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Garg appointed Honorary Guest Professor at Peking University

June 13, 2018 • Categories: News

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Professor Umesh Garg has been reappointed as an Honorary Guest Professor in the Physics Department at Peking University through January 2020. This honor is bestowed by the President of PKU on academics of very high international repute who have significant connections with the University. Garg

Designing a better superconductor

June 12, 2018 • Categories: News

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Tiny tornadoes of supercurrent affect the way superconductors carry a current. But a magnet-controlled “switch” in superconductor configuration provides unprecedented flexibility in managing the location of vortex filaments, altering the properties of the superconductor. A new system discovered by Notre Dame physicist Boldizsár Jankó and collaborators will enable ongoing adjustments, altering the material’s properties over time.

Breakthrough discovery links two of the heaviest known particles

June 07, 2018 • Categories: News

Several physicists from the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Physics were named as contributors to the discovery, and were aided by researchers at Notre Dame’s Center for Research Computing and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Milky Way hosts stars with fingerprints of first stars in universe

June 06, 2018 • Categories: News

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The atmospheres of thousands of nearby stars exhibit telltale fingerprints of the first massive stars of the universe, which exploded only a few million years after they were born. “They are rare, precious probes," said Timothy Beers, professor and Notre Dame Chair in Astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame, who presented a briefing about his study of these stars during the American Astronomical Society meeting in Denver.

Congratulations to the class of 2018

June 05, 2018 • Categories: News

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The Department of Physics is proud to announce our class of 2018. They received their Bachelor of Science degrees at a ceremony on Sunday, May 20 held in the Jordan Hall of Science.

  • Connor Bagwell
  • Levi Biasco
  • John Charters
  • Daniel Childers
  • Spencer Clark
  • Keegan Collins
  • Callaghan Commers

Fluid dynamics may play key role in evolution of cooperation

May 23, 2018 • Categories: News

In a new study, physicists at the University of Notre Dame examined how the mechanical properties of an environment may shape the social evolution of microbial populations.

Senior Science students honored at Dean's Awards Luncheon

May 23, 2018 • Categories: News

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On Friday, May 18, 2018, more than 50 seniors were honored during The Dean’s Awards luncheon held in the Jordan Hall of Science Galleria.

Staff celebrate 25 years of service at Notre Dame

May 22, 2018 • Categories: News

On Monday, May 21, three Department of Physics staff members were honored at the Service Recognition and Presidential Awards Dinner. Notre Dame staff reaching service milestones of at least ten years celebrate with their supervisors and various administration including Fr. John Jenkins, President, John Affleck Graves, Executive Vice President, and Bob McQuade, Vice President for Human Resources, and members of the President's Leadership Council.…

All are welcome to attend the 2018 STEM event during Reunion week

May 16, 2018 • Categories: News


The College of Engineering, College of Science, and Notre Dame Research are jointly celebrating the Alumni Association’s Annual Reunion with an event on Friday, June 1, 2018. The festivities will be held in the new McCourtney Hall and will feature fun STEM themed food, drinks, and participatory activities.  

Sensharma selected for LASER program

May 10, 2018 • Categories: News

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Nirupama Sensharma has been selected to be in the Leadership Advancing Socially Engaged Research (LASER) program for academic year 2018-19. LASER

Garg receives 2018 Faculty Award

May 08, 2018 • Categories: News

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The Notre Dame Faculty Award for 2018 has been bestowed upon Prof. Umesh Garg. This well-deserved honor marks the first recipient of this award from the Department of Physics. Garg joined Notre Dame in 1982, and is an experimental nuclear physicist. His research interests include experimental investigation of compressional-mode giant resonances and exotic quantal rotation in nuclei. Garg, a fellow of the American Physical Society, has been the recipient of multiple university and research awards during his career, and has served on a lengthy list of committees. He has been the Director of the NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program in Physics since 2000.…

Memories of a young Stephen Hawking

May 07, 2018 • Categories: News

Brief memories of a young Stephen Hawking
By H. Gordon Berry, professor emeritus, physics

I first met Stephen Hawking during the final experimental part of the entrance exam to University College, Oxford in March 1959. Only students who had done well on the written part took the experimental part.

The experiment involved dropping ball bearings of different diameters down a long glass tube filled with oil, timing them as a function of the distance as they fell. I suppose we then graphed the variables to see if the balls obeyed Stokes’ law. Lots of “professors” came around inundating two of us with questions: myself and a fellow at the next lab table. I later discovered that he was Stephen Hawking.…

Crepp receives National Guard’s Patriot Award

May 07, 2018 • Categories: News

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Prof. Justin Crepp, Department of Physics, has been recognized with a Patriot Award from the National Guard of the United States. He was nominated by Randy Hamper, a staff engineer within Notre Dame’s Engineering and Design Core Facility (EDCF), which is overseen by Prof. Crepp. The award is given in honor of the support provided to a service member and his or her family.…

Physics graduate students receive 2018 Center for Research Computing (CRC) Award for Computational Sciences and Visualization

May 04, 2018 • Categories: News

The Department of Physics is proud to announce that two graduate students have been recognized with a 2018 Center for Research Computing (CRC) Award for Computational Sciences and Visualization, James Kapaldo and Anna McCoy. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in the areas of computational sciences and visualization. Such contributions may include, but are not limited to: 1) applications of high performance computation and/or visualization technology; 2) development of algorithms, codes, software environments or other tools for better using high performance computing and/or visualization.

2018 Research & Dissertation Awards announced

May 02, 2018 • Categories: News

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Each year, the department recognizes a PhD student with the Research & Dissertation Award. In 2018, there are two recipients.

