Rapid movement and entropy of DNA molecules through nanopores

Penn-Columbia collaboration featured on the cover of ACS Nano

Single-stranded DNA recorded at 10 MHz bandwidth through nanopores in glass chips.

Can neutrinos help explain what’s the matter with antimatter?

Results of a new study will help physicists establish a cutting-edge neutrino research facility to study some of the most abundant yet least understood particles in the universe.


Congratulations to Prof. Vijay Balasubramanian, who has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, in the Division of Particles and Fields.

His citation reads: "For fundamental contributions clarifying the black hole information puzzle and black hole thermodynamics through work on the duality of quantum gravity and quantum field theory, and on black hole microscopics in theories of quantum gravity."

Congratulations Vijay!

Physics and Astronomy Postponed Exam

The Physics and Astronomy Postponed exam will be on Tuesday, August 27, 6:00-8:00, David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

In search of signals from the early universe

Penn astronomers are part of an international collaboration to construct the Simons Observatory, a new telescope that will search the skies in a quest to learn more about the formation of the universe.

In Memorium: John Schrieffer

Former Physics faculty member, John Schrieffer, passed away on July 27th at the age of 88.  Prof.

Congratulations to Prof. Liang Wu, who has been chosen as the recipient of the 2019 William McMillan Award, for outstanding contributions in condensed matter physics

This award (which Prof. Wu will share with Prof. Barry Bradlyn of the University of Illinois) is presented annually to a condensed matter physicist for distinguished research performed within five years of receiving a PhD. 

In Prof. Wu’s case, the award is given “for novel terahertz and optical spectroscopy experiments on topological insulators and semimetals.”

Congratulations to the Roy and Diana Vagelos Science Challenge Award 2019/2020 Recipients

Adam Alghalith,* ’20, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Physics
Adam Konkol, ’21, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Physics
Grace Ringlein,* ’20, Physics
Adithya Sriram, ’20, Biophysics, Physics, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Irene Su,* ’20, Biochemistry, Biophysics
Srinivas Mandyam,* ’20, Biophysics, Mathematics, Physics