Jon Levin, a gifted teacher and director of the undergraduate physics program, passed away last weekend. He was 63.
Department of Physics and Astronomy News
A breakthrough between ORNL and UT could lead to a giant leap in computing.
A study led by UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory could soon pay dividends in the development of materials with energy-related applications.
It’s rare that additional fees are welcome, but as physicist Steven Johnston and his colleagues suggest, sometimes they can actually be a pleasant surprise, according to a new study published in Nature Communications.
Nuclear theorists from UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are among the researchers who have found that Calcium-52 doesn’t quite have the magic scientists once thought.
A UT physicist has been instrumental in the discovery of four new super-heavy chemical elements—atomic numbers 113, 115, 117, and 118—recently added to the periodic table. Robert Grzywacz, along with collaborators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, developed the software used in the equipment that detects the new elements and helps analyze data from the experiments.
When UT’s physicists got involved in neutrino physics by joining the KamLAND (Kamioka Liquid Scintillator Anti-Neutrino Detector) experiment in 1997, they weren’t looking for financial gain. Yet with the experiment’s recent selection for the Breakthrough Awards Fundamental Physics prize, their efforts will, quite literally, pay off.
An international team led by joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory faculty used America’s most powerful supercomputer, Titan, to calculate the neutron distribution and related observables of calcium-48, an isotope with an atomic nucleus consisting of twenty protons and twenty-eight neutrons. Computing the nucleus revealed that the difference between the radii of neutron and proton distributions—called the “neutron skin”—is considerably smaller than previously thought.
The Society of Physics Students dropped pumpkins frozen with liquid nitrogen from a height of 80 feet Friday near the Humanities and Social Sciences building as part of some Halloween fun. The event focused on science engagement and literacy. Several local media outlets covered the story.
Three UT physicists are drawing on their expertise in quantum mechanics to help solve a twenty-first century problem: keeping digital information safe at sea.