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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
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Aaron P. Dunbrack '17, a major in Physics, Astronomy, Math and Philosophy, is one of five undergraduates chosen to be UMass Amherst Rising Researchers for their achievements in research, scholarship or creative activity. Aaron previously received a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. He is currently engaged in research on baryogenesis with Physics Prof. Michael Ramsey-Musolf. Read more
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.
A new paper by Ph.D. student Jaime Hopkins, Prof. Adrian Parsegian, adjunct Prof. Rudi Podgornik and collaborators is featured on the front cover of the journal Langmuir. It describes a complete mesoscale theory of van der Waals molecular interactions that has been incorporated into an open-source software tool called Gecko-Hamaker, allowing for new insights on how molecules can self-assemble. more...
Prof. John Donoghue has been invited to be the 2015 Erwin Schroedinger Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna. This position is in honor of Erwin Schroedinger, and the Visiting Professor gives one lecture to a wide audience and three specialized lectures to advanced physicists. Prof. Donoghue will lecture on General Relativity as a Quantum Field Theory during October and November of 2015.
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...
Prof. Andrea Pocar was listed by Business Insider as one of "9 scientists who are changing the way we view space". He was previously listed by the same publication as one of "50 groundbreaking scientists who are changing the way we see the world" for his study of pp neutrinos and the inner workings of the Sun with the Borexino experiment. More
Assistant Professor Jun Yan was one of two UMass faculty awarded $20,000 for his project titled "Detecting quantum flows in reduced dimensions". More
Prof. Andrea Pocar was listed as one of "50 groundbreaking scientists who are changing the way we see the world" by Business Insider for his study of pp neutrinos and of the inner workings of the Sun with the Borexino experiment.
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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.
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."