It was an event 130 million years in the making yet marked by the speed of light. On October 16 scientists announced they had, for the first time, detected both gravitational waves and light resulting from the collision of neutron stars. The discovery figures heavily into the work of several UT physicists.
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Science magazine featured as its cover story the neutrino discovery of a team of scientists including Yuri Efremenko, a professor of physics. After more than a year of operation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the COHERENT experiment, using the world’s smallest neutrino detector, found a big fingerprint of the elusive, electrically neutral particles that interact only weakly
UT astronomer Paul Lewis explains to WBIR what you may have seen if you took any photos during the solar eclipse.
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This summer, national and local media have drawn upon the expertise of UT faculty members to learn about this phenomenon and to help the public prepare to view it safely.
Several local outlets highlighted a UT aerospace workshop that showed educators fun ways to bring STEM education into the classroom through hands-on activities.
T minus 18 days. On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse—when the disk of the moon completely covers the sun—will be visible in the United States along a path from central Oregon through Tennessee and on to South Carolina.
Next month, one of the most amazing celestial sights will pass through East Tennessee. The community is invited to attend UT’s Solar Sun Day to prepare for viewing the total eclipse. The event will be held 3 to 4:30 p.m. this Sunday, July 23, on the roof of the Nielsen Physics Building, 1408 Circle Drive.
On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse—when the disk of the moon completely covers the sun—will be visible in the United States along a path that is 2,500 miles long and 70 miles wide, from central Oregon through Tennessee and on to South Carolina.
Jian Liu, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will present his lecture “Condensed Matter Physics: a Diverse Society of Electrons” at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29.