Department of Physics and Astronomy News

Steiner Research Highlighted by Los Alamos National Laboratory

The Los Alamos National Laboratory recently featured research conducted by Andrew Steiner, UT-ORNL joint faculty assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, in a post about how elements on the periodic table are produced.

News Sentinel Interviews Lindsay about Smoke and the Supermoon

East Tennesseans were able to see the supermoon this week, but your view may have been clouded by smoke from area fires. The Knoxville News Sentinel spoke with Sean Lindsay, astronomy coordinator in UT’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, about how the smoke affected the color of the moon.

Ask a Physicist Facebook Live with Department of Physics Faculty

Department of Physics faculty members Sowjanya Gollapinni and Yuri Efremenko will be hosting an “Ask a Physicist” Facebook Live question and answer session at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 2, on the UT Knoxville Facebook account. Their Facebook Live session is titled “The Ghostly Neutrinos.”

Second Annual Physics Pumpkin Drop October 28

The Society of Physics Students will host its second annual pumpkin drop on Friday, October 28. The event will begin at 4 p.m. on McClung Plaza beside the Humanities and Social Sciences Building with student organization booths and hands-on science demonstrations.

Tennessee Gets a Place at the Table with Newest Element: Tennessine

One of the newest members of the periodic table will likely have a familiar sound to it, even if the spelling might be a bit off: Tennessine. Proposed as a nod to researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University, and UT who helped confirm its existence, element 117 would be only the second to be named for a state. Since the name Tennessee has its origins in the name of the Cherokee village of Tanasi, it also becomes the first element with Native American roots.