kenney, Emerson Funk, Bill Schephard, John Mihelich, and Ed Berners. All are still local except for Prof. Mihelich who recently relocated to Fort Collins, Colorado.…

Ruggiero and Tanner part of team that receives EPA award to combat invasive species

October 04, 2012 • Categories: News


The University of Notre Dame has received a $599,931 Environmental Protection Agency grant under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to develop technologies for the early detection of invasive species using environmental DNA

Fall star party deemed a success

October 02, 2012 • Categories: News


The Fall 2012 star party was held on Monday, September 24. Over 450 participants attended, including students, faculty, and the general public. 

The 11-inch Cassegrain telescope with a CCD camera and four 8-inch Cassegrain telescopes from the JHS Observatory were set up by the Clark Memorial Fountain. The first participants to arrive were treated to exceptional views of the first quarter Moon. As the darkness grew deeper we could observe a few nebulae and globular clusters. The first 400 to look through the telescope received a commerative t-shirt and treated to Krispy Kreme doughnuts; these items were provided by the Dean’s Office of the College of Science. It was a truly memorable time for all in attendance.…

ND physicists collaborate to create a novel nanostructure that reveals a long-sought particle

October 01, 2012 • Categories: News

Two Notre Dame physicists, Xinyu Liu and Jacek Furdyna, collaborated with Purdue physicist Leonid Rokhinson on constructing a novel nanostructure that allowed them to observe a long-sought-after particle referred to as Majorana fermion.  The existence of this particle has been predicted by Ettore Majorana1