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Several members of the cosmology group made their way this month to the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration meeting in Arizona. Here you see some of our faculty, postdocs, grad students and alumni including three former Duke physics undergraduates who are now in graduate school and working with us as colleagues. read more about Cosomology Group Members Attend LSST Meeting »

In other exciting news from our Cosmology Group: The LSST has been renamed as the Vera Rubin Observatory. The observatory is named after an astronomer who provided important evidence of the existence of dark matter, and is the first national US observatory to be named after a woman. Read more on LSST's website here.Photo credit: NOAO/AURA/NSF read more about LSST Renamed Vera Rubin Observatory »

Prof. Kate Scholberg will participate in the Science & Society Dinner Dialogues series on Wednesday, February 5. Click here to read a little more about her upcoming discussion about neutrinos. The Dinner Dialogues series is intended for a wide audience in an informal setting but there is a waitlist. You can sign up on the event page. read more about Prof. Scholberg to Participate in S&S Dinner Dialogue »

Graduate student Shobhit Sharma and his advisors Profs. Ehsan Samei and Anuj Kapadia report that accurate individualized estimates of organ doses in computed tomography (CT) can now be performed within clinically acceptable computation times. They utilized an automatic image-segmentation method to create custom anatomical models from patients’ CT data along with a parallelized Monte Carlo simulation of photon transport to compute the radiation burden imposed by a CT scan in… read more about Graduate Student Makes Progress in Medical Imaging »

Assistant to the Chair Cristin Ryman has successfully completed the Certified Payroll Representative program. The certification is one of many offered by Duke University Financial Services that included over ten classroom courses with accompanying quizzes and a final exam. From Timothy W. Walsh, Vice President for Finance: "Cristin has demonstrated expert knowledge of the systems and resources vital to understanding and using Duke University payroll processes. The final exam is a rigorous assessment of… read more about Staff Member Ryman Completes Payroll Representative Certification »

Graduate student Emily Phillips Longley is at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California working with a team to build a camera that will be housed at the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) presently under construction in Chile. The camera that will spend ten years mapping the sky above the Southern Hemisphere. Click over to the Graduate School's website to see photos and read more about Longley's exciting DOE-funded research: "Physics Ph.D. Student Helping to Build World's Largest Digital… read more about Grad Student Longley Helping to Build the World's Largest Digital Camera »

Thanks to a grant from the Department of Energy, physics Ph.D. student Emily Phillips Longley is spending six months at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California, helping to build a camera. A camera the size of a car. Longley is part of a team building the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), a facility in Chile that will boast the world’s largest digital camera and use it to conduct a 10-year survey of the sky over the Southern Hemisphere. The 3,200-megapixel camera will observe the entire southern sky… read more about Physics Ph.D. Student Helping to Build World’s Largest Digital Camera »

Higher education institutions like Duke are gateways to opportunity and success for many low-income and first-generation college students. They are also home to professors who once stood in those students’ shoes and used their education to get into academia. Here are some professors from Duke who were low-income, first-generation (LIFE) college students. Jen’nan Read: Sally Dalton Robinson professor of sociology, chair of the department of sociology Jen’nan Read was born in the United States and moved to… read more about Professors from low-income first-generation backgrounds are ready to help Duke students »

The Southeastern Section of the American Physics Society (SESAPS) has just selected TUNL Director Prof. Art Champagne and Prof. Christian Iliadis (UNC Chapel Hill) to jointly receive the 2019 Jesse W. Beams prize for outstanding research conducted in the Southeast. Champagne and Iliadis were selected to receive this prize in recognition of “their research leadership in experimental nuclear astrophysics, especially for the conception and development of their measurement program of thermonuclear reaction… read more about TUNL Director Prof. Champagne Shares 2019 Beams Prize with Iliadis »

"The Magnificent CEvNS", a workshop focused on theoretical and experimental aspects of coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering, was held in Chapel Hill on November 9-11, 2019. The workshop organization was led by Prof. Phil Barbeau’s former student, Grayson Rich, and local organizers included Phil Barbeau and Prof. Kate Scholberg.  Duke graduate students Sam Hedges, Long Li, and Adryanna Smith, as… read more about Magnificent CEvNS Workshop in Chapel Hill »

