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• Lee Group's Work on Solar Cells Highlighted by DOE
Posted 2017-11-14 10:22:00
Twisting Molecule Wrings More Power from Solar Cells Inside a solar cell, sunlight excites electrons. But these electrons often don’t last long enough to go on to power cell phones or warm homes. In a promising new type of solar cell, the ... More >
• Alumnus Caplan Receives APS Dissertation Award
Posted 2017-10-30 11:12:00
UVa Physics Alumnus Matthew Caplan (B.S. 2013), now a Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University, has received the 2018 Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics from the American Physical Society.   ... More >
• Alumna Manning Receives Maria Goeppert Mayer Award
Posted 2017-10-26 17:37:00
UVa Physics Alumna M. Lisa Manning (B.S. 2002), now Associate Professor of Physics at the Syracuse University, has received the 2018 Maria Goeppert Mayer Award by the American Physical Society.   Citation: "for her use of computational and ... More >
• Stetzler Wins Major Scholarship
Posted 2017-10-23 10:54:47
From UVA Today: Steven Stetzler asks big questions, such as “What is the universe made of?” and “Why is the universe the way it is?” Stetzler, of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, a fourth-year physics and computer science major ... More >
• Cass gets Ultra-Cool
Posted 2017-10-23 10:49:45
From UVA Today: It is said that what goes up must come down. Thank gravity for that. But sometimes gravitational effects affect matter on Earth in ways that physicists would rather do without. So early next year NASA is launching to the ... More >
• Probing Matter with Attosecond Photo-Electron Wavepackets
Posted 2017-10-02 13:13:00
Electronic processes and electron-driven reactions in atoms, molecules and condensed systems can proceed very rapidly, with relevant time-scales in the attosecond (1 attosecond=10-18 s) regime. When activated by the photoabsorption of ... More >
• Fall 2017 Physics Newsletter
Posted 2017-09-20 11:28:00
The current edition of our departmental newsletter features profiles of three new faculty members (Jeffrey Teo, Gia-Wei Chern, and Marija Vucelja), and a tale spanning three generations of the Cabrera family.  You can read the newsletter here: ... More >
• Han wins Ig Nobel Prize
Posted 2017-09-17 12:03:52
Physics Major Jiwon "Jesse" Han has won a 2017 Ig Nobel Prize for his paper on "A Study on the Coffee Spilling Phenomena in the Low Impulse Regime": www.improbable.com/ig/winners/#ig2017 Jesse's (short) Ig Nobel ... More >
• Origin of Long Lifetime of Charge Carriers in Solar Cell Perovskites
Posted 2017-07-05 18:19:00
When sunlight shines on a semiconducting material, electrons in the material can be excited from their original states to higher energy states, forming photo-excited electrons and leaving empty states (called holes) in the original states. Usually the ... More >
• 2017-18 Deaver Scholarship Application Form for Physics Majors
Posted 2017-05-18 16:11:00
The Deaver Scholarships were established to honor Bascom S. Deaver, a retired physics department professor, and are awarded to students who have declared or are intending to pursue an undergraduate major in physics. They are competitive and awarded ... More >
• A novel quantum phase transition and super-entangled states
Posted 2017-05-18 14:36:01
One of the main quests of many-body physics and quantum information is to understand quantum phases and in particular the entanglement present in them. In this work, Zhao Zhang and Amr Ahmadain, working with Prof. Klich, have uncovered a novel quantum ... More >
• Chen wins Best Poster Award at MRS Spring Meeting
Posted 2017-05-18 10:18:23
Tianran Chen received the Symposium ES1 Best Poster Presentation Award at the 2017 MRS Spring Meeting.  The award was based upon technical content, graphica excellence, and presentation quality. For more see ... More >
• Wright wins IT Excellence Award
Posted 2017-05-11 14:00:00
Bryan Wright is one of three 2017 IT Excellence Award winners.  This well earned award recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding service in support of the Information Technology needs of their organization. For more, see ... More >
• Observing the Universe with Physics: National Physics Day 2017
Posted 2017-05-05 17:00:00
An article in UVaToday describes this year's annual National Physics Day Show, which was held on April 26.  From the article: “It’s a demo show designed to educate and entertain kids and the grownups who bring them,” ... More >
• Katya Gilbo Featured in UVaToday
Posted 2017-04-24 11:42:00
Physics major Katya Gilbo is featured in an article in this week's edition of UVaToday.  Katya says “nature is stuffed to the brim with dramatic processes, and we humans aren’t bystanders.” ... More >
• Andersen wins Goldwater Scholarship; Gupta gets Honorable Mention
Posted 2017-04-04 11:00:00
Bridget Andersen has won a 2017 Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering in America.  Arvind Gupta was given an Honorable Mention. For a nice UVAToday ... More >
• Pennies from Heaven
Posted 2017-03-17 23:30:56
From USA TODAY: "There's a tale we've all heard: A penny dropped from the top of the Empire State Building would fall at such a rate it would impale and kill anyone it hit down below. The myth somehow weaseled its way through the ... More >
• Louca Elected President of NSSA
Posted 2017-03-05 17:13:42
Prof. Despina Louca has been elected to serve a four year term as President of the Neutron Scattering Society of America. See  http://neutronscattering.org and ... More >
• DeZoort Wins Best Poster Award at 2016 PhysCon
Posted 2017-01-23 14:08:25
