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Barger joins Notre Dame on prestigious NSF postdoctoral fellowship

August 31, 2012 • Categories: News


Dr. Kathleen Barger has joined Notre Dame’s Department of Physics on a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship. A recent Ph.D. graduate of the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Astronomy, Dr. Barger will explore the role gas in and around galaxies plays in galaxy evolution in collaboration with Professors Nicolas Lehner and J. Christopher Howk. …

Department welcomes new faculty

August 30, 2012 • Categories: News

The Department of Physics welcomes two new faculty members this fall. Justin R. Crepp and Kenjiro K. Gomes have each been appointed as Freimann Assistant Professors of Physics.


Crepp comes to Notre Dame from the California Institute of Technology. He completed his PhD in 2008 at the University of Florida. His research involves developing new technologies and observational techniques to detect faint substellar companions that orbit nearby stars. Specifically, he designs and builds instruments that operate at visible and near-infrared wavelengths to directly image and study brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets. He also uses the Doppler method to measure the radial velocity "wobble" of stars as they gravitationally interact with their planets. In the lab, he is working on a new instrument called "iLocater". The I

Senior Kevin McDermott spends the summer at CERN

August 29, 2012 • Categories: News


Kevin McDermott, a senior physics major at the University of Notre Dame, recently returned from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he spent nine weeks as a summer researcher. CERN is home to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), most powerful particle accelerator in the world. McDermott was one of 10 students selected from the United States to work at CERN for the summer.…

Underground accelerator laboratory funding obtained

August 27, 2012 • Categories: News


The Nuclear Physics group has received a one year $1.6 Million grant from the National Science Foundation for continuing research and development of the first US based underground accelerator laboratory, the Dual Ion Accelerator for Nuclear Astrophysics, DIANA. This grant will allow the group to finalize the design and provide a budget baseline for the final NSF decision on funding and construction of the facility. Notre Dame is the lead institution of the DIANA project; other participating institutions are Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, The Colorado School of Mines, Michigan State University, the University of North Carolina, and Western Michigan University. The figure shows an artist conception of the facility as presently planned, consisting of two high intensity low energy accelerators. The low energy machine is a Cockroft Walton type providing milli-Ampere beams up to 400keV and the second one machine is a vertical Pelletron type accelerator generating beams with energies up to 3MeV.…

Physics Tracks newsletter

August 23, 2012 • Categories: News


The August 2012 edition of the Physics Tracks newsletter has been completed. Stories in this issue include highlights from 2012 Commencement in May, faculty promotions and honors, PhD alumni news, and graduate student honors.…

Bunker elected as Chair of International X-ray Absorption Society

August 15, 2012 • Categories: News


Bruce Bunker, Professor in the Department of Physics, has been elected to a three-year term as Chair of the International X-ray Absorption Society (IXAS). IXAS is an international scientific organization representing all those working on the fine structure associated with inner shell excitation (near edge and extended) by various probes (e.g. x-rays and electrons), and related techniques, and currently has over 1000 members. The purpose of the IXAS is to oversee activities which benefit the community as a whole, to establish operational committees, to provide for education in the field, to disseminate relevant information, to work with other related regional, national and professional organizations in promoting and developing XAS and related disciplines, and to act as representative for the community to other professional organizations.…

Collon named Kaneb Faculty Fellow

August 14, 2012 • Categories: News


Prof. Philippe Collon has been named a 2012-13 Kaneb Faculty Fellow. Each year, the Kaneb Center names faculty fellows in recognition of their records of teaching excellence. Kaneb Faculty Fellows share their teaching abilities and experiences through workshops, discussion groups, research, and individual consultation.…

New ion beam research provides links to past

August 13, 2012 • Categories: News

SOUTH BEND -- From discovering the origins of early Native American pottery in Notre Dame's Snite Museum to analyzing the silver content of Roman coins, Notre Dame nuclear astrophysicists apply new research involving accelerated ion beams to real life in more ways than one and, in turn, uncover more about the area's local history.…

Strauss named fellow of the Krell Institute

August 13, 2012 • Categories: News


Recognizing an ever-increasing demand for scientists highly trained in areas of interest to stewardship science, the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration founded the Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) in 2006. Sabrina Strauss, a first-year Notre Dame graduate student, is one of this year's recipients. Strauss received her B.S. degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.…

Grant from Mexico boosts Notre Dame physics' ties with Mexican universities

August 09, 2012 • Categories: News

Prof. Antonio Delgado, Prof. Christopher Kolda, and Postdoctoral Research Associate Jorge de Blas Mateo have received a grant from the Mexican government that will strengthen ties between the University of Notre Dame and universities in Mexico. The grant, supporting research in models of particle physics relevant for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, involves Notre Dame, the University of Puebla and the University of Colima both in Mexico, and the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.…

Physics alumnus named APS Woman Physicist of the Month

August 09, 2012 • Categories: News


Marianna Safronova, who earned a Ph.D. in Physics at Notre Dame in 2001 and now serves as an associate professor at the University of Delaware, has been named the Woman Physicist of the Month

Woodard receives NSF graduate research fellowship

August 06, 2012 • Categories: News

Anna Woodard

Anna Woodard, a third-year graduate student in the Department of Physics, has received a three-year Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Woodard, who is doing research in high energy physics, collaborates with other Notre Dame students and faculty on the Compact Muon Spectrometer (CMS) team at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator in Switzerland.…