Adjunct Prof. Henry Everitt has just had an article published in Science magazine on a new kind of laser he has been working on for the last few years with colleagues at Harvard and MIT. This news was featured on the Duke Research Blog. Read "Scientists Made a 'T-Ray' Laser That Runs on Laughing Gas" here. Press releases were also shared by MIT, Harvard, and the Army. Photo courtesy of Chad Scales, US Army Futures Command read more about Prof. Everitt and Colleagues Run Laser on Laughing Gas »

The proton, that little positively-charged nugget inside an atom, is fractions of a quadrillionth of a meter smaller than anyone thought, according to new research appearing Nov. 7 in Nature. Haiyan Gao of Duke PhysicsIn work they hope solves the contentious “proton radius puzzle” that has been roiling some corners of physics in the last decade, a team of scientists including Duke physicist Haiyan Gao have addressed the question of the proton’s radius in a new way and discovered that it is 0.831 femtometers across, which is… read more about How Small is a Proton? Smaller Than Anyone Thought »

Duke Physics graduate student Weizhi Xiong in Prof. Haiyan Gao’s group is the lead author of a paper on "A small proton charge radius from an electron–proton scattering experiment" which appeared in Nature (online) on November 6, 2019 at 18:00 (London time), November 6, 2019 at 13:00 (US Eastern Time). This is a major result in resolving the proton charge radius puzzle that started in 2010 and refers to the large discrepancy between the ultra-high precise results obtained from… read more about Gao's Group Published in Nature on a Major Result After Nearly Ten Years of Research »

The National Science Foundation is funding the new Center for Synthesizing Quantum Coherence (CSQC) as a Phase I Center for Chemical Innovation. Led by Duke, and featuring distinguished chemists at Northwestern University, University of California – Berkeley, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Center aims to unmask the coherent quantum mechanical flow of electronic excited states and of charges, along with their coherent spin-spin interactions, in precisely tailored nanostructures and molecules. In the longer… read more about Prof. Beratan to Direct NSF's Center for Synthesizing Quantum Coherence »

The Physics Department is delighted to report that Prof. Daniel Scolnic has been selected by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation as a 2019 Packard Fellow. Congratulations on this outstanding honor! See the official announcement from the Packard Foundation here and DukeToday's article here. read more about Prof. Scolnic Receives Packard Fellowship »

If you ask Duke assistant professor Dan Scolnic what amazes him about cosmology, he’ll say, it’s “really the only field in all of science where you could stand in front of people and say, ‘we understand 5% of what’s going on,’ and still think we’re kind of smart.” That’s because all the stars, planets and galaxies that scientists see today make up just 5% of the universe. The other 95% is made of mysterious stuff called dark matter and dark energy that scientists can’t see or detect directly. Scolnic says scientists may be… read more about Prestigious Packard Fellowship Supports Duke Cosmologist in Answering Questions About What Makes Up the Universe »

Graduate student Yiqiu Zhao and colleagues have been featured in an APS Viewpoint. Zhao summarizes: Granular matter can behave like solid or liquid. A phase diagram that predicts the behavior of granular matter based on control parameters is important but not well established. Part of the difficulty is, granular matter develops spatial heterogeneity known as shear band under shear, making it hard to build connections between state variables since a well-defined “state” should be homogeneous. In this work,… read more about Grad Student Zhao and Colleagues in APS Viewpoint »

The 2019-2020 Department of Physics graduate student fellowships were awarded to: Richardson Fellowship: Aitor Bracho Rebecca Chen Austin Hulse Shiv Yadavalli AAPT Outstanding Teaching Award: Benjamin Hamm (nominated by Lecturer Arya Roy) Derek Soeder (nominated by Prof. Joshua Socolar) Mary Creason Award: Ethan Mancil (advisor: Prof. Gleb Finkelstein… read more about 2019-2020 Graduate Student Fellowships »

Prof. Mark Kruse and Prof. Emeritus Al Goshaw discovered the top quark and received the 2019 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize. Kruse was interviewed by the Duke Chronicle regarding this exciting research. Read "Duke physicist explains his discovery of the most massive fundamental particle" here. read more about Prof. Kruse Interviewed about Top Quark »

Prof. Ashutosh Kotwal served as co-convener of the Higgs and Electroweak Physics Sessions at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physics Society. The meeting was held at Northeastern University, Boston from July 29 through August 2. Over three days, the Higgs and Electroweak Session hosted speakers from the LHC and Tevatron experiments, theorists and representatives of future collider study groups. The results presented are consistent with the Standard Model of… read more about Prof. Kotwal Served at 2019 Annual Meeting of the Division of Particles and Fields »