Gage DeZoort's poster,  Anomalous Signal Reduction in the CMS ECAL Trigger, won a Best Poster award at the  2016 Quadrennial Physics Congress (PhysCon) held November 3-5, 2016, in San Francisco, CA.  The $200 OSA ... More > • Liuti to serve on Physical Review C Editorial Board Posted 2017-01-20 17:44:00 Prof. Simonetta Liuti has been selected to serve on the Physical Review C Editorial Board for a three years term beginning on January 2017. See http://journals.aps.org/prc/staff More > • UVa's SPS Chapter Recognized as Outstanding Posted 2017-01-05 11:00:00 UVa's SPS chapter has been named a 2015-16 SPS Outstanding Chapter. This honor is only given to the top 10% of all SPS chapters in the country. The Director of the Society of Physics Students & Sigma Pi Sigma writes: "You ... More > • 'Hoo You Gonna Call Posted 2016-12-06 11:57:00 UVa Physics alumnus (graduate and undergraduate) James Maxwell played an important technical role in the recent Ghostbusters movie. His research apparatus served as a model for the movie's laboratory and he served as technical ... More > • Cox Named 2016 AAAS Fellow Posted 2016-12-02 11:50:53 Brad Cox's election as AAAS Fellow is celebrated in UVAToday. From the article: "Cox was honored for his contributions to the field of experimental high-energy physics, particularly in the discovery of the Higgs particle. The ... More > • 2016 SESAPS Conference Posted 2016-11-17 15:33:00 From November 9-12, 2016, the UVa Physics department hosted the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society (SESAPS): http://sesaps2016.phys.virginia.edu The conference ... More > • Lee's Work on a Novel Solar Cell Material Highlighted in UVAToday Posted 2016-10-21 17:00:00 From UVaToday: "... scientists and engineers at the University of Virginia, with colleagues at the NIST Center for Neutron Research, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Cornell University, have made new inroads on understanding the ... More > • Dukes Describes Cosmic Pain Posted 2016-10-17 14:51:00 According to Prof. Craig Dukes, "Cosmic rays can be a real pain." Dukes contributed a Fermilab "News at work" article discussing the work that he and his collaborators are doing to mitigate the adverse effects of cosmic ray ... More > • Negative Refraction of Electrons in Graphene Observed Posted 2016-10-07 16:30:40 Negative refraction for electrons passing a boundary has been observed by a team including Avik Ghosh, an Affiliated Professor of Physics. The results have been published in Science. For more, see the SEAS Press Release: ... More > • Memories and energy landscapes of magnetic glassy states Posted 2016-10-03 15:48:45 Understanding how memory emerges from a complex network of neurons in our brain remains a challenging task in cognitive science. Memory also arises in physical systems with complex energy landscapes such as glasses, disordered magnets, and social ... More > • Cates' Group Develops Novel Imaging Technique Posted 2016-09-29 14:03:33 From UVAToday: A unique new imaging method, called "polarized nuclear imaging" - combining powerful aspects of both magnetic resonance imaging and gamma-ray imaging and developed by physicists in the University of Virginia's ... More > • Chakdar Wins UVa Wide Postdoctoral Poster Competition Posted 2016-09-21 11:02:36 Shreyashi Chakdar has been awarded the First Place and the Audience Choice awards for the poster presentations in the "Physical Science and Engineering category" of University of Virginia Postdoctoral Research Symposium held on Tuesday, Sep ... More > • NOvA shines new light on how neutrinos behave Posted 2016-09-16 16:18:34 NOvA issued a press release and announced new results on the disappearance of muon neutrinos at the 38th International Conference on High Energy Physics. From the press release: "NOvA scientists have seen evidence that one of the three ... More > • Bloomfield Explains Olympic Freestyle Posted 2016-08-10 08:36:30 UVA physics professor Lou Bloomfield explains some of the fundamental forces at work in Olympic freestyle swimming, and how swimmers can use science to get ahead. ... More > • DeZoort Elected SPS Associate Zone Councilor Posted 2016-06-14 15:18:00 Gage DeZoort has been elected to serve as Zone 4 Associate Zone Councilor (AZC) for the 2016-2017 school year. His term began on June 12, 2016. On the SPS National Council, Gage will be a representative and a voice for students’ opinions and ... More > • Day Interviewed on Future of Nuclear Energy Posted 2016-05-26 11:59:00 From CBS19: "I really don't think there is much future for Nuclear energy," said Donal Day, a Nuclear Physicist who teaches at University of Virginia. "I don't think it's because people are opposed to it, but because ... More > • Principato Meets Italian Prime Minister Posted 2016-04-19 16:53:49 Earlier this month, Cristiana Principato, a UVa graduate student in the Physics Department, had the opportunity to meet with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi when he visited the Fermi National Laboratory where Cristiana conducts her research. Italy ... More > • Bixel, Diehl, and Slomka Elected to Phi Beta Kappa Posted 2016-03-30 13:00:00 David Bixel, Adam Diehl, and Matthew Slomka were elected to the Beta Chapter of Virginia of Phi Beta Kappa. Prof. Carrie Douglass, President, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Chapter of Virginia, writes: "As the oldest and most distinguished honor ... More > • Special Physics Department Medical Physics Scholarship! Posted 2016-02-23 17:08:14 The Department has a$5,000 Scholarship available for this summer, 2016, to support a declared physics major to work with a faculty member on a medical physics project. The faculty member is not required to be member of the Physics Department, but the ... More >
• UVa's SPS Chapter Again Recognized as Distinguished
Posted 2016-02-11 13:00:00
For the third straight year UVa’s SPS chapter has been recognized as “distinguished”. This honor is only given to the top 20% of all SPS chapters in the country. For more about SPS Outstanding Chapter Awards, see: ... More >
• Michael Mann on Climate Change
Posted 2016-02-08 14:16:00
Michael E. Mann,  Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University, spoke on The Physics of Climate Change at the UVa Physics Department on Friday, February 5.  A video of Prof. Mann's talk can be seen at the ... More >
