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Miguel Correa selected as a KITP Graduate Fellow

April 16, 2021 • Categories: News

Physics Graduate Student Miguel Correa has been selected as a KITP Graduate Fellow for Summer/Fall 2021. The purpose of the Graduate Fellowship Program is to offer a unique opportunity for a select group of physics doctoral students to participate in KITP research programs and broaden their pursuit of theoretical physics in areas of current research.…

Research shows chemically unique metal-poor stars across the Milky Way born in same smaller galaxies

April 15, 2021 • Categories: News

Some of the rarest of stars found in the halo of the Milky Way—stars enhanced by a set of reactions called the rapid neutron-capture process, or r-process—have a shared chemical history and were likely “born” in the same small parent galaxy, a recent study by University of Notre Dame researchers and collaborators has shown.

Physics graduate students receive 2021 Kaneb Awards

April 14, 2021 • Categories: News

Physics graduate students Kevin Lee (advised by Prof. Ani Aprahamian) and Sethupathy Subramanian (advised by Prof. Dinshaw Balasra) are the recipients of 2021 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Awards from the Kaneb Center. 

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. 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 event hosted by the Kaneb Center and the Graduate School.…

Wiescher publishes book on radioactivity

April 09, 2021 • Categories: News


Radioactivity: Origin and effects of a natural phenomenon, Volume I, has been recently published by Freimann Professor of Physics Michael Wiescher

Radioactivity is a frequently and hotly debated topic; the discussions usually revolve around the benefits and dangers of nuclear energy. The topic reaches further -- both in terms of natural occurrences and the many and the multiple applications of radioactivity.…

Holmbeck ​awarded prestigious Hubble Fellowship

March 31, 2021 • Categories: News

Erika Holmbeck '20 Ph.D. has been awarded the NASA Hubble Fellowship, a highly competitive fellowship renewable for up to three years that will allow her to continue her research on the origin of the universe’s heaviest elements.

Langford named 2021 Goldwater Scholar

March 29, 2021 • Categories: News


Andrew Langford has been named a 2021 Goldwater Scholar. Langford is an Honors track physics major with concentrations in astrophysics, applied physics, and advanced physics. He is a Class of 2022 CUSE Sorin Scholar and Lilly Endowment Community Foundation Scholar. Langford hails from Avon, Indiana, and resides in Zahm House on campus. …

Phillips appointed new assistant dean

March 24, 2021 • Categories: News

L. Arielle Phillips, research assistant professor in the Department of Physics, has been named assistant dean in the College of Science.

Orlando Gomez receives the 2021 Lamm Award

March 16, 2021 • Categories: News

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Orlando Gomez received the 2021 Larry O. Lamm Memorial Award in Nuclear Physics. The award is given annually to the graduate student deemed to have provided the most outstanding service and dedication to the Nuclear Science Laboratory. The award recognizes Orlando’s continued efforts in sustaining and driving forward CASPAR experimental campaigns, making experimentation possible during the trying times of the COVID pandemic.…

Nirupama Sensharma receives the 2021 Browne Award

March 15, 2021 • Categories: News

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Nirupama Sensharma received the 2021 Cornelius P. Browne Memorial Award in Nuclear Physics for her work on wobbling motion in gold nuclei and outstanding outreach effort through her project Nuclear Energy – The Better Energy

Garg appointed an Editor of Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics

March 08, 2021 • Categories: News

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Professor Umesh Garg has been appointed an Editor of Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics (PTEP), an international, fully open access, online-only journal published by the Physical Society of Japan.

PTEP is the successor to 

Researchers to prepare new varieties of metals under U.S. Army research contract

February 16, 2021 • Categories: News

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The Department of Army has awarded a three-year grant to researchers at the University of Notre Dame to develop techniques to prepare some metastable metals for use in extreme conditions.

Physics professor wins prestigious KITP Scholar Award

February 15, 2021 • Categories: News

Notre Dame adjunct associate professor of physics Lan Quynh Nguyen's passion for astronomy has earned her a Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) Scholar Award, which will allow her to pursue her research on dark matter and gravitational waves in the institute’s collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. 

Aprahamian reappointed to the U.S. Liaison Committee for the IUPAP

February 08, 2021 • Categories: News


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and their Policy and Global Affairs group, has reappointed Freimann Professor Ani Aprahamian as an ex-officio member of the U.S. Liaison Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). Her term is January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021. IUPAP representation in the USA is carried out by the Science Academies. The aims of IUPAP with 60 member countries are:…

Fields, who researches neutrinos, joins physics faculty

February 01, 2021 • Categories: News

Laura Fields, a new associate professor in the Department of Physics, is a former researcher at Fermilab National Laboratory and will continue many of her neutrino physics research projects while at the University of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame ranked among top 25 undergraduate physics programs

January 25, 2021 • Categories: News

The University of Notre Dame Department of Physics was named one of the 25 best undergraduate programs in physics for 2021 by Bachelor’s Degree Center.