Department of Physics and Astronomy News

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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NOvA experiment sees first long-distance neutrinos

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.

Physics Research Finds a Cooling Mechanism in Neutron Stars

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.