• Mitchell Scholarship Deadline Approaching
Posted 2016-01-29 18:00:00
Mitchell and other Scholarships are available to support declared undergraduate physics majors in their third or fourth year of study at UVa in the academic year 2016-17. They are competitive and awarded annually by the Department to rising 3rd and ... More >
• Deaver featured in Physics Focus
Posted 2016-01-04 13:14:59
Deaver's seminal work with William Fairbank on magnetic flux quantization is featured in a Physics Focus: Landmarks article (Physics is an American Physical Society site that provides daily on-line news and commentary about papers from the ... More >
• Sackett Viewpoint featured in Physics
Posted 2015-11-17 14:34:00
Cass Sackett wrote a Viewpoint, "Cool Physics with Warm Ions", for Physics, an American Physical Society site that provides daily on-line news and commentary about papers from the APS journal collection.  According to Physics, ... More >
• Zheng Elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society
Posted 2015-10-22 14:10:00
Upon the recomendation of the Topical Group on Hadronic Physics (GHP), Xiaochao Zheng has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.  The citation reads: "For advancing the measurement of parity violating asymmetry in ... More >
• Alumnus Tanner Awarded APS Isakson Prize
Posted 2015-10-21 14:32:00
UVa Physics Alumnus David Tanner (B.A. 1966, M.S. 1967), now Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Florida, has been awarded the 2016 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids by the American Physical Society.   ... More >
• Liuti and Rajan U.Va. recipients of DOE Topical Collaboration Award
Posted 2015-10-20 11:33:00
Simonetta Liuti and her student Abha Rajan are the U.Va. recipients of DOE Topical Collaboration Award entitled "Coordinated Theoretical Approach to Transverse Momentum Dependent Hadron Structure in QCD (TMD Collaboration)".   ... More >
• Robert Mina: Sushi and Sliding Doors
Posted 2015-10-12 13:30:00
Robert Mina's article on the 2015 CHEP (Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics) was featured in The SPS Observer.   For more, see:   ... More >
• Xiaochao Zheng Featured in UVaToday's "U.Va. Faculty Will Realize Their 'Dream Ideas,' Thanks to Mead Grants"
Posted 2015-09-29 15:33:00
From UVa Today: "...Xiaochao Zheng, associate professor of physics Because 3-D printing is a relatively new field, many undergraduate physics students have not been exposed to this increasingly useful tool. Zheng’s dream idea includes ... More >
• Love triangles, quantum fluctuations and spin jam
Posted 2015-09-02 13:00:00
Lee's group presented experimental evidence for the existence of a topological spin state called spin jam. When magnetic moments are interacting with each other in a situation resembling that of complex love triangles, called frustration, a large ... More >
• Carr and Sperling Receive Dean's Scholarships
Posted 2015-06-05 15:49:05
Peter Carr received the Lawrence Harrison Kilmon and May Lewis Kilmon Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement and Owen Sperling received the George C. and Carroll F. M. Seward Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement and ... More >
• Xiao Receives ISO Academic Excellence Award
Posted 2015-05-26 11:57:35
Liting Xiao received the International Studies Office Graduating International Students Awards in the category for Academic Excellence See https://www.facebook.com/51812338138/posts/10153293894208139/ More >
• Janet Rafner Featured in UVaToday Series on Class of 2015
Posted 2015-05-21 11:39:42
From UVaToday:   "... the fateful combination of being encouraged to undertake interdisciplinary study and a chance encounter with a professor led to an internship in Paris and eventually to curating an exhibition at the Science ... More >
• Group wins 2015 Cory Family Teaching Award
Posted 2015-05-20 14:26:41
Assistant Professor Craig Group has won the 2015 Cory Family Teaching Award. This is a prize presented annually to two untenured tenure-track professors in the College of Arts and Sciences, recognizing excellence in undergraduate instruction. ... More >
• Moran Chen Featured in UVaToday Series on Class of 2015
Posted 2015-05-09 19:07:06
From UVaToday:   “During Moran Chen’s time as a University of Virginia  physics doctoral student, she helped set a world record in an area of physics that could play a crucial role in giving rise to a prototype quantum ... More >
• Yanchenko Wins Outstanding Undergraduate Physics Major Research Award
Posted 2015-05-08 13:11:21
The winner of this year's Outstanding Undergraduate Physics Major Research Award is Anna Yanchenko, whose research was entitled "THz Field Enhancement and Electron Emission from Au DENA Growth".  Her research professor was Robert ... More >
• Jones Elected Vice Chair of DAMOP
Posted 2015-05-05 23:42:35
Bob Jones has been elected Vice Chair of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (DAMOP) starting in June. This is a four year service commitment to the division with consecutive single year terms as Vice Chair, Chair Elect, ... More >
• Wong Wins Gwathmey Award
Posted 2015-04-22 11:14:11
Dear All,   Please join me to congratulate Gabriel Wong for receiving one of this year's Allan T. Gwathmey Memorial awards.   The Gwathmey award is an honor reserved for the most accomplished graduate students in the ... More >
• Chatterjee Garners NSF Career Award
Posted 2015-04-02 13:32:22
From UVAToday:   NSF’s Early Career Development Program supports junior faculty who perform outstanding research, are excellent educators and integrate education and research into their academic activities. The five-year grants ... More >
• Yanchenko and Harris Elected to Phi Beta Kappa
Posted 2015-03-31 16:42:26
Anna Yanchenko and Benjamin Harris were elected to the Beta Chapter of Virginia of Phi Beta Kappa.   Prof. Carrie Douglass, President, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Chapter of Virginia, writes:   "As the oldest and most ... More >
