The Duke University Physics Department: Six Big Questions

Monday, August 29, 2011
Physics is a mature and evolving scientific discipline, which has witnessed many breakthroughs. In the 21st century, physics is poised for more discoveries and breakthroughs, many of which will come out of interdisciplinary research and teaching. In the last several years, faculty in our department... Read More »

T2K Result Published in PRL

Thursday, August 25, 2011
The recent result of the T2K experiment has now been published in Physics Review Letters and was also selected for a Viewpoint article. Read the article "Indication of Electron Neutrino Appearance from an Accelerator-Produced Off-Axis Muon Neutrino Beam" here and the Viewpoint here.

Grad Student Mueller Wins DNDO Award

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Graduate student Jon Mueller has received the Inaugural Best Student Presentation Award for his presentation at the annual Domestic Nuclear Detection (DNDO) Academic Research Initiative (ARI) Grantees Conference. April’s meeting of the DNDO was the first year that graduate students were able to... Read More »

New Faculty Positions

Monday, August 22, 2011
l-r: Profs. Richard Palmer, Haiyan Gao and Daniel GauthierAs we start the new school year several faculty are beginning new positions in the department. This summer Prof. Dan Gauthier stepped down as Chairperson after a five year term and Prof. Richard Palmer stepped down as Director of Graduate... Read More »

Chang and Gao attend 7th Joint Meeting of Chinese Physicists Worldwide

Friday, August 19, 2011
Earlier this month Profs. Albert Chang and Haiyan Gao attended an extremely successful conference, the 7th Joint Meeting of Chinese Physicists Worldwide - International Conference on Physics Education and Frontier Physics. At the last plenary session on Education where Prof. Chang spoke, more than... Read More »

New ATLAS paper submitted by Kotwal's team

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
At the LHC, Prof. Ashutosh Kotwal is heading up the ATLAS experiment's research team on searches for Zprime bosons. In August this ATLAS group submitted a new paper on this research to Physical Review Letters. This is the world's most sensitive search for Zprime bosons, which are new kinds of... Read More »

Duke Alum Works at the Intersection of Physics and Sociology

Monday, August 15, 2011
What’s an alumnus of the Duke Physics department doing as a post-doc in the sociology department at the University of Chicago? Ask Jacob Foster ’03, who is doing just that. “Many of the most interesting and challenging problems for people who want to work on complex systems are in the social... Read More »

Duke Undergrads Spend Summer at LHC

Friday, August 12, 2011
Seven undergraduates from the Duke Physics department spent time this summer working and learning at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland: Alex Bodel, Alejandro Cortese, Will DiClemente, Laura Dodd, Andrew Ferante, Josh Loyal, and Zongjin Qian. In addition four... Read More »

Alum Sally Dawson joins APS leadership team

Thursday, August 11, 2011
Alumna Sally Dawson (B.S. Physics and Mathematics, 1977) of Brookhaven National Laboratory was elected by APS members as the chair-elect of the nominating committee for the new term beginning January 1, 2012. The election results may be found here and Dr. Dawson's biography and statement here.

Duke Physics at PANIC 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Prof. Haiyan Gao at PANIC11 | Photo courtesy of Justin Knight PhotographyThe 19th Particles and Nuclei International Conference (PANIC11) is taking place this week in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from Sunday July 24th through Friday July 29th 2011.... Read More »