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In July 2021, Marko Cetina will join Duke University’s Department of Physics as an Assistant Professor. An atomic, molecular and optical physicist, Cetina has used his wide-ranging research in light, lasers and atoms to both explore the basic physics of quantum… read more about Marko Cetina: Building Quantum Machines to Understand Physical Processes »

ACTIVE FACULTY ROBERT J. LEFKOWITZJames B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Medicine  Robert Lefkowitz, M.D., has been a member of the Duke faculty since 1973 as a professor of medicine and a professor of biochemistry and chemistry. He won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, sharing the award with Brian Kobilka, who did postdoctoral work with Lefkowitz at Duke. The two were recognized for their work on a class of cell surface receptors that have become the target of prescription drugs, including… read more about A Look at Duke's Nobel Laureates »

The National Science Foundation has awarded Duke University a $3 million, five-year Research Traineeship grant to develop a program for graduate students to develop expertise in using artificial intelligence (AI) for materials science research. The aiM (AI… read more about Filling an AI and Materials Science Training Gap »

Jonathon Yuly likes scientific analogies. He loves the weird connections mathematical modeling makes visible—like the fact that models of magnetism can also be used to describe neural networks and the way birds fly as a flock. It was just… read more about PhD Student Solves 40-Year Bioenergetics Mystery »

Prof. Dan Scolnic and Prof. Michael Troxel have weighed in on the latest measurements of the clumpiness of the universe for an article in The Atlantic. Click here to read "The Universe Might Be Too Thin: Scientists may have found a new crack in our understanding of the universe". read more about Profs. Scolnic and Troxel Weigh in on the Latest Measurements of the Clumpiness of the Universe »

Duke University researchers Jungsang Kim and Christophe Monroe will join peers from the national labs, universities, federal agencies and industry on a new read more about Duke Joins Peers on New National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee »

The Fall 2020 graduate student fellowships and awards have been named. Mary Creason Memorial Award: Ryan Bouabid The recipient earns a monetary reward. Read more about the Mary Creason Memorial Award here. AAPT Outstanding Teacher Assistants of the Year, 2019-20: Son Nguyen and Erik Peterson Recipients receive an AAPT gift membership which includes electronic access to premier journals: The American Journal of PhysicsThe Physics Teacher, and Physics Todayread more about Fall 2020 Graduate Student Fellowships and Awards »

Alfred Goshaw, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics, surveys his career studying elementary particle physics for those "who are curious about how the field has evolved from the dawn of the… read more about Research in the Field of Elementary Particle Physics »

We are thrilled to welcome Prof. Chris Monroe to the faculty of the Physics Department. Prof. Monroe, a world-leading expert in Quantum-Information-Science, will join Duke University on January 1st 2021 with a joint appointment in Physics and ECE. Click here to read Pratt's new faculty profile "Chris Monroe: Realizing Ion-Trap Quantum Computers to Solve Unsolvable Problems." Photo credit: Pratt School of Engineering read more about New Faculty Profile: Chris Monroe »

An international leader in quantum computing, architect of the U.S. National Quantum Initiative, and member of the National Academy of Sciences, Chris Monroe will join longtime long-distance collaborators at Duke to build practical quantum computers for use in fields from finance to pharmaceuticals… read more about Chris Monroe: Realizing Ion-Trap Quantum Computers to Solve Unsolvable Problems »

Graduate student Erin Conley (advisor: Prof. Kate Scholberg) has contributed an article on Fermilab's news site that outlines her research with the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). Click here to read Conley's story. read more about Grad Student Conley Provides an Update on the DUNE Experiment at Fermilab »

ATLAS Postdoctoral Associate Katherine Pachal was excited to get the chance to discuss searches for the LHC Run 3 with Symmetry Magazine. The next five years will be a very interesting time to search for new particles which travel a measurable distance in the detector before decaying. Although well-motivated, these signatures are historically under-explored due to the experimental challenges they pose. The Duke ATLAS group has invested significant effort in developing this research area and are… read more about Postdoc Pachal Discusses LHC Experiments with Symmetry Magazine »

Prof. Patrick Charbonneau was featured in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)'s article "Science and Culture: Universities move science labs to the kitchen". Click here to read more on his approach to helping students appreciate food and cooking through science. read more about Prof. Charbonneau Looks at the Science Behind Cooking »

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke physician Eric Westman was one of the first champions of masking as a means to curtail the spread of coronavirus, working with a local non-profit to provide free masks to at-risk and under-served populations… read more about Research Offers Visible Proof That Masks Work »

Prof. Martin Fischer has worked with Duke physician Eric Westman to prove that masking is an effective safeguard against COVID-19 and determined which types of masks worked the best. Their Science Advances paper can be read online here, Duke Health's article "Inexpensive, Accessible Device Provides Visual Proof that Masks Block Droplets" is here, and Trinity College's "Here's Visible Proof Masks Work" here.   Photo Credit: Home Page photo, courtesy of Duke Health. read more about Prof. Fischer and Team Prove Masks Block COVID-19 Droplets »