• UVa's SPS Chapter Recognized as Distinguished
Posted 2015-02-02 11:10:50
For the second straight year UVa's SPS chapter has been recognized as "distinguished".   This honor is only given to the top 20% of all SPS chapters in the country.   The Director of the Society of Physics Students ... More >
• McDonald Wins APS Award
Posted 2015-01-20 11:00:00
Dear Faculty and Undergraduates, Please join me to congratulate Brigid McDonald for being recognized for giving one of the three best research presentations at the APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (cuwip.web.unc.edu). The ... More >
• I Want The ILC! by P. Q. Hung
Posted 2015-01-13 17:00:49
"The ILC Blues", by P. Q. Hung and Duong Quoc Dat, is featured in the Newsletter of the Linear Collider Comunity: http://newsline.linearcollider.org/2015/01/08/the-ilc-blues/ More >
• Arnold and Louca - APS Fellows 2014
Posted 2014-12-09 17:48:18
Dear Colleagues,   Peter Arnold and Despina Louca have been elected 2014 APS Fellows. Please join me to say “congratulations” to these two brand new APS Fellows in our department.   Cheers, Joe   ... More >
• Cox and Hawley Named U.Va.’s 2014 Distinguished Scientists
Posted 2014-11-06 09:59:21
From UVa Today: Two of the University of Virginia’s most accomplished faculty researchers – physicist Brad Cox and astronomer John Hawley – have been selected as 2014 Distinguished Scientists. The ... More >
• Kamat Wins at Three Minute Thesis Competition
Posted 2014-09-30 16:38:36
Ajinkya Kamat’s entry, “Can we solve the mystery of ‘Neutrinos’ at Large Hadron Collider?”, took third place at the 2nd Annual UVa Three Minute Thesis competition. For more, ... More >
• November SESAPS Meeting
Posted 2014-09-23 14:03:58
It is my pleasure to invite you to the SESAPS Meeting in Columbia, South Carolina, November 13-15, 2014.   Our scientific program will focus on some of the year's outstanding research results across all fields from atomic and ... More >
• Wong Selected to be Kavli Institute Graduate Fellow
Posted 2014-07-03 15:23:00
Gabriel Wong, a PhD student working with Profs. Israel Klich and Diana Vaman, has been selected as a KITP (the Kavli Institute For Theoretical Physics at UCSB) Graduate Fellow for the fall of 2014. Gabriel's "Local Advisor" will be Joe ... More >
• Amy Rodgers to Speak at Valedictory Exercises
Posted 2014-05-04 14:34:08
The 2014 Valedictory Exercises will take place on Saturday, May 17 at 11:00 am on the lawn. This year's welcome speaker is fourth year Physics Major and Class of 2014 Trustee Amy Rodgers. Rodgers' address will be followed by the presentation of awards, ... More >
• Lindgren, et al., Win Grants to Boost STEM Education
Posted 2014-05-01 12:07:37
From UVaToday:The Virginia Department of Education has awarded faculty members in the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education teacher education program and colleagues in U.Va.'s College of Arts & Sciences two grants to support Virginia ... More >
• Moran Chen Wins 2014 Allen T. Gwathmey Memorial Award
Posted 2014-05-01 11:38:06
Moran Chen is one of two recipients of the 2014 Allen T. Gwathmey Memorial Award, an honor reserved for the most accomplished graduate students in the sciences at the University of Virginia in recognition of a distinguished scholarly publication. Her ... More >
• 'Universal' Property of Metamagnets Identified by Shivaram, et al.
Posted 2014-05-01 11:37:33
From UVaToday:(A University of Virginia-led team) discovered that the magnetic effect of apparently all metamagnets is that it is non-linear. When these metamagnets are placed in an initial magnetic field and the field is doubled, they more than double ... More >
• Gilbo and Xiao Featured at UVa's Public Day
Posted 2014-04-23 17:52:07
Two of our undergraduates students and Physics majors, Yekatarina Gilbo and Liting Xiao, were selected to showcase their research at UVa's recent public day. Gilbo was Undergraduate Research Symposium Winner while Xiao exhibited Dark Matter search ... More >
• Klich and Lee Solve Longstanding Condensed Matter Physics Problem
Posted 2014-04-15 12:06:52
Our theorist, Israel Klich, and experimentalist, Seung-Hun lee, have worked together to solve a long-standing problem in condensed matter physics regarding a glassy state in some frustrated magnets. When spins are arranged in a lattice of triangular ... More >
• Triple-Emmy-Winning "Professor Lou"
Posted 2014-04-07 13:51:05
From UVaToday:"Professor Lou," as he is called on TV, is science central on a feature segment called "Forces of Hockey," which is produced by the Capitals and aired on the team's associated cable networks, on the NHL Network, and shown during breaks ... More >
• Hoxton Lecture: Quantum Networks in Quantum Optics
Posted 2014-03-20 16:53:57
Professor Jeff KimbleThis talk will discuss the opportunities for the exploration of physical systems that have not heretofore existed in the natural world. A reception will be held following the talk in the Chemistry Building atrium.Thursday, March ... More >
• Janet Rafner wins Small Research and Travel Grant
Posted 2014-03-20 16:25:26
