Building a Collection of Physics Videos on The Web

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The explosive growth of self-archiving tools like cell phones and digital cameras means that physics videos have taken off in the past ten years.  YouTube is a great destination for those who want to lose a couple hours one afternoon looking at fantastic physics-related videos from around the... Read More »

HIGS Plays Role in Nuclear Fusion Research

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
A team that’s working to develop nuclear fusion as a power source is relying on the HIGS (High Intensity Gamma Ray Source) at Duke to test gamma ray detectors needed for the project. Nuclear fission is already used to generate electricity in power plants around the world, but physicists are... Read More »

Alum Uses Physics to Detect Nuclear Weapons Testing

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Roger Byrd, PhD 1978, has spent 25 years at national laboratories in New Mexico designing and refining satellite instruments that detect nuclear weapons testing. “You don’t go to graduate school in nuclear test instrumentation,” Byrd says. But his doctoral research at TUNL in neutron physics opened... Read More »

Students Organize Surprise Birthday Party for Professor Emeritus Russell Roberson

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
On October 2, 2010, Professor Emeritus Russell Roberson was treated to a surprise 80th birthday party given by his former graduate students at the Millenium Hotel in Durham. Thirteen of the 23 doctoral students Roberson advised over his 35-year-career at Duke came to the party, from such far-flung... Read More »

Nobel Prize in Physics 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010
If you didn't catch it, read it here! This month The Nobel Prize in Physics 2010 was awarded jointly to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov "for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene." Read the full press release at

Undergraduate Studies Quantum Optics in the Lab

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Yu-Po “Ken” Wong, a junior physics major from Taiwan, has spent the last two summers working in Prof. Dan Gauthier’s optics lab. He’s studying the spontaneous down conversion, which is when a photon going through a crystal is changed into two lower frequency photons. The research has implications... Read More »

Alum wins Fellowship at Los Alamos National Lab

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Bryon Neufeld, PhD '09, has enjoyed his first year at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) in New Mexico.  Neufeld was recently awarded the Director's Fellowship Award, a competitive award given across all fields of science at LANL.  Below Neufeld writes about his research at LANL and the work... Read More »

Duke Grad Student, Postdoc win 1st and 2nd Prize in Photo Contest

Monday, September 27, 2010
Jie Ren's first place photo Physics graduate student Jie Ren and post doc Joshua Dijksman took first and second prize, respectively, in the Mahato Memorial Scientific Visualization Contest sponsored by Duke's engineering department. The contest honors the memory of engineering... Read More »

Website of the Month - Virtual Journal of QCD Matter

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Click here to view the Virtual Journal of QCD Matter. This site, moderated by 3 professors including our own Profs. Steffen Bass and Berndt Mueller, focuses on the Physics of the QGP and Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions. In addition to Bass and Mueller, William A. Zajc from Columbia University,... Read More »

Duke Alum Enjoys Twists and Turns in Career Path

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
In the 1950s, my high school principal told me that I had an obligation to help the United States win the space race.  His encouragement fueled my technical interests.  I majored in physics, earning a BS degree from Duke University, an MS from the University of Illinois, and the Ph.D.... Read More »