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2014 Sigma Pi Sigma Induction

April 24, 2014 • Categories: News


The Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame inducted 13 undergraduate physics majors into Sigma Pi Sigma on Wednesday, April 23. Professor Peter Garnavich, faculty advisor of the Society of Physics Students, and Professor Chris Kolda, Department Chair, presented the inductees with their honor cords and pins.…

Hildreth named 2014 Shilts/Leonard Teaching Award Recipient

April 23, 2014 • Categories: News


Professor Mike Hildreth is the 2014 Shilts/Leonard Award recipient. The Shilts/Leonard award is the premier teaching award within the College of Science.

Prof. Hildreth is an experimental high energy physicist who joined the university in 2000. His primary physics interest is in discovering and understanding the mechanism or mechanisms responsible for Electroweak Symmetry Breaking. In 2010, Prof. Hildreth was honored with the Thomas P. Madden Award as the Outstanding First Year Instructor and in 2008 he received the Rev. Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.…

Law student observes cataclysmic variable with Krizmanich Telescope

April 23, 2014 • Categories: News


Colin Littlefield, a third-year law student at Notre Dame, has been one of several researchers testing the University’s brand new Sarah L. Krizmanich Telescope

Astronomers discover Earth-sized planet in habitable zone

April 17, 2014 • Categories: News

Kepler 186f artist concept

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University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Justin R. Crepp and researchers from NASA working with the Kepler space mission have detected an Earth-like planet orbiting the habitable zone of a cool star. The planet, which was found using the Kepler Space Telescope, has been identified as Kepler-186f and is 1.11 times the radius of the Earth. Their research, titled “An Earth-sized Planet in the Habitable Zone of a Cool Star,” will be published in the journal Science on Thursday (April 17).

QuarkNet program at ND featured in "International Innovation" articles

April 17, 2014 • Categories: News


In an upcoming issue of International Innovation, Educational Specialist Kenneth Cecire and Professor Mitch Wayne discuss the long-term benefits of making particle physics more accessible to a wider audience in, "Spreading the net" and "Feeling the pull of particle physics"

LoSecco named 2014 Fermi Scholar

April 16, 2014 • Categories: News


Professor John LoSecco has recently been named a 2014 Fermi Scholar. The goal of the Fermi Scholar Program is to include university based researchers into research and development roles at Fermilab. Professor LoSecco will use the award to work on the design of the lab's next generation neutrino beam.…

Graduate student Yihui Ren to attend HPC summer school

April 14, 2014 • Categories: News

Notre Dame physics graduate student Yihui Ren has been accepted to the International HPC Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences 2014. The school will be held in June at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Budapest, Hungary. All of Mr. Ren’s expenses are covered by this highly-competitive program. The summer school is sponsored by the European Union Seventh Framework Program’s Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe Implementation Phase project (PRACE-3IP), U.S. National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project, RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS), and Compute/Calcul Canada.…

GPS Spring Conference 2014

April 02, 2014 • Categories: News

The third annual Graduate Physics Students Spring Research Conference and juried poster competition for graduate students will be Monday, April 28, 2014. There will be prizes of $100$50 and $25 for the top three posters. Graduate student who would like to give a talk and/or poster please are asked to submit an abstract at:…

Physics researchers provide new insights into quantum dynamics and quantum chaos

April 02, 2014 • Categories: News

Boldizsar Janko

A team of researchers led by University of Notre Dame physicist Boldizsar Janko has announced analytical prediction and numerical verification of novel quantum rotor states in nanostructured superconductors.

The international collaborative team points out that the classical rotor, a macroscopic particle of mass confined to a ring, is one of the most studied systems in classical mechanics.