Two graduate students, Connor Awe and Tyler Johnson (advisor: Prof. Phil Barbeau), have been awarded Doctoral Fellowships in Applied Antineutrino Physics. Awe and Johnson were awarded two out of a total of four competitive Consortium for Monitoring, Technology, and Verification (MTV) fellowships to support the NNSA mission through antineutrino physics in nuclear nonproliferation applications. See the press release and read the students' research statements here. The Duke… read more about Grad Students Awe and Johnson Awarded Doctoral Fellowships »

Prof. Michael Rubinstein is part of the team of five researchers that was awarded 270,000 node-hours for the project “Large Scale Numerical Simulations of Polymer Nanocomposites” from the Department of Energy's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research’s Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) program. ASCR received 75 proposals and awarded computer time at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center to ten research teams. Read the press release here. Congratulations to Prof. Rubinstein… read more about Prof. Rubinstein and Team Awarded in Computing Challenge »

On July 18, Cristin Ryman, assistant to the chair, walked with 86 of over 140 other Duke employees who earned Certificates of Excellence over the last year. Ryman spent 48 hours in six courses to complete the Supervisory Excellence certificate in December. That ceremony was canceled due to snowfall but she was invited to attend the celebration along with this semester's graduates. Vice President for Administration Kyle Cavanaugh (pictured with Ryman on the right) conferred certificates to the graduates. read more about Staff Member Ryman Earns Certificate of Excellence »

Congratulations to Prof. Emeritus Al Goshaw and Prof. Mark Kruse on their 2019 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize for their discovery of the top quark! DukeToday wrote an article and you can read "Duke Physicists Share Prize for Discovery of Top Quark" here. Additionally, see the European Physics Society's press release here. Photo credit: Fermilab read more about Profs. Goshaw and Kruse Awarded for Discovery of Top Quark »

The early 1990s were heady times for Duke physicists Al Goshaw and Mark Kruse. They belonged to one of two rival teams racing to discover an ephemeral building block of nature called the top quark. The final missing piece in a puzzle, the top quark was the last undiscovered quark of the six predicted to exist by scientific theory. “This was one of the major discoveries in our field,” said Goshaw, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Physics.  In 1995, the two 450-person teams working on a machine near Chicago called the… read more about Duke Physicists Share Prize for Discovery of the Top Quark »

Prof. Daniel Scolnic works as part of the SH0ES team which measures the local expansion rate of the universe. His team’s measurement has been in tension with measurements from the early universe, and now new teams are coming in with independent measurements. Prof. Scolnic comments here. read more about Prof. Scolnic and SH0ES Team Research Featured »

Alum Leah Broussard (2013, advisor: Prof. Calvin Howell) now studies subatomic particles at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and is working to reach a parallel universe. Read about what she has been up to in "Scientists are searching for a mirror universe. It could be sitting right in front of you." online here. Photo credit: Genevieve Martin / Oak Ridge National Laboratory / U.S. Dept. of Energy read more about Alum Broussard Seeks Mirrorverse »

Several members of the Duke Neutrino and Cosmology Group— faculty member Prof. Kate Scholberg, graduate student Adryanna Smith, post-baccalaureate intern AJ Roeth, and physics major Crystal Burgos, attended the SNEWS 2.0: Supernova Neutrinos in the Multimessenger Era workshop in Sudbury, Canada. This workshop, co-organized by Scholberg, explored the future of SNEWS, the Supernova Early Warning System. Smith presented a poster on future detection in large… read more about Neutrino and Cosmology Group Members Attend SNEWS 2.0 »

The Department of Physics and the Department of Math held their annual diploma ceremony and luncheon on Sunday, May 12, 2019. In attendance were graduates, faculty, family, and friends.  Read a copy of the Event Program Photos of the event can be viewed on our Flickr site.   A video of the celebration is available. Congratulations to the Class of 2019! read more about 2019 Graduation »

Prof. Christoph Schmidt was recognized as Hertha Sponer Chair at the annual University Distinguished Chair’s dinner. See DukeToday's announcement here. read more about Prof. Schmidt Recognized at University Distinguished Chair’s Dinner »