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  • artist rendition of a 4-qubit chip with a dotted-line-like cosmic ray hitting it from out of the image frame, lighting up two neighboring qubits "red" to indicate they are affected by the cosmic ray's energy

    Correlated errors in quantum computers emphasize need for design changes

    Quantum computers could outperform classical computers at many tasks, but only if the errors that are an inevitable part of computational tasks are isolated rather than widespread events. Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison …

  • CHIME telescope detects more than 500 mysterious fast radio bursts in its first year of operation

    This post has been modified from the original post, published by MIT News To catch sight of a fast radio burst is to be extremely lucky in where and when you point your radio dish. …

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    Dark Energy Survey releases most precise look at the universe’s evolution

    This news piece has been slightly modified from this news story, first published by Fermilab.  The Dark Energy Survey collaboration has created the largest ever maps of the distribution and shapes of galaxies, tracing both …

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    Yang Bai promoted to full professor

    The Department of Physics is pleased to announce that Prof. Yang Bai has been promoted to the rank of full professor. “It is my pleasure and honor as Dean to approve Prof. Yang Bai’s promotion …

  • Several physics majors awarded Hilldale Fellowships

    Six UW–Madison undergraduate physics or AMEP majors have been named 2021 Hilldale Fellows, in addition to one computer science major who is conducting their research in the Physics Department. The Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship provides …

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    Welcome, incoming MSPQC students! 

    The UW–Madison Physics Department is pleased to welcome 18 students to the M.S. in Physics – Quantum Computing program. These students make up the third cohort to begin the program and are the largest entering …

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    San Lan Wu earns Phi Beta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award

    On April 17, the Alpha Chapter of Wisconsin Phi Beta Kappa presented the 2021 Phi Beta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award to Enrico Fermi distinguished Professor of Physics Sau Lan Wu. She was nominated by …

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    Celebrating IceCube’s first decade of discovery

    It was the beginning of a grand experiment unlike anything the world had ever seen. Ten years ago today, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory fully opened its eyes for the first time. Over the course of …

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    Flexible, easy-to-scale nanoribbons move graphene toward use in tech applications

    From radio to television to the internet, telecommunications transmissions are simply information carried on light waves and converted to electrical signals. Silicon-based fiber optics are currently the best structures for high-speed, long distance transmissions, but …

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    Searching for Sources of Gravitational Waves

    The entire astrophysical world was blown away by the first-ever binary neutron star collision seen in August 2017 (called ‘GW170817’). This event, identified as a kilonova, was the first to be seen in both gravitational waves, …

  • Ellen Zweibel elected to the National Academy of Sciences

    Astronomy and physics Professor Ellen Zweibel has been honored with membership in the National Academy of Sciences. Zweibel is among 120 new members — and one of 59 women, the largest group ever — elected …

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    Three department members earn teaching accolades

    Congratulations to the following Physics Department members who recently earned teaching awards: Dr. Daniel Thurs won a 2021 Alliant Energy James R. Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award. These awards are funded by an endowment from …

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    Introducing the Physics Ph.D. Class of 2021

    After record-breaking application numbers and the most unique recruiting season yet, the Department of Physics is pleased to introduce the 30 students of the incoming Ph.D. class of 2021!    “This year’s incoming Ph.D. class is a …

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    Gage Siebert named 2021 Goldwater Scholar

    Three University of Wisconsin–Madison students, including junior Physics and Math major Gage Siebert, have been named 2021 winners of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, considered the country’s preeminent undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics and …

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    CMS Group publishes new study on Lepton flavor in Higgs boson decays

    Neutrinos mix and transform from one flavor to the other. So do quarks. However, electron and its heavier cousins, the muon and the tau, seem to conserve their flavor identity. This accidental conservation of charged …

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    Gage Bonner earns 2020 Teaching Award

    Congrats to physics grad student Gage Bonner for earning a 2020 College of Letters & Sciences Continuation of Study teaching award! This new award category recognizes graduate students in L&S who provided exceptional continuity of …

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    New nondestructive optical technique reveals the structure of mother-of-pearl

    Most people know mother-of-pearl, an iridescent biomineral also called nacre, from buttons, jewelry, instrument inlays and other decorative flourishes. Scientists, too, have admired and marveled at nacre for decades, not only for its beauty and …

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    Highest-energy Cosmic Rays Detected in Star Clusters

    For decades, researchers assumed the cosmic rays that regularly bombard Earth from the far reaches of the galaxy are born when stars go supernova — when they grow too massive to support the fusion occurring …

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    IceCube detection of a high-energy particle proves 60-year-old theory

    On Dec. 8, 2016, a high-energy particle hurtled to Earth from outer space at close to the speed of light. The particle, an electron antineutrino, smashed into an electron deep inside the ice sheet at …

  • image says: Department of Physics is offering the following courses for Summer 2021: Physics 103: General Physics (includes lab) 4 credits. Principles of mechanics, heat, and sound (non-calculus, uses algebra & trigonometry). Physics 104: General Physics (includes lab) 4 credits. Principles of electricity and magnetism, light, optics, and modern physics (non-calculus). Physics 202: General Physics (includes lab) 5 credits. Electricity, magnetism, light, and sound for Engineering students (calculus based). View course meeting times here: https://enroll.wisc.edu/search Enrollment beings the week of April 5th.

    Summer 2021 courses have been announced

    The Department of Physics is offering the following courses for Summer 2021: Physics 103: General Physics (includes lab) 4 credits. Principles of mechanics, heat, and sound (non-calculus, uses algebra & trigonometry). Physics 104: General Physics …

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