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A new book by Professors Boris Svistunov, Nikolay Prokof’ev and Egor Babaev, Superfluid States of Matter, presents a modern view of superconductivity and superfluidity. An accompanying review by Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek states that it emphasises "deep unifying concepts of symmetry and topology while maintaining firm connection to concrete physical realities." Nobel Laureate Wolfgang Ketterle says of the book that it "reflects the broad expertise of the authors who have made important contributions to our understanding of many different physical systems."

Professor Michael Ramsey-Musolf was featured in two separate stories in the recent issue of Physics Today. The first discusses his contributions to long-range planning for the Nuclear Physics community in the US. The other features an interview with him as part of an article on the climate for LGBT physicists.

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Aaron P. Dunbrack, a sophomore Physics and Astronomy major, is one of four UMass undergraduates chosen to receive the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship in Education. Read more Congratulations, Aaron!

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.

Congratulations, Lori!

Professor Andrea Pocar has received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor. His research focuses on experimental neutrino and dark matter physics

Congratulations, Andrea!

The recent measurement of pp solar neutrinos by Borexino was voted one of the top ten 2014 physics breakthroughs by Physics World (IOP). … more .

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.

To know more:
UMass Press Release     Nature News
Nature Commentary     Science News
Scientific American     Physics World

Prof. Chris Santangelo and postdoc Art Evans recently authored a new paper on origami metamaterials featured in Science Magazine. Find the paper published at the journal Science, here:

To know more:
UMass Press Release     Boston Globe
Washington Post    

Physics Department Office Manager Ann Cairl has been awarded the 2014 College of Natural Science (CNS) Outstanding Staff Award.

Congratulations, Ann!

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.

Congratulations, Ben!

Dr. Nikhil Malvankar, UMass Physics PhD 2010, has been awarded a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Award.

Congratulations, Nikhil!

Professor Benny Davidovitch has been named one of seventeen 2014 Simons Fellows in theoretical physics. The prestigious fellowship enables Benny to extend his sabbatical leave at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Congratulations, Benny!

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

ACFI faculty Laura Cadonati has been elected Vice Chair of the APS Topical Group in Gravitation (GRR). The group serves as a focus for research in all areas of gravitational physics. … more

Congratulations, Laura!

ACFI faculty Lorenzo Sorbo and collaborators have offered two possible explanations for the discrepancy between BICEP2 and previous experiments: a sudden change in the production of the gravitational waves and the existence of a preferred direction in the sky. (arXiv preprint, New Scientist coverage)

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!