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    IceCube to appear in BBC and PBS documentaries

    This story was originally published by IceCube. The IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a massive astroparticle physics experiment located at the South Pole, will be featured in two upcoming documentaries about neutrinos produced for the BBC and …

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    New 3D integrated semiconductor qubit saves space without sacrificing performance

    Small but mighty, semiconducting qubits are a promising area of research on the road to a fully functional quantum computer. Less than one square micron, thousands of these qubits could fit into the space taken …

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    Balantekin named co-PI on NSF grant to solve cosmic mystery

    This story has been modified from one originally published by New York Institute of Technology.  A team of University of Wisconsin–Madison and New York Institute of Technology physicists has secured a grant from the National …

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    The Wonders of Physics ready to hit the road

    The Wonders of Physics traveling show is back! After a three-plus-year hiatus, the department is pleased to announce that we have hired a full-time outreach specialist and restarted the program. Haddie McLean, a former meteorologist …

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    Magnetic fields implicated in the mysterious midlife crisis of stars

    This post was originally published by the Royal Astronomical Society. UW–Madison physics graduate student Bindesh Tripathi is the lead author of the scientific publication. Middle-aged stars can experience their own kind of midlife crisis, experiencing …

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    2021 Homi Bhabha Award given to Francis Halzen

    This story was originally published by the IceCube collaboration. The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai, India, have awarded the 2021 Homi Bhabha Medal …

  • Francis Halzen named Vilas Research Professor

    UW–Madison physics professor Francis Halzen has been named a Vilas Research Professor. Created “for the advancement of learning,” Vilas Research Professorships are granted to faculty with proven research ability and unusual qualifications and promise. The …

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    Ke Fang receives prestigious Shakti Duggal Award

    This article was originally published by WIPAC Ke Fang, professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Shakti P. Duggal Award presented by the International Union of Pure and Applied …

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    Sau Lan Wu featured in AIP History newsletter

    A biography of Professor Sau Lan Wu was included as the cover story in a recent issue of the AIP History Newsletter (see pages 14-15). The story covers her early life in Hong Kong, her …

  • Physics projects funded in first round of UW’s Research Forward initiative

    In its inaugural round of funding, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education’s (OVCRGE) Research Forward initiative selected 11 projects, including two with physics department faculty involvement. OVCRGE hosts Research Forward …

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    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, …

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