Edward Lamere is being recognized for his thesis "Proton induced reactions on molybdenum: Implications for medical 99mTc production", under the direction of Prof. Manoel Couder

Physics graduate students receive 2018 Kaneb Center Awards

May 01, 2018 • Categories: News

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Physics graduate students Sarah Dietz, Kevin Howard, and Trevor Sprouse are the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. This award was created in 1999 to recognize graduate student instructors and TAs who demonstrate commitment to exceptional teaching in lectures, seminars, labs, and across the academic profession. The Graduate School and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning present the award annually to TAs that are nominated by their departments. There were fourteen awards given to TAs in the College of Science. The award consists of a certificate from the Kaneb Center and Graduate School, a letter documenting the award for the graduate student’s file, a $100 honorarium, and an invitation to a formal dinner hosted by the Kaneb Center and the Graduate School held in April.…

2018 Undergraduate Student Physics Awards

April 30, 2018 • Categories: News

Outstanding Senior Physics Major Award

  • Elizabeth Wildenhain

The Outstanding Senior Physics Major award is given in recognition of academic performance, contributions to the major, and potential for future success.

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award

  • Kaitlin Salyer

The Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award recognizes a student’s contributions to research within the Physics Department and his/her potential for future success.…

Physics majors inducted to Sigma Pi Sigma honor society

April 27, 2018 • Categories: News

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The Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame inducted 13 undergraduate physics majors and one faculty member into Sigma Pi Sigma on Friday, April 27. Professor Manoel Couder, faculty advisor of the Society of Physics Students, and Professor Peter Garnavich, Department Chair, presented the inductees with their honor cords and pins.…

Notre Dame Day April 22

April 20, 2018 • Categories: News

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The fifth annual Notre Dame Day begins on Sunday, April 22 at 6:42pm. It is a 29-hour live streaming broadcast, social media engagement and on-campus events inspiring the entire Notre Dame family to give back to the area(s) of the University they love most, all while celebrating the best campus in the world! The broadcast will showcase compelling stories of the good works being done by Notre Dame Alumni, Students, Family, and Friends.…

Notre Dame Physics joins the American Physical Society Bridge Program

April 05, 2018 • Categories: News

The Notre Dame Department of Physics is proud to announce that it has joined the American Physical Society Bridge Program. The Bridge Program is an effort to increase the number of physics PhDs awarded to underrepresented minority (URM) students.


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Senior physics major Michael Foley receives NSF GRFP fellowship

April 04, 2018 • Categories: News

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Michael Foley has been selected to receive a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. The fellowship provides a five-year stipend for Foley to attend graduate school. He will pursue a PhD in astrophysics at Harvard University. At Notre Dame, he is a senior physics (astrophysics concentration) and math major and a Glynn Family Honors Program minor. He has been mentored by Profs. Peter Garnavich

Fast but furious: New type of supernova may have “burped” before exploding

March 26, 2018 • Categories: News

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Now you see it, now you don't. Notre Dame astrophysicist Peter Garnavich collaborated on a new study that describes the most extreme known example of a "fast-evolving luminous transient" (FELT) supernova.

Hubble solves cosmic 'Whodunit' with interstellar forensics, Notre Dame researchers collaborate

March 22, 2018 • Categories: News

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This is an important case study of how gas enters galaxies and fuels star birth. Astronomers use simulations and try to understand the inflow of gas in other galaxies. But here, the gas is being caught red-handed as it moves across the Milky Way’s disk. Sometime in the future, planets and solar systems in our galaxy may be born out of material that used to be part of the Small Magellanic Cloud.


Caprio to serve as Associate Editor for European Physical Journal A

March 19, 2018 • Categories: News


Professor Mark Caprio has been selected to serve as an Associate Editor, in the area of Nuclear Theory, for the European Physical Journal A: Hadrons and Nuclei. This is the European Physical Society journal for nuclear physics, which was established as the successor to several European national journals, including Zeitschrift fuer Physik A and Il Nuovo Cimento A. Caprio will serve a three-year term on the editorial board.…

Physics student creates computer model to study magnetic tornadoes in superconductors

March 16, 2018 • Categories: News

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Junior Maciej Olszewski, a physics and honors mathematics major, was the lead author on a paper published in New Journal of Physics on Feb. 5. The work was based on computer simulation, which describes the ways superconducting vortices interact.

Justin Crepp selected for National Academy of Sciences committee on exoplanets

February 26, 2018 • Categories: News

Crepp is one of 14 committee members, a select group of experts in the field, tasked with identifying priorities within the field they believe should be addressed within the next decade.

Physics professor strengthens Notre Dame-Colima relationship

January 26, 2018 • Categories: News


Antonio Delgado, a physics professor at the University of Notre Dame, visited the University of Colima in early January to promote particle physics and encourage collaboration between Notre Dame and Colima.

Wiescher receives AAS Laboratory Astrophysics Prize

January 18, 2018 • Categories: News

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Every year, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Laboratory Astrophysics Division awards a prize to an individual who has made significant contributions to laboratory astrophysics over the course of his or her career. The 2018 award went to Michael Wiescher, the Freimann Professor of Physics. He was recognized for his significant contributions to the experimental foundation of nuclear astrophysics, as well as his research that closes the gap between experiment and theory in the field.     

Physicist awarded $1.4M to continue work at CERN

January 10, 2018 • Categories: News

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University of Notre Dame physicist Mitchell Wayne was awarded $1.4 million for continued work on the Phase I upgrade of the Compact Muon Solenoid Detector at the Large Hadron Collider at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

Astrophysicist Beers collaborates on article about formation of heaviest elements in universe

January 04, 2018 • Categories: News

Notre Dame Chair in Astrophysics Timothy C. Beers collaborated with Anna Frebel, associate professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on a review article about the formation of the heaviest elements in the universe.