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."
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.”