The focal plane of the DEcam - the camera for the Dark Energy Survey.
Penn Summer Science Academy in Experimental Physics
PSSA - Experimental Physics is a four week program that focuses on modern physics with an emphasis on hands-on experience and laboratory work. There is no requirement of a previous physics course, although typically about half of our students have taken one prior to attending PSSA.
Euclid Mission to Explore Dark Energy
Euclid is an ESA mission to map the geometry of the dark Universe. The mission will investigate the distance-redshift relationship and the evolution of cosmic structures. Penn researchers are part of the Euclid science team.
Dark Energy Survey
The Dark Energy Survey (DES) uses a 570-Megapixel digital camera at the Blanco 4-meter telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in the Chilean Andes to probe the origin of the accelerating universe. Penn scientists are among the 120 scientists from 23 institutions in the US, UK, Brazil, and Germany working on the project slated for first light in Fall 2012.
CNT Transistor with Antibodies
Prof. Charlie Johnson's lab has produced new experiments demonstrating that carbon nanotube transistors (CNT) can detect minute quantities of biomarkers of diseases in less time than conventional methods. Antibodies attached to CNT on a silicon chip change the electrical properties of the chip upon antibody-antigen binding hence detecting disease biomarkers.
Katifori and Postdoctoral Fellow Henrik Ronellenfitsch, collaborate to develop
a new model to understand how the growth of the embedding tissue
influences the development of the network it contains. The model predicts that
as the tissue grows, a hierarchal network develops in stages that resemble the
ones found in the human body as well as in plant leaves. The evolved network is
close to a global optimum for transport efficiency showcasing that nature can
find the best solution to a complicated problem using only simple rules.