Professor Randall Kamien studies the physics and mathematics of kirigami — an extension of origami that allows cutting holes into the paper. By treating the sheet of paper as a two-dimensional crystalline lattice, the folds, cuts, and pleats, can be understood in terms of topological defects in the underlying structure.
Prof. Vijay Balasubramanian's research includes studies of structural and functional organization of the retina with multi-electrode arrays that record retinal ganglion cells. He also studies computational principles that underlie the organization of circuits in the early visual system.
Antibody Functionalized Sensor
Schematic of an antibody-functionalized graphene FET sensor. Prof. Charlie Johnson functionalizes a graphene strip with an antibody to a Lyme disease biomarker protein. The insulating substrate is shown in pink. When antigen molecules bind to the antibody, the electrical characteristics of the FET are altered.
Reflective Self-Assembling Proteins
Prof. Alison Sweeney studies the biophysical properties of reflectin - a highly reflective and self-organizing squid protein found in cephalopods like the Hawaiian Bobtail squid shown here.
Microfluidic channel in place for video microscopy.
Right: Schematic of microchannel, and example velocity profiles superposed on an actual image of the colloidal NIPA suspension.
From the labs of Profs. Doug Durian and Jerry Golub
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.
Masao Sako and Gary Bernstein
of Physics and Astronomy and Physics majors Paul Chichura, Paulina Destarac,
Tongtian Liu, William Saunders, and Tarmily Wen, have found a dwarf planet
candidate in our Solar System using data from the Dark Energy Survey.
This object is currently 8.5 billion miles
away, making it the second farthest known member of the Solar System.
The analysis of the measurement of its size is underway.