Janet Rafner, one of our SPS officers, received a Small Research and Travel Grant in the amount of $1,500. She will travel to Orsay, France, to work with a team of physicists and designers to advance both public and academic understanding of the ... More > • Cates Elected Vice Chair of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics Posted 2014-02-12 10:27:29 Gordon Cates has been elected Vice Chair of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics (DNP), the beginning, in April 2014, a four year commitment in which he will next be the Chair Elect, then Chair, and finally Past Chair. More > • Zheng, et al., Report Electron-Quark Parity Violation in Nature Posted 2014-02-09 22:31:19 From Science:"... electrons also interact with the nuclei through the weak force, which violates parity and is not mirror symmetric. As a result, right-spinning and left-spinning electrons ricochet off the target differently, creating a slight ... More > • INPP 2nd Annual Lecture: Gordon Kane Posted 2014-01-30 16:14:51 *** Please note: The following lecture has been rescheduled for April 18, 2014 ****Prof. Gordon L. Kane will lecture on "String Theory, Our Real World, and Higgs Bosons" in Physics 203 on Friday, April 18, 2014.For more, ... More > • Brad Cox Named Outstanding Virginia Scientist Posted 2014-01-16 17:00:23 On January 15, 2014, UVaToday reported:"In recognition of Cox's contributions to the search for and discovery of the Higgs, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Science Museum of Virginia today named him as one of two Virginia Outstanding Scientists ... More > • Third Annual Undergraduate Physics Research Symposium Posted 2013-12-05 18:00:29 The Third Annual Undergraduate Physics Research Symposium was held on November 1, 2013. Six undergraduates presented their physics-related research at the event. Topics presented were as follows:Yekaterina Gilbo "The Role of Solar Wind in ... More > • Fendley, Lee, Pfister, Thacker - APS Fellows 2013 Posted 2013-12-02 20:00:42 Dear Colleagues,We have learned from APS that four of our colleagues - Paul Fendley, Seunghun Lee, Olivier Pfister and Hank Thacker have been electedAPS Fellows 2013. Please join me in congratulating all of themfor this well-deserved honor.My sincere ... More > • Third Virginia and Maryland String and Particle Theory Meeting Posted 2013-10-28 15:13:38 On Saturday, November 2, 2013, Diana Vaman and UVa's Physics Department will again play host to the Virginia and Maryland String and Particle Theory Meeting.The invited speakers are:Justin Khoury (University of Pensylvania, Philadelphia)Igor Klebanov ... More > • U.Va. Physicists Celebrate Their Role in Nobel-Winning Higgs Discovery Posted 2013-10-09 10:58:53 From UVa Today:"The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Tuesday awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics to theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert to recognize their work in developing the theory of what is now known as the Higgs field, which gives ... More > • Joe Poon Serves on Excellence in Faculty Hiring Panel Posted 2013-10-02 18:47:50 From UVaToday:"A panel of U.Va. faculty members and a Human Resources consultant experienced in faculty searches shared a range of recruiting strategies. Dr. Sim Galazka, professor of family medicine in the School of Medicine; Joe Poon, William Barton ... More > • Pam Joseph Highlighted in Dean Woo's Zintl Award Acceptance Speech Posted 2013-09-30 17:39:41 In accepting this year's Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award, presented by the Women's Center, Meredith Woo, the Dean of Arts and Sciences, mentioned our own Pam Joseph:"Pamela Joseph is the research administrator in our Physics Department. For over ... More > • Hung Awarded Vietnam's Medal for the Cause of Science and Technology Posted 2013-08-29 11:39:13 On Monday, August 12, 2013, P.Q. Hung was decorated by S.E. Nguyen Quan, Vietnam's Minister of Science and Technology, for his important contribution to the advances of Science and Education in Vietnam.A nice photo of the ceremony can be seen ... More > • Pfister Wins Distinguished Research Career Award Posted 2013-07-12 09:49:27 From UVa Today:"Pfister, professor of physics in the College, is a noted researcher in quantum information and quantum computing. The development of quantum computers, one of the most challenging but promising areas of information science, would have ... More > • Summer Edition of the "Physics Day Show" Posted 2013-07-03 14:25:08 To support our recruiting efforts, and for the fun of it, physics students teamed up with faculty and staff to organize two summer physics shows on July 9 and July 30 at 7 pm in room 203 in the Physics building. Spectacular and pedagogical demos will ... More > • Pam Joseph Receives 2013 Outstanding Contribution Award Posted 2013-05-21 09:44:52 From UVaToday:"Do you know which department in the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences is best grant-funded?The Department of Physics claims that distinction. And several faculty members there say it's due to the work of research ... More > • Hoxton Lecture: The World According to Higgs Posted 2013-04-18 12:00:54 Professor Chris QuiggNew developments in particle physics offer a new and radically simple conception of the universe. Fundamental particles called quarks and leptons make up everyday matter, and two new laws of nature rule their interactions. Until ... More > • Eleventh Physics Department Research Poster Competition Winners Posted 2013-04-10 00:54:42 During the week of April 1 through April 5, 2013, the Physics department held a poster competition to highlight graduate student research. The competition was open to all students who had entered their third year in the graduate program and beyond.1st ... More > • UVa Featured on APS TV at March Meeting Posted 2013-03-18 11:06:34 UVa's is one of the physics programs featured on APS TV at the March Meeting:http://www.aps.org/meetings/march/services/apstv.cfmFrom the APS TV page:"The University of Virginia is ranked #2 in the U.S. for public universities and has one the largest ... More > • Hirosky Participates in "Science Straight Up" Public Outreach Posted 2013-03-14 10:40:12 From UVa Today: "Have you ever wondered what, exactly, a Higgs boson is? Or what a future quantum computer might be able to do? Or if climate change is real?Then ask a scientist. Maybe with a drink in your hand.You can Thursday evening at 7:30 at Black ... More > • Bloomfield's "Vistik" Highlighted in UVaToday Posted 2013-02-28 09:43:30 From UVaToday:"If anything bothers University of Virginia physicist Lou Bloomfield, it's a wobbly table. So much so that he actually invented a material to eliminate the problem. The material, a type of silicone rubber that is both