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Faculty named AAAS fellows

November 30, 2012 • Categories: News

Three Department of Physics faculty have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Honorees are Professors Stefan Frauendorf

Notre Dame researchers to lead new science data preservation effort

November 28, 2012 • Categories: News


One of the emerging, and soon to be defining, characteristics of science research is the collection, usage and storage of immense amounts of data. In fields as diverse as medicine, astronomy and economics, large data sets are becoming the foundation for new scientific advances.…

Jankó named advisory board member of Physica C

November 27, 2012 • Categories: News


Boldizsár Jankó, professor of physics and director of the Institute for Theoretical Sciences, has accepted an invitation to serve on the advisory board of Physica C: Superconductivity and its Applications

Faculty named 2012 American Physical Society fellows

November 20, 2012 • Categories: News


Two Department of Physics faculty members have been named 2012 APS fellows: Prof. Bruce Bunker and Prof. Zoltan Toroczkai.

Bunker has been a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1983, and served as department chair from 1998-2006. His research interests lie in the use of x-rays and electrons for probing the structure of solids, liquids, surfaces, and interfaces. Specifically, his group is involved with using x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and x-ray scattering to study the structure of random semiconductor alloys, solid-solid and solid-liquid interfaces, two-dimensional phase transitions at surfaces and interfaces, and structure of liquids, and systems of environmental interest. He currently serves as Chair of the Executive Committee of the International X-ray Absorption Society. He was recognized by the APS “For contributions to the development of X-ray absorption spectroscopy and applications to complex nanoscale materials.”…

SPS group tours Argonne National Laboratory

November 15, 2012 • Categories: News




On Wednesday, November 14, a group of undergraduate student members of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) visited the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) outside of Chicago. While there, they toured a variety of areas of the lab.…

Notre Dame represented at the 2012 Quadrennial Physics Congress in Florida

November 07, 2012 • Categories: News

Notre Dame’s Department of Physics will be represented at PhysCon, the 2012 Quadrennial Physics Congress, by Prof. Sylwia Ptasinska and Graduate Student Sarah Reiff. PhysCon is hosted by Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society. It is November 8-10 in Orlando, Florida.

Prof. Ptasinska and Ms. Reiff will be available to answer student’s questions about the physics graduate program at Notre Dame.…

Notre Dame researchers probe origins of the universe

November 02, 2012 • Categories: News


Using a new $4 million particle accelerator, University of Notre Dame researchers are probing the mysteries of the universe.

"We're focusing on the origin of the elements in the universe," physics professor Michael Wiescher said.

The 5MV vertical high-beam intensity accelerator was installed on campus this year. It's housed in a 40-foot-tall tower above the Nuclear Science Laboratory in Nieuwland Science Hall. Funding for the accelerator came from a $4 million National Science Foundation grant, with the university funding an additional $4 million to build the space to contain the device.