Carnegie Mellon University
Search this site only
Department of Physics
Department of Physics
› News & Events
What's new at CMU Physics?
• 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
• Dr. Njema Frazier (MCS'92) and Mark Gelfand (MCS'73) receive
2018 AlumNi Achievement Awards
More News Snippets
Alumni in the NEws
Most Recent News Stories
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.