Prof. Curtarolo and Postdoc Compiled "Cookbook"

Friday, December 2, 2011
Prof. Stefano Curtarolo and Shidong Wang, a postdoc in Curtarolo's lab, have a paper in the journal Physics Review X about a new materials "cookbook" they have compiled. The cookbook contains information to help scientists and engineers combine elements to create thermoelectric devices. "We have... Read More »

Ten Years Under the Stars

Thursday, December 1, 2011
The Duke Teaching Observatory was established in the fall of 2002 with funds from Provost of Arts and Sciences and the Physics Department. The Observatory is located in a clearing in the Duke Forest about 4.5 miles from West Campus. The observatory is an important part of the student experience in... Read More »

Two Great Places for Making Just About Anything: The Duke Physics Instrument Shop and the Staff Machine Shop

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
When in need of a custom-designed tissue press, a mouse-exposure chamber, an umbilical cord blood collector, photoelastic disks, or almost any other apparatus made of metal or plastic, those in the know turn to the Duke Physics Instrument Shop. “We do all types of plastic and metals works,” says... Read More »

Prof. Kruse Gives Invited Talk at Rutherford Centennial Colloquium at CERN, Geneva

Monday, November 28, 2011
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Ernest Rutherford's discovery of the atomic nucleus using alpha-particle scattering experiments. The event was celebrated at CERN in Switzerland on November 15 by an afternoon colloquium, which was webcast live worldwide. The full program of talks can... Read More »

TUNL Outreach Activities Update

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Submitted by Prof. Calvin Howell - The Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) is involved with activities associated with the Nuclear Science Merit Badge of the Boy Scouts of America. As part of this outreach to young people, TUNL offers science presentations, hands-on activities and... Read More »

Physics Department Holds First Music Recital

Monday, November 21, 2011
On November 2, about fifty people attended the Physics Department's first Music Recital, which provided an opportunity for students, staff, faculty, and friends of the Physics Department to perform a variety of pieces spanning classical music to folk music to electronic music to jazz. The... Read More »

Petters Featured on Duke Research Blog

Friday, November 18, 2011
Prof. Arlie Petters (primary appointment: Mathematics) was featured on Duke Research Blog in a story by Ashley Yeager "Prescription lens brings spinning black holes into focus." You can read the story by clicking here.

Graduate Student Yingyi Zhang Wins Award in Mahato Photo Contest

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
NOTE: SOME LINKS HAVE BECOME BROKEN DUE TO WEBSITE REDESIGN Graduate student Yingyi Zhang has won the People’s Choice Award in the 2011 Mahato Memorial Event Photo Contest sponsored by the Pratt School of Engineering and the Duke Graduate School. Zhang’s photo shows the red fluorescent light... Read More »

Grad student Mehta travels to Switzerland for conference, visit to CERN

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
In September, graduate student Abhiji Mehta travelled to Lausanne, Switzerland to attend a workshop on Continuum Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) Methods sponsored by CECAM (the Centre européen de calcul atomique et moléculaire) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.  His travel was... Read More »

Prof. Charbonneau published in Physical Review Letters

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Prof. Patrick Charbonneau has a new paper in Physical Review Letters titled "Glass Transition and Random Close Packing above Three Dimensions." Click here to read the abstract. Click here to read an article on the Duke Research website about Charbonneau's paper.