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A recent paper in Physical Review Letters by John Donoghue and Barry Holstein, with colleagues from France and Denmark, is highlighted in Physics. They present new techniques to calculate the quantum correction to the bending of starlight in General Relativity. Though too small to be measured, the result is interesting because it violates some classical formulations of the Equivalence Principle.
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Professor Lori Goldner has received tenure. Lori's research focuses on advanced optical methods to study single-molecule biophysics.
Professor Andrea Pocar has received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor. His research focuses on experimental neutrino and dark matter physics
The Physics Department of the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in three fields:
(1) theoretical high energy, nuclear, gravitational physics and/or theoretical cosmology,
(2) condensed matter experiment, and
(3) condensed matter theory.
The Physics Department of the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a full-time lecturer to be part of a pioneering initiative to teach introductory physics in a team-based / active learning format.
All searches are currently open and the expected start date for successful candidates is September 1, 2015. For more information and links to the online applications, visit our job listings page: http://www.physics.umass.edu/job-openings
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Professors Pocar and Cadonati, with graduate student Keith Otis and the entire Borexino Collaboration report the direct detection of pp solar neutrinos, emitted by the keystone proton-proton fusion in the Sun. The discovery is published on Nature.
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.
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… )