rigid and fluid – ... More > • Day PRC Paper Included as Editors' Selection Posted 2013-01-07 16:07:25 A PRC paper presenting the results of Prof. Donal Day's work with John Arrington (our recent colloquium speaker), Nadia Fomin (his former graduate student), and a few others on the EMC effect has been included as an Editors' Selection for the month of ... More > • Cates Highlighted for Diquark Work Posted 2012-12-06 17:37:02 From DOE Pulse:... researchers have found intriguing new evidence on how the different kinds of quarks behave inside protons and neutrons. The data and insights, which were published in the journal Physical Review Letters, have recently received ... More > • UVa Physics Majors: Funding Available for Summer Research! Posted 2012-12-04 13:57:46 The UVa Physics Department is pleased to announce the availability of a number of Mitchell and other Summer Research Scholarships to support declared undergraduate physics majors to do research with a Physics Department faculty member next summer ... More > • Bloomfield Invents "Molecular Velcro" Posted 2012-11-28 10:35:49 From NewsPlex.com:Dr. Louis Bloomfield, a professor of physics at UVa, describes the material as being the "molecular equivalent of Velcro." The material bounces like a ball, stretches like silly putty, and sticks like glue but it's hard to describe ... More > • Day Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society Posted 2012-11-19 17:31:06 In recognition by his peers of his outstanding contributions to physics, Professor Donal Day has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. His Fellowship Certificate will read:"For his studies of high momentum transfer quasielastic ... More > • Liuti Elected Vice Chair of SESAPS Posted 2012-10-15 21:07:10 From the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society:"In the 2012 election, Professor Simonetta Liuti of the University of Virginia was elected Vice Chair. She will serve in the Chair line for the next four years."See ... More > • Zukai Wang Wins URA Visiting Scholars Program Award Posted 2012-10-01 10:03:16 The URA Visiting Scholars Program at Fermilab has awarded Zukai Wang$20,452 to work on the “Search for Magnetic Monopoles in the NOvA Far Detector”For more information on the program, ... More >
• Second Virginia and Maryland String and Particle Theory Meeting
Posted 2012-09-24 11:27:23
On Saturday, October 6, 2012, Diana Vaman and UVa's Physics Department will again play host to the Virginia and Maryland String and Particle Theory Meeting.The invited speakers are:Shinsei Ryu (U. Illinois, Urbana)Misha Stephanov (U. Illinois, ... More >
• Bloomfield Explains Physics of Heroic Catch
Posted 2012-07-18 14:56:54
From MSNBC:"The girl fell about 25 feet, which took about 1.25 seconds. The man stopped her fall in about 3 or 4 feet, which took about 0.1 second, depending on the stopping distance and how he supported her. So, she accumulated downward momentum over ... More >
• UVa's Higgs Effort Highlighted in Press
Posted 2012-07-05 09:33:22
From UVa Today:"We've had an observation that very likely is the Higgs," said University of Virginia physicist Brad Cox in the College of Arts & Sciences, who has been involved with the Higgs search at the Large Hadron Collider. "With more ... More >
• Jesse W. Beams Published in July 2012 Scientific American
Posted 2012-06-22 12:32:05
An excerpt of an article by Ernest O. Lawrence and J. W. Beams in the July 2012 issue of Scientific American:"Light is one of the most familiar physical realities. All of us are acquainted with a large number of its properties, while some of us who are ... More >
• Mitchell Summer Research Scholarships Awarded!
Posted 2012-05-10 11:20:27
Three of our physics majors have been awarded Mitchell Scholarships to doresearch with physics faculty this summer. Peter Breiding has been awarded$5,000 to work with Professor Gallagher designing and building a new tunablelaser, Davis van Petten has ... More > • Loomis and Popovic Win Presidential Research Poster Competition Posted 2012-05-08 14:11:51 From UVaToday:"University of Virginia student researchers offered unique perspectives on the physical, legal and political worlds Friday as they presented their findings in the second annual Presidential Research Poster Competition at the Rotunda. ... ... More > • UVa Credited with Originating National Physics Day Posted 2012-04-25 10:18:59 From physicscentral:"Physics fans, rejoice! April 24th is National Physics Day, and physics enthusiasts across the country are celebrating with fun physics demonstrations, public lectures, and other science events.But National Physics Day isn't new; ... More > • Tenth Physics Department Research Poster Competition Winners Posted 2012-04-24 17:59:40 During the week of April 2 through April 6, 2012, the Physics department held a poster competition to highlight graduate student research. The competition was open to all students who had entered their third year in the graduate program and beyond.1st ... More > • Jefferson Lab Searches for Heavy Photons Highlighted in Nature Posted 2012-04-04 16:40:11 From Nature News in Focus"In a three-week experiment due to start on 24 April, the electrons will crash into a thin tungsten target at 500 million times a second, creating a cascade of short-lived particles. Amid the debris, physicists with the Heavy ... More > • National Physics Day Posted 2012-04-03 16:24:51 In celebration of National Physics Day, the 18th annual University of Virginia physics demonstration show will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening, April 25, 2012, in room 203 of the Physics Building, 382 McCormick Road. This highly anticipated ... More > • Tenth Physics Department Research Poster Competition Posted 2012-03-29 10:14:14 During the week of April 2 through April 6, 2012, the Physics department will hold a poster competition to highlight graduate student research. The competition will be open to all students who have entered their third year in