By combining optical measurements with ultrasound, researchers were able to study oxygen levels in the placenta, paving the way for a better understanding of this complex, crucial organ.
Professor Andreas Albrecht (University of California, Davis): In 1982, while a grad student at Penn, my advisor and I wrote a paper that has since become very famous. We helped to invent a new theory describing the very beginning of the Universe. The resulting “Cosmic Inflation theory” has become the dominant tool cosmologists use to understand the very beginning, and to interpret the vast (and ever growing) quantities of data depicting the state of the cosmos.
The technology, developed by Arnold Mathijssen of the School of Arts & Sciences and colleagues, could one day clear blockages in blood vessels or precisely target chemotherapy drugs to a tumor.
Penn physicist Elliot Lipeles reflects on the past, present, and future of physics, from the discovery of the Higgs boson to theories about new subatomic particles.
Herbert B. Callen Memorial Prize
Sean Ridout - "For his results providing a new theoretical approach to the connection between local structure and glassy dynamics, as well as the connection between such phenomena in low dimensions with exact mean field theories.”
Vijay Balasubramanian investigates whether the fabric of the universe might be built from information, and what it means that physicists can even ask such a question.