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What's new at CMU Physics?

June 2018:

• CMU Physics rises into top 50 in QS World University Rankings for Physics and Astronomy programs, Featured Among most improved universities

April 2018:

• Robert Kirshner to Present 2018 Buhl Lecture "Exploding Stars, Dark Energy and the Accelerating Cosmos" on April-24
• Drs. Stephen Garoff and Hael Collins receive MCS Teaching Awards

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Promising First Results from Low Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscope

A team of CMU physicists has succeeded in producing an atomic scale image of Tungsten Ditelluride. This intriguing material has the potential to spur technological and scientific innovations.
Thursday, July 05, 2018

The Gaia Sausage: The Major Collision That Changed the Milky Way

Between 8 billion and 10 billion years ago, a dwarf galaxy crashed into our own Milky Way. The dwarf did not survive, but its final act redefined the shape of the Milky Way. Our galaxy has never been the same.
Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Carnegie Mellon Rocket Command Wins NASA Award

The physics departments hosts many student clubs under its roof – Physics and Philosophy, Pugwash, the Astro Club, the Society of Physics Students, the PSAC. Today in the spotlight: The Carnegie Mellon Rocket Command. Congratulations to the Winner of 2018 NASA Student Launch Altitude Award!
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Gaia Release Creates Richest Star Map of Our Galaxy Yet

On April 24, 2018, the collaboration evaluating the data from the Gaia satellite released a huge set of observations, revealing the positions, brightness values, surface temperatures, and motion data from over 1.6 Billion stars in our Milky Way. CMU's Prof. Sergey Koposov, a Gaia team member, is excited about the harvest ...
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Teaching Awards for Professors Garoff and Collins

Each academic year at Carnegie Mellon ends with honoring the university's most dedicated and cherishes teachers with awards. This year, the Department of Physics boasts two of its own, Professor Stephen Garoff and Special Lecturer Hael Collins, who have been bestowed with prestigious awards from the Mellon College of Science for their outstanding contributions for CMU's mission in student education.
Monday, December 04, 2017

Theory Frameworks Behind Black Hole and Neutron Star Collisions

The recent detection of gravitational waves has been a success that depended on a broad range of scientists spread across the globe. CMU was not directly involved in the LIGO experiment but has played interesting supporting roles, including leadership in one of the follow-up experiments, constructive advice on software development, and introducing a new, powerful way of predicting the signal from the spectacular events that produce gravitational waves.
Monday, October 16, 2017

A Good Month for Gravitational Wave Astronomy

October has been a very good month for gravitational waves. On the heels of the 2015 detection of gravitational waves by the LIGO collaboration, three pioneers in the field were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics on October 3. Two weeks later, the astronomy community is celebrating yet another stunning success with the announcement of multiple observations of a binary neutron star merger, detected first via the gravitational waves it emitted and thereafter in multiple electromagnetic bands.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Bennett-McWilliams Lecture 2017: Dan Akerib

Learn more about dark matter and the current state of the search for dark matter particles when Stanford Physicist Dan Akerib presents Carnegie Mellon University’s 5th Bennett-McWilliams Lecture in Cosmology, which is open to the general public, on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the Gates-Hillman Center’s Rashid Auditorium.
Friday, September 29, 2017

CMU Physics Partners with NIST to Promote Neutron Scattering in the Life Sciences

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced an award to CMU earlier this month supporting a Center of Excellence Initiative to promote neutron scattering in the life sciences through the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) Comprehensive Grant Program. The $2.5M award recognizes the long-standing activities of the Lösche group in the CMU Physics Department in the development and application of neutron scattering techniques in membrane biophysics and makes CMU a key partner of the NCNR in biological and biomedical research.
Thursday, September 28, 2017

CMU Physics Team Measures Gravitational Redshift of Galaxies

Einstein's theory of gravity, General Relativity works spectacularly well at the level of planets, stars and the solar system. But how can we test how well it works for larger objects like galaxies and even superclusters of galaxies? Astrophysicists at Carnegie Mellon found a way, measuring the frequency shift of light from massive galaxies due to gravity ("gravitational redshift"). Their results are consistent with Einstein's Theory and appear as a series of four papers in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Ben Hunt Wins DoE Early Career Award

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded Physics professor Benjamin Hunt a prestigious Early Career grant. The award will provide $750,000 over the next five years to study how layering different two-dimensional crystals (such as graphene and the magnetic insulator CrSiTe3) can lead to new, emergent properties in the composite layered structure. Hunt is an experimental condensed matter physicist and a member of the Quantum Electronics Group at Carnegie Mellon. He is generally interested in in the complex behavior that matter exhibits in the quantum limit: at low temperatures, in reduced dimensions (particularly, the properties of 2D electrons), and under large electric and magnetic fields.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Chasing the Secrets of Internal Cell Organization

The elasticity of lipid membranes principally rests on two physical degrees of freedom: membrane curvature and lipid tilt. Nearly twenty years ago, Hamm and Kozlov introduced a two-dimensional membrane model that extended Helfrich’s seminal curvature-elastic Hamiltonian to account for both membrane curvature and lipid tilt within a unified elastic framework. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University led by Physics Professor Markus Deserno have recognized a fundamental inconsistency in this widely accepted model and proposed a novel and more accurate theory in The Journal of Chemical Physics.
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.