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    Study led by UW–Madison researcher confirms star wreck as source of extreme cosmic particles

    Astronomers have long sought the launch sites for some of the highest energy protons in our galaxy. Now, a study using 12 years of data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (Fermi) confirms that a remnant of …

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    Higgs @ Ten: UW–Madison physicists’ past and future roles

    Ten years ago, on July 4, 2012, the CMS and ATLAS collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN — including many current and former UW–Madison physicists — announced they had discovered a particle …

  • A schematic of the experimental setup. (Top) the overall apparatus used, a vacuum chamber with holes on the sides to let lasers in. (A) shows the setup for the first part of the experiment, where the researchers were measuring decay rates in lower and lower density clouds. (B) shows the setup for the second part of the paper, with the addition of an interferometer

    Coherent light production found in very low optical density atomic clouds

    No atom is an island, and scientists have known for decades that groups of atoms form communities that “talk” to each other. But there is still much to learn about how atoms — particularly energetically …

  • Physics technology shines at Summerfest Tech

    Six top technologies in development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and other UW System campuses headlined WARF Innovation Day at Summerfest Tech June 29. Wednesday’s event at BMO Tower in Milwaukee drew dozens of in-person and virtual …

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    Brian Rebel promoted to full professor

    The Department of Physics is happy to announce that Professor Brian Rebel has been promoted to full professor. Rebel is a high energy experimentalist whose research focuses on accelerator-based neutrino physics. He joined the department …

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    NASA Sounding Rocket Mission Seeks Source of X-rays Emanating From Inner Galaxy

    This post was originally published by NASA To human eyes, the night sky between the stars appears dark, the void of space. But X-ray telescopes capture a profoundly different view. Like a distant firework show, …

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    Sau Lan Wu honored with named planet

    The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named a minor planet ‘Saulanwu’ after UW–Madison physics professor Sau Lan Wu. The planet (177770) ‘Saulanwu’ (=2005 JE163) was discovered on May 8, 2005 at Mt Lemmon observatory in …

  • Victor Brar, Moritz Münchmeyer funded through latest round of Research Forward

    Sixteen projects — including two from Physics — have been selected for funding in the second round of Research Forward, a program to stimulate innovative and groundbreaking research at UW–Madison that is collaborative, multidisciplinary and …

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    Keith Bechtol selected to Department of Energy Early Career Research Program

    The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science announced the selection of 83 scientists — including University of Wisconsin–Madison physics professor Keith Bechtol — to the Early Career Research Program. The funding will allow Bechtol …

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    Thad Walker honored with Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship

    Extraordinary members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty, including physics professor Thad Walker, have been honored during the last year with awards supported by the estate of professor, U.S. senator and UW Regent William F. …

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    Detailed analysis of old star provides template for heavy element formation

    This story was originally published by University Communications The fusion furnaces that are the universe’s stars create the elements from helium up to iron. But iron is only number 26 on the periodic table out …

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    Researchers aim X-rays at century-old plant secretions for insight into Aboriginal Australian cultural heritage

    This story was originally published by David Krause at SLAC For tens of thousands of years, Aboriginal Australians have created some of the world’s most striking artworks. Today their work continues long lines of ancestral …

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    From “Alien” Child to Sci-Fi Sensation

    This story, by Doug Moe, was published in the Spring 2022 issue of On Wisconsin magazine Kevin Anderson ’83 never abandoned his youthful passion, and now he’s one of the most successful authors in his …

  • Mark Saffman named WARF professor

    This post is adapted from the original Thirty-two members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty — including physics professor Mark Saffman — have been awarded fellowships from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research …

  • Congratulations to Professor Lawler on his retirement!

    After 42 years on the UW–Madison faculty, Jim Lawler, the Arthur and Aurelia Schawlow Professor of Physics, has announced his retirement. Lawler is an atomic, molecular & optical physicist with a focus developing and applying …

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    Congrats, grads!

    Congrats to all of the Physics and AMEP students who are graduating this weekend! Their names are listed below. Best of luck to all of you on your future endeavors — we know you’ll do …

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    Physics undergraduates named 2022 Hilldale Fellows

    Three UW–Madison undergraduate physics majors have been named 2022 Hilldale Fellows, in addition to one engineering physics major who is conducting their research in the Physics Department. The Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship provides research training …

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    Lee Pondrom’s High Energy Physics textbook now available

    Professor Emeritus Lee Pondrom’s textbook Introduction to High Energy Physics: Particle Physics for the Beginner has now been published. Summary: Elementary particle physics is a mature subject, with a wide variety of topics. Size considerations require …

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    “Physics in the Arts” earns Texty award

    Congrats to Pupa Gilbert, whose Physics 109 textbook, Physics in the Arts, has earned a 2022 Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) “Texty” award for Textbook Excellence. Overall, forty-five textbooks have been awarded 2022 Textbook …

  • Alex Levchenko awarded NSF condensed matter and materials theory grant

    Congrats to Alex Levchenko on his funded NSF proposal, Electronic phases and transport in quantum matter at strong coupling. It was funded through the Division of Materials Research, condensed matter and materials theory program. According …

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