Two students in the Department of Physics have received Hilldale Faculty/Undergraduate Research Fellowships for 2014-15 academic year: Aaron Stemo, working with Professor Cary Forest, and Nicholas Derr, working with Drs. Susan Nossal and Edwin Mierkiewicz.
UW physicists are hard at work upgrading the trigger system for the CMS experiment at the LHC, which is in the middle of a maintenance period in preparation for higher energy collisions in 2016. Graduate student Tom Perry takes a break from this work to give the public an explanation of what the trigger system is, using a bowl of party mix.
A 2D array of up to 49 atomic qubits is being used for entanglement and quantum computing experiments.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
A 2D array of up to 49 atomic qubits is being used for entanglement and quantum computing experiments. The array is loaded stochastically and the movie shows digitized data of single atom occupancies in the array.
Baha Balantekin elected to Science Academy of Turkey
Monday, December 23, 2013
Baha Balantekin, Eugene P. Wigner Professor of Physics, was elected a
member of the Science Academy of Turkey. The Science Academy of Turkey is
an independent (non-governmental), self-governing organization dedicated
to promoting scientific merit, freedom and integrity. The Science Academy
endorses the time-honored traditions of integrity, independence and social
engagement and strives to contribute to the improvement of science
education and the public perception of research and scholarship. Besides
Balantekin, the newly elected members of the Science Academy include
Nobelists Phil Anderson and Peter Diamond.
IceCube awarded the 2013 Breakthrough of the Year
Thursday, December 12, 2013
The IceCube project has been awarded the 2013 Breakthrough of the Year by the British magazine Physics World. The Antarctic observatory has been selected for making the first observation of cosmic neutrinos, but also for overcoming the many challenges of creating and operating a colossal detector deep under the ice at the South Pole.
On June 16, 2011, workers at Portage Casting and Mold Inc. in Portage, Wis., assemble a five-section-mold needed for the main vacuum vessel of the Plasma Dynamo Facility at UW-Madison.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Using $2.4 million in stimulus funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the structure will be used to study the origin of magnetic fields in the universe and explore the self-generation of magnetic fields in a plasma dynamo as a potential energy source.
IceCube Detects High-energy Cosmic Neutrinos
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Today, nearly 25 years after the pioneering idea of detecting neutrinos in ice, the IceCube Collaboration headquartered in Madison Wisconsin announces the observation of 28 very high-energy particle events that constitute the first solid evidence for astrophysical neutrinos from cosmic accelerators.
Carlos Paz-Soldan Receives Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award
Friday, November 15, 2013
Carlos completed his Ph.D. in Physics in 2012 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was advised by Dr. Cary Forest with theory support from Dr. Chris Hegna. He was awarded the 2013 Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award, "for experimental research that conclusively demonstrated effective stabilization of the deleterious resistive wall mode in a linear plasma column by rotating conducting shells, and for perceiving how error fields affect kink mode stability asymmetrically for differentially rotating walls."