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Physics Department Office Manager Ann Cairl has been awarded the 2014 College of Natural Science (CNS) Outstanding Staff Award.
Professor Ben Brau has received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor. His research focuses on searches of physics beyond the Standard Model in high energy proton collisions. He is a member of the ATLAS experiment at the LHC accelerator at CERN, Switzerland.
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The Physics Department will hold a reunion for alumni and friends on Saturday, June 7 in the Lederle Grad Research Tower, Room 1033. Join us to hear the latest news from the department and to network with fellow alumni during Alumni Weekend.
2:00 p.m. Welcome with Department Head Rory Miskimen
2:15 p.m. “Latest News on the HIGGS Boson from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN” with Professor Carlo Dallapiccola
2:45 p.m. “Stories of Startups” with alumnus Paul Silva ‘00, founder and executive director of Valley Venture Mentors
3:15 p.m. Poster session on undergraduate research and faculty/alumni get-together
The Simons Collaboration on the Many Electron Problem held its kickoff meeting on March 17. It brings together 23 physicists from around the world (including UMass' Nikolay Prokof'ev and Boris Svistunov) to new ways to solve the quantum mechanical behavior of systems comprised of many interacting electrons, with the goal of revolutionizing our ability to calculate and understand the properties of molecules and solids important in chemistry, physics and everyday life. ...more…
The book "Topics in Advanced Quantum Mechanics" by Professor Emeritus Barry Holstein has recently been reprinted by Dover, two decades after it's first release by Addison-Wesley in 1992.
Good books never expire: well done Barry!
Nikolay Prokof'ev and Boris Svistunov have been awarded a prestigious award (1.67 M$ over 10 years) from the Simons Foundation.
The Simons Collaboration on the Many Electron Problem brings together a group of scientists focused on developing new ways to solve the quantum mechanical behavior of systems comprised of many interacting electrons, with the goal of revolutionizing our ability to calculate and understand the properties of molecules and solids important in chemistry, physics and everyday life. ...more…
The EXO-200 experiment has measured the 2-neutrino double-beta decay of Xe-136 with 3% precision. The measurement provides useful information for modeling the Xe-136 nucleus, and places Xe-136 on the front stage in the search for the lepton number-violating neutrino-less double beta decay. The EXO-200 collaboration includes professors Andrea Pocar and Krishna Kumar, postdoc Tim Daniels, and graduate student Sereres Johnston. The result is highlighted on Physical Review C. ( ...more… )
Senior Morgan Opie, a physics/math double major, was awarded one of 14 scholarship offered by the Winston Churchill Foundation for outstanding american students to pursue graduate studies at Cambridge University in the UK (...more...).
Opie was also one of four Fall '13 recipients of the UMass Rising Researcher awards (...more...), and she was runner-up for the Alice T. Schafer Prize, a national prize for excellence in mathematics by an undergraduate woman.
Well done, Morgan!
David Kastor has been named Fellow of the American Physical Society in November 2013. This is an honor conferred on less than one half of one percent of the APS membership. Congratulations, David!
For his influential work on a broad span of topics in gravitational physics, ranging from the formal definition of conserved quantities in General Relativity through new exact black hole solutions all the way to brane architectures relevant for string theory.
With the arrival of Prof. Michael Ramsey-Musolf, UMass Amherst has established the Amherst Center for Fundamental Interactions (ACFI) in the Physics Department. The ACFI seeks to advance research in theoretical and experimental physics at the interface of the Energy, Intensity, and Cosmic frontiers. ACFI activities include international topical workshops, a visiting researcher program, and enhanced in-house research involving the theoretical and experimental high energy, nuclear, and astroparticle groups. Read more about the ACFI at http://www.physics.umass.edu/acfi/ .