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Peaslee is ambassador for 'Dark Waters' film

December 16, 2019 • Categories: News

Article appeared in the Sunday, December 15 issue of the South Bend Tribune.

Rob Bilott received a call from a farmer in Parkersburg, W.Va., more than 20 years ago who said his cows were dying at an alarming rate. A corporate attorney for a large law firm in Cincinnati, Bilott took on the case as a favor to a family friend, but as he continued to investigate, he realized the problem was much more serious than he’d anticipated.…

Notre Dame's infrastructure for machine learning to be expanded

November 20, 2019 • Categories: News

The University of Notre Dame is bolstering cyberinfrastructure that will support greater access to machine learning. Four professors in the College of Science were awarded a two-year grant through the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will establish the creation of a pool of new computer nodes dedicated to providing researchers with new high performance technology for quicker speeds.

PFAS researcher to answer audience questions after screening of 'Dark Waters'

November 14, 2019 • Categories: News

Graham Peaslee

Notre Dame researcher Graham Peaslee will attend the screening and will be available to answer questions about PFAS and his research following the film.

Earlier application deadline announced for PhD program

October 25, 2019 • Categories: News

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Notre Dame Physics has announced that the application deadline for its PhD program is now December 15. This is one month earlier than previous years, which allows the committee to make admissions offers much sooner. Professor Morten Eskildsen serves as the Chair of the Graduate Admissions Committee. Find more information on ND’s physics PhD program, and how to apply, at

Collaborative study of Milky Way shows unexplained surplus of incoming gas

October 11, 2019 • Categories: News

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Nicolas Lehner, astrophysics research professor in the Department of Physics at Notre Dame, is a co-author of a paper published today in The Astrophysical Journal. Lehner and his collaborators, studying existing data from the Hubble telescope

Fighting to Protect the Brave: Prof. Graham Peaslee

October 11, 2019 • Categories: News

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Professor Graham Peaslee of the University of Notre Dame Department of Physics is featured on the newest "What Would You Fight For?" video. The University of Notre Dame’s award-winning “What Would You Fight For?” series showcases the work, scholarly achievements, and global impact of Notre Dame faculty, students, and alumni. These two-minute segments, each originally aired during a home football game broadcast on NBC, highlight the University’s proud moniker, the Fighting Irish, and tell the stories of the members of the Notre Dame family who fight to bring solutions to a world in need.…

Holmbeck wins award at the Nuclear Physics in Astrophysics Conference (NPA-IX)

October 07, 2019 • Categories: News

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Erika Holmbeck, fifth-year graduate student in the Theoretical Nuclear Astrophysics and Galactic Archaeology groups of Professors Rebecca Surman and Timothy Beers, won the “Best Poster Award” for her work on Characterizing r-Process Sites Through Actinide Production

iLocater achieves first light, giving scientists clearer picture of nearby planets

September 10, 2019 • Categories: News

After successfully achieving “first light,” capturing a beam of starlight filtered through the telescope’s adaptive optics system, the team discovered what was thought to be a singular star was actually a previously unidentified binary star system.

Nuclear Science Laboratory researchers publish article on the surface manipulation techniques of Roman denarii

August 28, 2019 • Categories: News

Roman Coins

A team of researchers and undergraduate students at Nuclear Science Laboratory, Department of Physics at Notre Dame, published an article in the Applied Surface Science journal on the characterization of a set of Roman denarii, ranging from 136 BCE to 240 CE. The work presents results of macro, micro, and nanoscale surface characterization of coins using several different X-ray based spectroscopic and electron microscopy methods. This enabled the surface, the subsurface, and volume composition of these coins to be probed to better understand their production techniques, surface treatment methods, and corrosion patterns. The results also provide evidence that a particular surface treatment method, amalgam silvering, had been used to make authentic Roman coins as early as the third century CE.…

Notre Dame and McGill University co-organize SMI-2019

August 26, 2019 • Categories: News

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Professor Maxime Brodeur, Janet Weikel from the Nuclear Science Laboratory of the University of Notre Dame, and Professor Thomas Brunner from McGill University co-organized the 13th International Conference on the Stopping and Manipulation of Ions (SMI

Garg receives Guest Professor appointment from Xi'an Jiaotong University

August 22, 2019 • Categories: News

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Professor. Umesh Garg has been appointed as a Guest Professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China. The certificate of appointment was presented to Prof. Garg at a special ceremony at XJTU in July 2019.

