Department of Physics and Astronomy News

Science Mag Quotes Jones About Gold’s Cosmic Origins

Last month, astronomers wowed the world when they announced that they had seen two neutron stars merge, apparently creating heavy elements such as gold and platinum and spewing them into space. Nuclear physicists at Michigan State University are building an atom smasher, the $730 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, that could decipher exactly how

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Inside Science Quotes Astrophysicist Guidry on Multi-Messenger Events

In October, scientists announced the first observation of a cosmic event with both gravitational waves and light. As reported by Inside Science, the detection of this event with both gravitational waves and light is an example of what scientists call multi-messenger astronomy. UT astrophysicist Mike Guidry says, “Multi-messenger events are really the holy grail, with

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Latest LIGO News Sends Waves through UT Physics

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.

Science Mag Uses Efremenko Neutrino Discovery As Cover Story

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

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Eclipse 2017: What You Need to Know About Safety

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.