Prof. Marija Drndic is researching a technique to sequence genes by reading DNA bases as they translocate through a silicon nitride nanopore. As strands of DNA in a salt solution are driven through the pore by an applied electric field, the electric current passing through changes with the size of the base. This method could be essential for swift sequencing of genes and personalized medicine.
The evolution of foams in 2 and 3 dimensions has interested theorists and experimentalists for decades. Professor Doug Durian's group is developing apparatus to test theoretical laws on coarsening of foams on planar and curved surfaces.
Large Hadron Collider - ATLAS Higgs candidate event
An event captured by the ATLAS detector in the search for a Higgs boson decaying into two Z bosons, one of which goes into a pair of electrons and two muons (the two tracks shown in red). There is no way to tell if this particular event comes from a Higgs decay or simply from a background event such as one containing two Z bosons.
Jamming and the Glass Transition
Professor Andrea Liu's group studies the theory of jamming - the phenomenon wherein a system that normally flows much like a liquid (as with foams) become solid-like when subjected to shear stress.
High-Bay Space at DRL
This cube-shaped building sits just east of DRL. The high-bay provides faculty and students a facility for research, fabrication, and telescope display. The building has a 42 foot high ceiling, exposed structural steel framing, and a crane beam and glass sliding doors for moving large telescopes in and out. It was completed in January 2012.
Cullen Blake, Professor of Physics and
Astronomy, describes the discovery of Proxima Centauri b by a team led by Dr.
Guillem Anglada-Escudé of Queen Mary University in London. This Earth-like
planet is right in our own backyard, orbiting one of the closest stars to our
Sun. Blake hopes that with the help of a new generation of telescopes, we will
be able to learn amazing things about our new neighbor."
Thursday, December 8, the Physics and Astronomy Department will host the second
Annual Women in Physics Public Lecture, to be delivered by Prof. Alessandra
Buonanno, Director at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics. The event
is made possible by a Fund to Encourage Women grant.
Vijay Balasubramanian, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is a Principal Investigator in the “It from Qubit” project which includes institutions across the United States and in Canada, Israel, Japan, the United Kingdom and Argentina. The project is investigating the idea that the fabric of spacetime is knitted together by quantum entanglement. Utilizing the sciences of quantum computers and the study of space time and general relativity, Vijay hopes to discover the components that make up space time and decode the quantum nature of large-scale events in the cosmos.