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Duke Physics In the News & Department Achievements

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
NOTE: LINKS HAVE BECOME BROKEN DUE TO SITE REDESIGN We have added two new sections to the Duke Physics News Site: Duke Physics In the News is a collection of notes referring to mentions of Duke Physics in the media, and Department Achievements is a list of brief news items about people... Read More »

Faculty Research Update - Gauthier and Boyd receive Grant for Quantum Communication Study

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Prof. Daniel Gauthier (Duke Physics) and Prof. Robert Boyd (Institute of Optics, University of Rochester) have just been awarded a grant to study quantum communication protocols that encode information in the transverse profile of an optical beam. Specifically, they are investigating encoding... Read More »

Faculty Research Update - Physicist as Brain Scientist

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Duke Professor Henry Greenside is a theoretical physicist who studies how the brain works. He says, “The brain is so complicated we need to approach it from various angles. The thing a physicist brings to bear is the belief that if you push hard enough there will be some understanding. Physicists... Read More »

Alumni Profile - Scott Wilburn at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
As a graduate student at TUNL, Scott Wilburn '93 made precision measurements with neutrons in order to study the interactions of polarized neutrons and polarized protons. Today, he’s using similar techniques at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, but with lower-energy neutrons, and... Read More »

Department Research Update - Duke Physicists at the LHC

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Professor Mark Kruse spent November 29-December 3 at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. “The atmosphere there is pretty incredible right now,” he says. “Everyone’s getting very excited. The beam is circulating and they’ve managed to produce proton-proton collisions in the last few days—at... Read More »

Welcome to the December Newsletter for Duke Physics

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
NOTE: LINKS HAVE BECOME BROKEN DUE TO SITE REDESIGN With this issue we are announcing Duke Physics' new online presence on what some term "the social web" - the collection of websites (like Facebook, Flickr, and LinkedIn) where hundreds of millions of people across the world connect... Read More »

Research Update - Duke Prof Sets Up Supernova Alert

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
We haven’t seen a supernova in our galaxy since 1604. “We’re really due for one,” says Duke physicist Kate Scholberg. To make sure that scientists get the most out of the next event, Scholberg started the SuperNova Early Warning System (SNEWS), a program that will notify thousands of professional... Read More »

Alumni Profile - Duke Alum Designs Better PV Cells at NASA's GRC

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Duke alum Sheila Brown Bailey has spent the last 24 years working on solar cells at the NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. “My job basically is to make a better solar cell, meaning one that is more efficient or that lasts longer or is cheaper to make,” she says. “Right now I’m doing some... Read More »

Graduate Student News - Physics Grad Students Create DukeChina.org

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Duke Physics attracts students and researchers from all over the world. In fact, Duke Physics graduate students represent 17 countries.  Five years ago, two Chinese graduate students saw a need to offer support and information to other Chinese students considering Duke—not just for physics... Read More »

Research Update - Friction, Fruit, and Flow

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
 Visiting professor Jackie Krim, who is at Duke on sabbatical from North Carolina State University, studies nanoscale tribology, and Duke professor Bob Behringer is an expert on granular and fluid flows. They recently applied their knowledge of the behavior of granular materials in motion to... Read More »

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