the graduate program and ... More > • Virginia and Maryland String and Particle Theory Meeting Posted 2012-03-27 10:33:40 On Saturday, March 31, 2012, Diana Vaman and UVa's Physics Department will play host to the Virginia and Maryland String and Particle Theory Meeting.For more see:http://www.phys.virginia.edu/Announcements/Meetings/Particle2012/ More > • UVa Researchers Featured in APS Synopses Posted 2012-03-19 22:26:48 From APS Synopsis: Getting Under the Neutron SkinHeavy nuclei are believed to have a neutron-rich skin on the surface, and the thickness of this skin may have important implications for the physics of neutron stars.Now the Lead Radius Experiment (PREx) ... More > • Cox Highlighted in Virginia Magazine Posted 2012-03-19 11:00:00 Brad Cox comments upon the LHC's search for the Higgs boson. For more: http://uvamagazine.org/university_digest/article/picking_up_the_subatomic_pieces More > • Introductory Lab Instructor Posted 2012-03-15 15:11:13 The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia invites applications for a Faculty position with the academic rank of Lecturer to serve as Introductory Lab Instructor. This is a non-tenure-track academic position, beginning Spring 2012. The ... More > • Bloomfield Makes Cents in Huffington Post Posted 2012-03-07 09:24:06 Prof. Bloomfield considers pennies from heaven (AKA the Empire State Building):'If it did strike you, it would feel like being flicked in the forehead — "but not even very hard," said Louis Bloomfield, a physicist at the University of Virginia. And ... More > • UVa team and collaborators measure ultra-fast protons in nuclei Posted 2012-02-29 13:25:19 The atomic nucleus is made of confined nucleons in constant motion dominated by their interactions with the mean field of the nucleus - that is the average potential generated the many body system. This mean field spawned motion is called the Fermi ... More > • 2012 Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics Annual Lecture Posted 2012-02-29 10:18:37 The 2012 Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics Annual Lecture, which will be held in the Physics Department, Room 203, on Thursday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m. The lecture will be delivered by Professor William Marciano, a prominent theoretical ... More > • Dukes' NOvA Work Highlighted in A&S Magazine Posted 2011-12-20 17:46:56 From the Fall 2011 Arts and Sciences Magazine, "Toward a New College":"Without this asymmetry, without this slight abundance of matter over antimatter, there would be nothing," says Craig DukesFor more, ... More > • UVa CMS Team Highlighted for Higgs Search Posted 2011-12-14 09:52:17 From The Daily Progress:A team of scientists that includes a group from the University of Virginia may have seen a glimpse of a subatomic particle that, in theory, is the key to holding together everything from atoms to airplanes.Scientific teams ... More > • Yohay Wins US LHC Users Organization Award Posted 2011-11-14 10:09:55 Per Sridhara Dasu for the US LHC Users Organization Executive Committee:The Young Scientist talks at the USLUO, especially the lightning round, was a grand success. Everyone liked the talks, and our NSF representative sent a special congratulatory ... More > • UVa to Dedicate New Physical and Life Sciences Research Building Posted 2011-10-18 15:24:14 From UVaToday:October 17, 2011 — The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia will dedicate its new, state-of-the-art Physical and Life Sciences Research Building on Friday at 3 p.m.The five-story, ... More > • Pocanic and Baessler Receive NSF MRI Funding Posted 2011-09-26 17:35:50 Dinko Pocanic and Stefan Baessler, in collaboration with colleagues from Arizona State University and Oak Ridge National Lab, have received funding for the development of a spectrometer optimized for precise measurements of correlations in neutron beta ... More > • Pfister Highlighted in Quantum Computing News Posted 2011-09-26 09:59:06 From Network World:"My work with optical fields has demonstrated good preliminary control over 60 qubit equivalents, which we call 'Qmodes' and has the potential to scale to thousands of Qmodes," Pfister says. "Each Qmode is a distinctly specified ... More > • Louca, et al., Awarded NSF MIRT Posted 2011-09-12 13:14:08 Despina Louca, with her colleagues at UT Austin, received one of the three MIRT awards made by the National Science Foundation this year among high competition.The Materials Interdisciplinary Research Team (MIRT) grant, which was awarded for the first ... More > • Pfister Accomplishes Breakthrough Toward Quantum Computing Posted 2011-07-15 09:05:30 From UVaToday:Olivier Pfister, a professor of physics in the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences, has just published findings in the journal Physical Review Letters demonstrating a breakthrough in the creation of massive numbers of ... More > • D. Louca, O. Pfister, and M. Williams Promoted Posted 2011-06-20 15:52:31 Despina Louca and Olivier Pfister have been promoted to Full Professors and Mark Williams to Research Professor of Physics and Professor of Radiology, effective August 25, 2011. More > • Wolf Instrumental in Creation of the Virginia Nanoelectronics Center Posted 2011-05-25 11:32:53 From UVaToday:The University of Virginia, in partnership with the College of William & Mary and Old Dominion University, has launched the Virginia Nanoelectronics Center, or ViNC, to advance research aimed at developing next-generation ... More > • Neu Awarded FEST Funding Posted 2011-05-24 13:51:16 Christopher Neu has been named a Distinguished Young Investigator this year through the University of Virginia's Fund for Excellence in Science and Technology. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the fund - now in its seventh ... More > • Ninth Physics Department Research Poster Competition Posted 2011-05-11 10:55:44 During the week of March 28 through April 1, 2011, the Physics department held a poster competition to highlight graduate student research. The competition was open to all students who had entered their third year in the graduate program and ... More > • Gallagher receives 2010-11 Distinguished Scientist Award Posted 2011-04-20 09:23:24 Three pre-eminent researchers – Thomas F. Gallagher, Patrice G. Guyenet and Kodi S. Ravichandran – have been chosen to receive 2010-11 Distinguished Scientist Awards from the University of Virginia.This award from the Office of the Vice President ... More > • Rachel Yohay has been awarded the ARCS Fellowship Posted 2011-04-08 09:47:13 The Metro Washington Chapter of ARCS selected Rachel Yohay as a fellowship recipient for the 2011-2012 academic year. ARCS stands for Achievement Rewards for College Scientists and only 1 nomination was allowed out of UVa for the$15,000 scholarship. ... More >
