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Friday, September 01, 2017
New HEDM project at ANL
The National Science Foundation announced funding of a $1.5M new High Energy Diffraction Microscope (HEDM) at the Advanced Photon Source synchrotron. The project is led by Robert M. Suter of the CMU Physics Department and involves faculty at Purdue University, Colorado School of Mines and the University of Utah. The new instrument will take advantage of new detector and positioning technologies and will use modern software designs that allow enhanced experimental control and feedback as well as accelerated data reduction to produce microscope output on the time scale of the data collection. The instrument will relieve the high demand on the current facility where the measurement technique was developed under Suter's leadership.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Dodelson Takes Helm at CMU Physics
Renowned astrophysicist Scott Dodelson has been named the Head of the Department of Physics in Carnegie Mellon University’s Mellon College of Science. Dodelson conducts research at the interface between particle physics and cosmology, examining the phenomena of dark energy, dark matter, inflation and cosmological neutrinos.
Friday, August 18, 2017
The Solar Eclipse and Eddington's Experiment
At 1:45 on Monday afternoon, August 21, the moon will begin blocking the light coming to us from the Sun. Over the next half hour the skies will darken and then return to normal, birds will tweet their confusion, and many of those on campus will experience for the first time the wonders of a Solar Eclipse. Traveling to be in the path of the total eclipse, Assistant Professor Matt Walker will attempt to recreate the famous experiment of Arthur Eddington in 1919 that proved Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity to be correct.
Friday, May 12, 2017
BlueTides Simulation Explores Early Universe
A gigantic computer model, BlueTides, explores the development of the Early Universe as it reaches back to the earliest large-scale structures that were already in place a mere billion years after the Big Bang that started it all. CMU Physics professors Tiziana Di Matteo and Rupert Croft and their collaborators implemented a simulation that encompasses hundreds of thousands of galaxies and contains almost a trillion individual objects. BlueTides shows that the super-massive black holes at the fringe of the Universe, and the early quasars they power up, could have formed according to the known laws of physics.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Leonard Kisslinger Wins Carnegie Science Award for Work with Middle School Students
The CMU Physics Concepts Program is an outreach effort in which CMU students mentor middle school students in the Pittsburgh area. It was conceived by Physics Professor Emeritus Leonard Kisslinger more than 20 years ago and has been nurtured ever since. On May 12, 2017, Kisslinger receives the Carnegie Science Award for his leadership in STEM education. honoring his long-term engagement for middle schoolers in a district where more than half of the students come from disadvantaged families.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Buhl Lecture 2017
Princeton University physicist William Bialek will present Carnegie Mellon University’s annual Buhl Lecture at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 13 in the Mellon Institute Auditorium, 4400 Fifth Ave. in Oakland. His lecture, “The Physics of Life: How Much Can We Calculate,” is free and open to the public.
Monday, February 27, 2017
Glue-X Experiment at JLab
After nearly 20 years in promoting, designing, building and commissioning, the Gluonic Excitations (GlueX) experiment, led by CMU Professor Curtis Meyer, has produced its first scientific result. GlueX is the flagship physics experiment of a major upgrade to the DOE’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab) and will utilize high-energy polarized beams of photons to produce a form of nuclear matter in which the gluons binding the quarks inside of protons and neutrons can directly contribute to the properties of the exotic matter.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Search for Supersymmetry
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, colliding protons at almost the speed of light 40 million times every second. While many are familiar with the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson, the collider’s work is far from done. Carnegie Mellon scientists are now looking for light supersymmetric particles that would escape the detector undetected—much like how neutrinos that leave the LHC’s collisions without a trace. But theory predicts that these elusive particles appear with an entourage of known particles, such as W and Z bosons. So, now is the time to study these known particles to see if there are any missing pieces that could help fill-in the Standard Model’s puzzles.