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The US Department of Energy has renewed a three-year nuclear theory grant to Prof. Ramsey-Musolf for $1.1M, including an increase to support workshop and visitor activities of the Amherst Center for Fundamental Interactions. The supported research will focus on the cosmic matter-antimatter asymmetry and the interplay of fundamental symmetry tests and neutrino studies with searches for new physics at the high energy frontier. Congratulations, Michael!
Robert (Bobby) Johnston, a senior Physics and Engineering major, has been selected to receive the 2016-2017 Rising Researcher award, recognising undergraduates who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity. Bobby has previously won a Goldwater Scholarship, as well as the William F. Field Alumni Scholar Award. Congratulations, Bobby!
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Stéphane Willocq has been named Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2016, nominated by the Division of Particles and Fields. Congratulations, Stéphane! The citation reads
For contributions to the physics of heavy flavor in electron-positron collisions; searches for new vector bosons in proton-proton collisions at the highest energies at the Large Hadron Collider; and for exceptional leadership of the exotic physics and technical groups during the first data-collection with the ATLAS experiment.
Assistant Professor Chen Wang is a condensed matter experimentalist specialising in quantum phenomena in mesoscopic systems. Read more
Assistant Professor Tigran Sedrakyan is a condensed matter theorist and expert on new states of quantum matter. More
Assistant Professor Patrick Draper is a particle theorist focused on physics beyond the Standard Model. More
Recent research from our newest faculty member, Assistant Professor Chen Wang, who joins UMass in Fall 2016, has been published in Science. Wang et al show that a "Schrodinger Cat" state can be created simultaneously in two electromagnetic cavities. With the resultant consequences for quantum computing, this got a lot of media attention, with articles in Science Daily, Science News and New Scientist.
Robert (Bobby) Johnston, a junior Physics and Engineering major has been chosen to receive the prestigious Barry S. Goldwater Scholarship, awarded nationally to a select group of science and engineering students. Bobby has also won the William F. Field Alumni Scholar Award for 2016. Read more
The 2016 annual Physics Department awards were presented to graduate and undergraduate students at a luncheon on April 29, 2016 to recognize their achievements in teaching, research, outreach, and academics. More...
Congratulations to all!
Physics professor Chris Santangelo's work on the interplay between geometry and the mechanical properties of materials as seen in techniques of origami and kirigami is featured in the Dec 15th issue of Physics World. Chris is also featured in a monthly professor spotlight interview.
In a new cover article for Nature Materials, physics experimentalists Paulsen and Menon, theorists Démery, Davidovitch and Santangelo, and polymer scientist Russell have shown that ultrathin sheets can be used to package droplets of fluid. The wrapped droplets have unusual, but simply-explained shapes that maximize the efficiency of the wrapping. Link. Postdocs Paulsen and Démery have gone on to faculty positions at Syracuse University and ESPCI, Paris, respectively. more...
An article by Professor Robert Hallock in the May issue of Physics Today titled Is Solid Helium a Supersolid? discusses the unusual properties of solid Helium. In experiments done in his group (see image) they find that helium atoms flow through a sample of solid helium, but in a fashion dramatically unlike the behavior previously predicted for supersolids. Theoretical work in the department, led by Boris Svistunov and Nikolay Prokof'ev has been instrumental in the development of new understanding of solid helium.