• Vijay Balasubramanian Named Lasry Professor

    Dr. Vijay Balasubramanian has been named the Cathy and Marc Lasry Professor of Physics & Astronomy. His research focuses on basic questions concerning the nature of space and time. His other interests include string theory, particle physics, high energy physics and neuroscience. He teaches the capstone course for the computational neuroscience minor in the Biological Basis of Behavior program and, in addition to his appointment in the physics & astronomy department, is an associate professor of neuroscience in the department of neuroscience in the Perelman School of Medicine.

  • 2012-2013 Dean's Scholars

    Congratulations to our Physics Majors who have been named Dean's Scholars for the 2012-2013 Academic Year:

    Priyanka Anand, Sarah Foster and Colin Fadzen

  • Penn Physics Research Enhances Studies of Human Perception

    Two graduate students from the Living Matter lab of Dr. Vijay Balasubramanian have moved into research on human perception. John Briguglio examines whether our sensory apparatus is tailored to our natural environment-- specifically, the textures of the natural landsape of Botswana.

  • Penn Physics Professor Finds Light under the Sea

    Penn Physics and Astronomy Assistant Professor Alison Sweeney's research on undersea biooptics may have implications for solar energy and the development of biofuels. As reported on the SASFrontiers website, Sweeney's research indicates that proteins in mollusc shells, called reflectins, help propagate solar energy underwater to optimize photosynthesis in algae colonies.

  • Penn Physicists Help Show Math Behind Growth of "Coffee Rings"

    Physicists Arjun Yodh and D.J. Durian and their groups explore how particles stack up as they reach an evaporating drop's edge. The different particles make smoother or rougher deposition profiles depending on their shape.

    Read more about this work in:

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  • Penn Humanities Forum

    David Spergel, the Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy at Princeton University, is giving the Penn Humanities Forum lecture today at the Rainey Auditorium of the Penn Museum at 5pm.  The title is "The Edges of the Visible Universe".  Pre-registration is required.

  • Emeritus Professor Al Mann

    Emeritus Professor of Physics Alfred K. Mann passed away on Jan. 13.  Prof. Mann was one of the 3 original members of the Penn Experimental High Energy Physics group and played crucial roles in a number of neutrino physics experiments.  His funeral will be held Wed., Jan 16th at 10:15am at the Bringhurst Funeral Home, West Laurel Hill cemetery in Bala Cynwyd.

  • Penn Physicists Help Create ‘Recipe Book’ for Building New Materials

  • Penn Team Making Waves

    A team of Penn researchers, including Prof. Randy Kamien, have shown that they can manipulate defects at the top of a stack of layers of  liquid crystals using a physical template at the bottom of the crystals.  Their template sheet might be used as a template to assemble other molecules or use heat to modify the template sheet and hence the pattern of defects in a subtle way rather than the use of electrical fields to modify the pattern of defects as is typically done.

  • Charlie Kane nominee for Fundamental Physics Prize

    On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the Fundamental Physics Prize Selection Committee announced that a group consisting of Charlie Kane, Laurens Molenkamp of the University of Wuerzburg in Germany, and Shoucheng Zhang of Stanford have won the 2013 Physics Frontier Prize.  This makes them automatic nominees for the 2013 Fundamental Physics Prize of $3M to be announced on March 20, 2013 at CERN.  The nomination is for work on "topological insulators".