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Fiona Burnell is a condensed matter theorist who studies exotic phases of matter. These are materials which do not display long-ranged order at low temperatures (which is typical of low-temperature behaviour in many materials, such as magnets), but are also not ordinary metals. One of the most bizarre examples of an exotic phase is a fractionalized system, where there appear to be particles that carry a fraction of the charge of the electron. “This seems very surprising because we know that you can’t subdivide an electron,” Burnell explains.

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Scarlata receives Taylor Research Award

Claudia Scarlata

Associate Professor Claudia Scarlata won the College of Science and Engineering George W. Taylor Distinguished Research Award. The award comes with $3,000 to be used in Scarlata's research in astrophysics. The Distinguished Research Award recognizes younger faculty members who have shown outstanding ability in research. More »

Pribiag Named McKnight Land-Grant Professor

Vlad Pribiag

Vlad Pribiag was named a 2019 McKnight Land-Grant Professor. The program is designed to advance the careers of new assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives. Pribiag's research is in novel low-dimensional quantum materials and devices for information processing. This research investigates new materials, aimed at transcending the limitations of traditional semi-conductor computers. More »

Gherghetta receives Simons Fellowship

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Professor Tony Gherghetta received the 2019 Simons Fellowship. The Simons Fellows program extends academic leaves from one term to a full year, enabling recipients to focus solely on research for the long periods often necessary for significant advances. Gherghetta is a theoretical physicist specializing in physics beyond the standard model. More »

Mandic receives Distinguished McKnight Professorship

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Professor Vuk Mandic of the School of Physics and Astronomy has been selected as a 2019 Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The award recognizes Mandic's research in the field of experimental cosmology and astrophysics. Mandic will receive a grant of $120,000 to be used over a five year period. More »

Knauber wins Ovshinsky Award

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Brenda Knauber, a physics Ph.D. candidate in Professor James Kakalios’s research group, has been selected for an Ovshinsky Student Travel Award to present her research at the 2019 March American Physical Society’s (APS) Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. More »


Calendar

Monday, April 22nd
12:15 pm:
Simulating the Milky Way and its Satellites —
Andrew Wetzel, UC Davis
2:00 pm:
FTPI Special Seminar in Tate 201-20
Some Speculations on the Cosmological Constant Paradox —
Anthony Zee, UC Santa Barbara
Tuesday, April 23rd
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
The azimuthal propagation of dipolarization in the inner-magnetosphere —
Sheng Tian
4:00 pm:
Bringing Compact High-Field MRI Systems to Life through Novel Methods that Tolerate Extreme Field Inhomogeneity —
Jarvis Haupt and Mike Garwood
Wednesday, April 24th
1:25 pm:
Role of Orbital Physics in Iron Chalcogenide Superconductors —
Ming Yi, Rice University
Thursday, April 25th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Progress Report: Axial Super-Resolution with Two-Photon Microscopy —
Siddarth Karuka, PhD student in Jochen Mueller’s lab, School of Physics and Astronomy
12:10 pm:
Trevor Knuth and Evan Skillman
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in Physics Tate B50
Neutron stars come of age —
Sanjay Reddy, University of Washington
Friday, April 26th
11:00 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Physics Tate 301-20
“Hunting for dark matter with neutron stars” —
Sanjay Reddy, University of Washington
12:20 pm:
Ginzburg-Landau Formalism for Fluctuation-Induced Nonlinear Diamagnetism in Layered Superconductors —
Fei Chen
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