Xi’an Jiaotong University is one of the national TOP-9 universities under the direct jurisdiction of the State Education Ministry of China. The university was founded in Shanghai in 1896. In 1956, main part of the university was moved to Xi'an, and renamed Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU). As one of the first batch universities in China, XJTU was supported by the central government in the seventh and eighth five-year plans, as well as China's “Project 211” and “Project 985” to develop into a world-class university. Now, XJTU is on the List of World-class Universities and First-class Disciplines released in 2017 by the Ministry of Education of China.…

Peeking at the Universe through a Window Deep Underground: CASPAR receives $750,000 from NSF

August 20, 2019 • Categories: News

Caspar Team

A team of faculty from the Nuclear Science Laboratory, Daniel Robertson, Manoel Couder, Anna Simon and Joachim Goerres, led by Michael Wiescher received 4-year support from the NSF to continue measurements at the underground accelerator facility investigating reactions important for the stellar nucleosynthesis processes.

Physics doctoral student receives NASA grant to study galaxy evolution

August 14, 2019 • Categories: News

Michelle Berg

The third time was the charm to receive a highly competitive grant for Michelle Berg, a doctoral student in astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame, who this year landed a NASA grant to study the role of gas in shaping galaxies.

Peaslee named a fellow of the American Chemical Society

August 09, 2019 • Categories: News


Graham Peaslee

Graham Peaslee, professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

Assaf and Liu are recipients of NDnano seed grants to support sustainable energy, material, and new tech research

August 08, 2019 • Categories: News


Seven faculty members from the University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering and College of Science have been awarded three grants through the NDnano Seed Grant Program.

Crass selected for NASA/NSA exoplanet working group

August 05, 2019 • Categories: News

Jonathan Crass

Jonathan Crass, research assistant professor in the Department of Physics, has been selected to serve as a member of a NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative that will make recommendations to advance the search for earth-like planets that orbit other suns.

Aprahamian gives plenary talk at the 27th International Nuclear Physics Conference

August 05, 2019 • Categories: News

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Freimann Professor Ani Aprahamian gave a plenary talk at the 27th International Nuclear Physics Conference held in Glasgow (July 29-August 2, 2019). Her talk was titled "Explosive scenarios in astrophysics: Observations, models, and nuclear physics inputs".…

Sustainable Energy for All event aims to overcome energy accessibility, affordability and reliability

August 02, 2019 • Categories: News

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Abigail Mechtenberg, assistant teaching professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame and international sustainable development researcher at Notre Dame Energy, was one of 100 researchers, experts, and global leaders invited to participate in the SEforALL Charrettes, which are meetings of stakeholders to develop sustainability-related solutions. 

Notre Dame physicist launches operations of cyclotron in Armenia

July 18, 2019 • Categories: News


Notre Dame physicist Ani Aprahamian holds deep feelings for Armenia. Her grandparents were survivors of the Armenian genocide, and her parents were born in refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon. So knowing that Armenia continuously ranks the highest in mortality rates per capita of six major types of cancers, she wanted to do what she could to solve the problem.

Notre Dame student research aims to address wealth, health, and energy disparities

July 02, 2019 • Categories: News

At the University of Notre Dame, the Energy and Sustainable Development with Design Research Lab looks at different ways to empower people from developing countries. Undergraduate students in the lab focus their research efforts on overcoming unreliable energy challenges, empowering sustainable development, and ethical commitments to equality through co-publishing and funding

Bardayan and Couder lecture at the 2019 Exotic Beam Summer School at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

July 01, 2019 • Categories: News

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Physics professors Dan Bardayan and Manoel Couder were lecturers at the 2019 Exotic Beam Summer School, which took place on the campus of Oak Ridge National Laboratory from June 24-29, 2019. The aim of this annual school is to introduce students and young researchers to the various facets of the science of exotic nuclei including nuclear structure, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and the application of nuclear science and technology. Bardayan lectured on "Nuclear Astrophysics Experiments", and Couder lectured on "Beam Optics". Both are researchers in the nuclear science laboratory in the Department of Physics.…

Research into laser cooling of semiconductors should continue, study finds

June 27, 2019 • Categories: News

Janko Kuno

New research led by a team of scientists at the University of Notre Dame has called into question the validity of of a past study suggesting semiconductors cannot be cooled optically with lasers, and suggests that the elusive quest to cool a semiconductor using lasers should continue.

