Department of Physics and Astronomy News

Big South Fork hosting program to celebrate ‘blue moon’

Paul Lewis, director of UT’s planetarium and space science outreach, will lead an exploration of the blue moon–the second full moon in a calendar month–later this week. Lewis, along with rangers from the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will celebrate this occurrence during an 8:00 p.m. program July 31 at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.

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Teachers test egg drop, model rockets at UT aerospace workshop

Knoxville News Sentinel

The News Sentinel recently featured UT’s summer aerospace workshop that aims to help teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade bring STEM education into the classroom through hands-on activities such as egg drops, and building model planes and rockets. The paper also interviewed Paul Lewis, director of UT’s planetarium and space science outreach who teaches astronomy and model rocket

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Physics Professor Finds that Phonons Boost Superconductivity in Iron Selenides

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

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Physics Professor Wins a Third NSF CAREER Grant For Department

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

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