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God’s energy yesterday, today and tomorrow: using gravity to power Africa

September 29, 2016 • Categories: News

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A common issue with the world of science is how much can we separate science from religion and spirituality. Professor Abigail Mechtenberg of the Department of Physics and the Center for Sustainable Energy, believes that the way we look at spirituality and its relationship to science, affects the solutions we obtain from science. She argues that energy today is based on our social constructs and as a result, we can’t ignore them. Mechtenberg’s own spirituality led her to use her passion for physics to make a positive impact on the world.

In memoriam: physicist Barry Baumbaugh

September 26, 2016 • Categories: News

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Barry Baumbaugh, professional specialist, who joined Notre Dame’s High Energy Physics Group in 1978 as an electrical engineer and played key roles in the design and construction of generations of high-energy experiments, died on Sept. 21. He was 62.

Jay LaVerne joins U.S. Department of Energy “dream team” to aid in nuclear waste cleanup

September 23, 2016 • Categories: News

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ND Energy affiliated faculty member, Jay LaVerne, professional specialist and concurrent professor of radiation physics, has joined a “dream team” of experts to study the chemical reactions that cause nuclear waste to change over time, with the goal of identifying safe, permanent storage for the radioactive material. The nuclear waste is left over from the Manhattan Project, a research and development project that produced the first nuclear weapons during World War II.

Notre Dame high energy physics group receives $2.77 million NSF grant

September 19, 2016 • Categories: News

High Energy Physics Group: Mitch Wayne, Kevin Lannon, Colin Jessup, Randy Ruchti, And Mike Hildreth

The high energy physics group at Notre Dame recently received a 3-year award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support their research with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. This new award began September 1, 2016, and will total $2.77 million for three years. The award represents a 15 percent increase over the group’s previous 3-year award of $2.4 million.

Powering and empowering Tanzania with gravity lights

September 08, 2016 • Categories: News

Luke Maillie Working On His Gravity Light Project In Tanzania

In the summer of 2015, the unimaginable challenges that arise when power is suddenly lost mid-surgery in a rural Tanzanian hospital became a stark and all too familiar reality for Notre Dame physics-in-medicine major Luke Maillie. The desperate need, shared by an entire community, to find a low-cost, backup source of electricity during these power blackouts stuck with Maillie long after he left Tanzania to return to Notre Dame.

Detailed age map shows how Milky Way came together

September 07, 2016 • Categories: News

Age structure of the Milky Way’s halo

Using colors to identify the approximate ages of more than 130,000 stars in the Milky Way’s halo, University of Notre Dame astronomers have produced the clearest picture yet of how the galaxy formed more than 13.5 billion years ago.

Notre Dame researchers find transition point in semiconductor nanomaterials

September 02, 2016 • Categories: News

Boldizsar Janko, left, Rusha Chatterjee and Masaru Kuno stand in the Kuno lab at Notre Dame

Collaborative research at the University of Notre Dame has demonstrated that electronic interactions play a significant role in the dimensional crossover of semiconductor nanomaterials. The laboratory of Masaru Kuno, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and the condensed matter theory group of Boldizsár Jankó, professor of physics, have now shown that a critical length scale marks the transition between a zero-dimensional, quantum dot and a one-dimensional nanowire.