When the next generation of high performance computing comes to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, UT’s physicists will be working on the first projects that put its power to work.
Department of Physics and Astronomy News
Thomas Papenbrock, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society, the leading organization of physicists.
Assistant Professor Steven Johnston and his colleagues have found that given the right environment, an underdog superconductor can set records. The results of those efforts were published November 13 in a Nature Letter entitled “Interfacial mode coupling as the origin of the enhancement of Tc in FeSe films on SrTiO3.” To read more about the
Like other living creatures, bacteria guarantee their future by passing down DNA to their children. E. coli are tremendously gifted at this, typically splitting down the middle into two daughter cells and providing each with a full set of chromosomes.
Haidong Zhou, an assistant professor in physics and astronomy, is not a scientist who is easily daunted by frustration. In fact, his latest research deals with materials that have frustration built right in. The project, titled “Emergent Quantum Spin-Liquid in Yb-Pyrochlores and Yb-Spinels,” begins August 1 of this year and lasts for five years. The
Scientists, including a group of UT faculty and students, on the world’s longest-distance neutrino experiment have announced that they have seen their first neutrinos. Neutrinos are abundant in nature, but they very rarely interact with other matter. Studying them could yield crucial information about the early moments of the universe.
When it comes to neutron stars, there really is more going on beneath the surface than you might suspect. Associate Physics Professor William R. (Raph) Hix and his colleagues have recently found a layer inside the crust of these stars that actually cools them down instead of heating them up, challenging common scientific perceptions.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in physics to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for their research on what has come to be called the Higgs field, which gives elementary particles mass. The UT High Energy Physics group has been part of the hunt for the Higgs boson since 2006, working with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
Nanowire networks have become very common in electronic devices. But given their scale, they can be tricky to make. Working with physics professor Hanno Weitering, graduate student Saban Hus set out to develop a new way to grow ultrathin wires in which the wires grow with equal distances between them. This can help streamline the process of making integrated circuits.
Witold Nazarewicz, James McConnell Distinguished Professor of Physics, has been selected as a 2013 UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow. The rank of corporate fellow –among Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s highest honors—recognizes the researchers’ significant accomplishments and continuing leadership in their scientific, engineering and technological fields.