• Wu and Yohay Honored
Posted 2011-03-30 09:55:04
Chaolun Wu has been awarded a dissertation year fellowshipand Rachel Yohay has been selected from UVa this year to be nominated for the ARCS Foundation. ARCS stands for Achievement Rewards for College Scientists and only 1 nomination is allowed out of ... More >
• Ninth Physics Department Research Poster Competition
Posted 2011-03-08 17:34:43
During the week of March 28 through April 1, 2011, the Physics department will hold a poster competition to highlight graduate student research. The competition will be open to all students who have entered their third year in the graduate program and ... More >
• Bloomfield wins Jefferson Scholars Faculty Prize
Posted 2011-02-17 17:12:12
From UVaToday:The Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia has awarded Louis A. Bloomfield its 2011 Faculty Prize. Bloomfield, a physics professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, has been a member of the faculty since ... More >
• Congratulations to Kelsie Betsch and Jirakan Nunkaew
Posted 2011-02-01 16:14:30
Congratulations to Kelsie Betsch and Jirakan Nunkaew on receiving an Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Sciences and Engineering! This award recognizes excellence in original scholarship by PhD students at the University and rewards those ... More >
• Poon Group's Work on Thermoelectric Materials Recognized
Posted 2011-01-27 15:51:34
Researchers in the US, including U.Va., have unveiled a new high-temperature material that is 60% better at converting heat to electricity than comparable "thermoelectrics". The material, which is a nanocomposite, could potentially be used to boost the ... More >
• Memorial Resolution for Klaus Ziock
Posted 2010-12-10 14:05:48
Memorial Resolution for Klaus O. H. Ziock, read to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on December 9, 2010, by Prof. Ralph Minehart:Klaus Otto Heinrich Ziock, an experimental physicist and Physics Professor Emeritus, died on November 5, 2010, from ... More >
• Dukes' NOvA Work Highlighted in UVaToday
Posted 2010-12-08 09:43:44
One of the great and fundamental questions in physics is: Why is there matter? Physicists theorize that in the instant after the Big Bang created the makings of the universe, there were nearly equal amounts of matter and anti-matter, protons and ... More >
• Lamacraft named a Cottrell Scholar
Posted 2010-11-22 14:55:19
Dear Colleagues,I have just received word that Austen Lamacraft has been named a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. This is an honor for Austen and the announcement of the award was made to the UVa President's Office. ... More >
• HEP Group Seeks New Physics at the LHC
Posted 2010-11-18 09:29:46
As reported in UVaToday:"International teams of scientists working on an array of high-energy physics research projects with the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva – including several physicists from the University of Virginia's College of Arts & ... More >
• Quark Momentum Distributions Beyond the Free Nucleon Limit
Posted 2010-11-17 14:20:37
This paper, coauthored by Nadia Fomin, a former UVa graduate student (and now a research associate at the University of Tennessee), Donal Day (her advisor at UVa), John Arrington of Argonne National Lab and others, provides for the first time a direct ... More >
• Fishbane Defends Einstein
Posted 2010-11-15 16:10:01
Professor Emeritus Paul Fishbane was noted in UVa Todayhttp://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/headlines.phpfor Salon's ... More >
• Lee Group Paper a J. Phys. Soc. Jpn TOP 20
Posted 2010-11-15 10:07:53
The paper "Investigation of the Spin-Glass Regime between the Antiferromagnetic and Superconducting Phases in Fe1+ySexTe1-x" was one of the top twenty papers downloaded from the Journal of the Physical Society of Japan's ... More >
• Lee Highlighted in APS News
Posted 2010-10-13 17:50:47
In the October 2010 APS News:"To me, this challenges the integrity of science... They say theyreached these conclusions that have enormous consequences on thepolitical and international stage. As a scientist and scholar, I feltit was my duty to check ... More >
• Smola Wins Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Posted 2010-10-08 15:16:14
Raymond Smola, a 2008 graduate of our Master of Arts in Physics Education program, recently was one of the winners for the 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science. This is the highest award that a K-12 teacher can ... More >
• Breaking through to the other side
Posted 2010-08-31 23:03:41
The highest temperature superconductivity has been found when asmall fraction of electrons was added or removed from Mottinsulators where strong electron-electron repulsion preventselectrons from moving freely. To dissect a Mott insulator andexamine ... More >
• Invitation - Deaver Retirement
Posted 2010-04-28 16:22:52
Honoring 45 years of service in the UVA Physics Department . . .A Retirement Symposium and Reception CelebrationforBascom DeaveronMay 12, 2010 at 1:00pmRoom 204, Physics BldgOur colleague Bascom Deaver will be retiring this summer. In celebrating ... More >