Launch of an X-ray astrophysics experiment from White Sands, N.M. The novel detectors are cooled within .05° of absolute zero – the lowest temp yet in space.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Nobel Prize for Higgs and Englert
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded jointly to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider".
The University of Wisconsin groups of Professors Sau Lan Wu (ATLAS) and Duncan Carlsmith, Sridhara Dasu, Matt Herndon and Wesley Smith (CMS) played key roles in the discovery of the Higgs Boson. Efforts are underway to understand details of the Higgs Mechanism, which is deemed responsible for providing masses for all fundamental particles.
FYI: A public lecture on the Discovery of the Higgs will be given by Prof. Wesley Smith at the Physical Sciences Laboratory, Stoughton, on Thursday. The physics department colloquium this Friday will be given by Prof. Sridhara Dasu on "Understanding the Higgs Boson".
The HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory begins operations at the Sierra Negra volcano in Puebla, Mexico
Friday, August 23, 2013
On August 1, 2013, the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory formally began operations. HAWC uses a unique detection technique to study the origin of very high-energy cosmic rays and observe the most energetic objects in the known universe. This extraordinary observatory differs from the classical astronomical design of mirrors, lenses, and antennas, instead observing particle interactions.
Colleagues remember Steve Rader for technical skills, human touch
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Steve Rader, UW-Physics Department Director of Computing, was killed Friday May 24th in a bicycling accident. Colleagues remember him as easy-going and "a great listener who sought to understand people’s problems before recommending a solution.”
IceCube Detects High-energy Neutrinos with Possible Cosmic Origin
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A massive telescope in the Antarctic ice reports the detection of 28 extremely high-energy neutrinos that might have their origin in cosmic sources. Two of these reached energies greater than 1 petaelectronvolt (PeV), an energy level thousands of times higher than the highest energy neutrino yet produced in a manmade accelerator.
Elementary School Students Work on Their Own Rube Goldberg Contraptions
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Students at Emerson School in Madison participate in a Rude Goldberg Lab as a way to demonstrate a few physics principles. Mike Randall, a UW-Madison Physicist led the lab. Randall is the outreach coordinator for The Wonders of Physics.