Garg to receive BITS Pilani Distinguished Alumni Award

June 26, 2019 • Categories: News

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Professor Umesh Garg has been selected as the recipient of the BITS Pilani Distinguished Alumnus Award – 2019. The award will be conferred at a special convocation to be held on July 21.

Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani (BITS) is a private institute of higher education and a deemed university. The institute is one among the six Indian 'Institutes of Eminence' recognized by the Government of India in 2018. It has four campuses and focuses primarily on higher education in engineering and sciences and on its management program. Its history, influence, wealth and endowments have made it one of India's most prestigious universities.…

If there are large planets circling other stars, Chilcote aims to find them

June 24, 2019 • Categories: News

Jeff Chilcote

Astrophysicist Jeffrey Chilcote built an astronomical observatory on the campus of his high school with three other seniors in 2004, and used the observatory to photograph moon craters and study the planets. His curiosity about astronomy, and planets in particular, never waned.

REU Physics Olympics hosted at ND

June 21, 2019 • Categories: News

The annual Physics Olympics event was hosted by the Notre Dame Department of Physics and the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program on Wednesday, June 12. Rising juniors and seniors in the REU programs at Notre Dame, Purdue, and Michigan State participated in the event, though students in those three programs represent undergraduate institutions from all over the country. Overseeing the event were Umesh Garg

Aprahamian serves as keynote speaker at American University of Armenia graduate ceremony

June 21, 2019 • Categories: News

Aprahamian Aua Story

The University of Notre Dame Freimann Professor of Physics Ani Aprahamian was the  keynote speaker for the graduate commencement ceremony at the American University of Armenia (AUA) on June 8, 2019 in Yerevan, Armenia. Aprahamian is also Director of the A. Alikhanyan National Laboratory (AANL) of Armenia. She congratulated the graduates on the special occasion and encouraged them to join the group of young scientists at the AANL (formerly Yerevan Physics Institute, YerPhI) to reshape the institution as an important player in the transformation of Armenia and science.…

Aprahamian serves on jury of international youth conference

June 10, 2019 • Categories: News

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Freimann Professor Ani Aprahamian served as a juror at a regular regional stage of the international youth conference “Falling Walls Lab” that was held in the JINR Visit Centre, Dubna, Russia. The project was launched in Germany and was called in memory of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Its aim is to provide international communication, an opportunity for the youth to present their ideas, scientific concepts, or to propose brand-new ways of solving problems in all spheres of human activities. A presentation should not exceed the time limit of three minutes and should consist of three slides. Winners of regional stages are given a chance to present their projects to the international jury in Berlin.…

Aprahamian gives invited talk at JINR event in Dubna

June 04, 2019 • Categories: News

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Freimann Professor Ani Aprahamian was invited to talk at the International Symposium “The present and the future of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements” in Dubna, Russia. The symposium was organized by Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in the context of celebrations of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. The event was dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the periodic law and the development of the periodic table of chemical elements by a Russian scientist Dmitry Mendeleev.…

Hildreth appointed to national high energy physics advisory panel

June 03, 2019 • Categories: News

Mike Hildreth, Associate Dean

Michael Hildreth, professor of physics and associate dean for research and graduate studies, has been appointed to the national High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP). HEPAP advises the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) on policies for the support of High Energy Physics. Hildreth will serve a 3-year term. 

Faculty promotions, service recognition, and retirements

May 28, 2019 • Categories: News

On May 22, University of Notre Dame Provost Tom Burish announced the regular faculty who have recently earned the distinction of being promoted, awarded tenure or recognized as emerita or emeritus.  

In the Department of Physics, the following faculty were recognized:…