Michael Troxel has always liked puzzles, especially challenging ones. Which is fortunate, since his job is solving some of the most perplexing, fundamental mysteries of the universe. “At some point in middle school I asked myself, What’s… read more about Exploring the Mysteries of the Universe by Seeing the Invisible »

Prof. Michael Troxel has been awarded the Department of Energy Early Career Award. Trinity College of Arts & Sciences featured this news in an article on their website. Read "Exploring the Mysteries of the Universe by Seeing the Invisible" here. Congratulations! read more about Prof. Troxel Awarded DOE Early Career Award »

On June 10, 2020, over 70 members of the Duke Physics Department set aside their research, instructional, and administrative activities to participate in a nationwide strike called #ShutDownSTEM, organized by a multi-identity, intersectional coalition of STEM professionals. Participants used the day to reflect on the ways in which American physics communities, from small research groups, to undergraduate classes, university departments, multi-university collaborations, and national societies can better serve black… read more about Duke Physics Community Anti-Racism Forum »

Prof. David Beratan has been featured on Trinity College of Arts & Sciences' webpage in a background piece to coincide with his 60th birthday tribute in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B. Click here to read "David Beratan Reflects on the Humans Behind the Science." read more about Prof. Beratan Looks Back on His Career in Two Tribute Articles »

While the Duke Community celebrates this unprecedented graduating class of 2020, we would like to highlight two Duke Physics graduate and undergraduate team members for their successful development, coordination and commitment to our faculty, staff and students and first ever virtual graduating class. Katherine Siler and Timothy Fields, Jr. would have been planning their normal annual graduations with their respective graduate and undergraduate students, but instead during one of the most… read more about Department of Physics Staff Spotlight – June 2020 »

Prof. Ashutosh Kotwal has been awarded the Arts and Sciences Council's Faculty Research Grant for bringing together the Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics departments on "Applications of Artificial Intelligence". Prof. Kotwal has initiated this collaboration to advance the development and application of high-performance artificial-intelligence (AI) hardware in which the AI algorithms are directly embedded in silicon integrated circuits. The application that Prof. Kotwal has… read more about Prof. Kotwal Receives Research Grant for Artificial Intelligence Applications »

In 2020-2021, the Duke University Energy Initiative’s Energy Research Seed Fund will support projects addressing renewable energy’s integration into the grid, battery performance, electrochemical catalysts, utilities’ decision-making… read more about Energy Research Seed Fund awards six grants to Duke faculty to kickstart innovative projects »

Most of Physics Professor Haiyan Gao’s students see their doctoral dissertations posted on her lab’s web site very soon after they have been awarded their Ph.Ds. But Yang Zhang, Ph.D. 2018, had to wait two years, because his… read more about Why Waiting Two Years for Publication of His Dissertation Was Worth It for This Physics Ph.D. Student »

Fifteen Duke Ph.D. students have received prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) for 2020. Launched in 1952, the GRFP is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind. It supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science… read more about 15 Ph.D. Students Receive Prestigious NSF Fellowships »

The Research Data Repository is a service of the Duke University Libraries that provides curation, access, and preservation of research data produced by the Duke community. In an interview with Duke's Office of Scientific Integrity, Prof. Patrick Charbonneau, associate professor of chemistry and physics, describes his motivations in helping develop and in heavily using this resource. Read it online here. read more about Prof. Charbonneau Interviewed on Research Data Repository »

Dr. Yang Zhang’s thesis work just appeared in a paper on "Precision measurement of the neutral pion lifetime" in Science on May 1, 2020. Dr. Yang Zhang received his Ph.D. from Duke in May 2018 under the supervision of Prof. Haiyan Gao. Strong force is one of the four fundamental forces in nature and is the force responsible for binding nucleons into atomic nuclei. The theory describing the strong force is called quantum chromodynamics (QCD) with quarks and gluons as degrees of… read more about Alum Zhang Published in Science, a Significant Contribution to PrimEx-II »

Congratulations to our faculty members Michael Rubinstein and Steffen Bass for being awarded distinguished professorships this year. Rubinstein has been named Aleksander S. Vesic Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Bass has been named Arts & Sciences Professor of Physics. Rubinstein and Bass join the cohort of primary and joint Physics faculty with such chairs (Haiyan Gao, Ashutosh KotwalBerndt Mueller… read more about Bass and Rubinstein Receive Distinguished Professorships »

Duke University has awarded distinguished professorships to 29 faculty members from eight Duke colleges and schools. While the annual University Distinguished Professors dinner will be postponed until social gathering restrictions are lifted, Provost Sally Kornbluth is ready to congratulate this year’s recipients now. “I am thrilled to honor this wonderful cohort of scholars, teachers, and members of the Duke community,” Kornbluth said. “Becoming a distinguished professor at Duke is a great achievement, and one that is… read more about Duke Awards 29 University Distinguished Professorships »

Prof. Daniel Scolnic (and his daughter, marking her video debut movie experience) and Prof. Patrick Charbonneau have been included in a video Duke made about how scientists are dealing with working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about "Data at a Distance" on DukeToday's website here. read more about Professors Share Their Experiences Working from a Safe Distance »