Five things to know: Recent breakthrough in neutrino detection

Research by Joshua Klein of the School of Arts & Science and an international team has found a way to detect distant subatomic particles using water.


Annual Strings and Geometry conference at Penn

The annual Strings and Geometry conference, hosted by Penn, from March 6 - March 9, 2023. The conference is co-chaired by Mirjam Cvetic and Jonathan Heckman. It will center on topics in high energy theoretical physics and its intersection with geometry. The conference will take place in Widener Hall at the Penn Museum.


Robyn Sanderson named 2023 Sloan Research Fellow

Edgar Dobriban, Robyn E. Sanderson, and Ben Scholl are honored as early-career researchers and scholars for their accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become leaders in their fields.



Franklin Institute Award: Philip Kim

"Stacking van der Waals Atomic Layers: Quest for New Quantum Materials"

April 27, 2023
11:00am – 12:00pm

Glandt Forum
Singh Center for Nanotechnology
Also live via Zoom


Paul Heiney, Professor Emeritus of Physics, has published his new book, “Binary Stars, Liquid Crystals, and Neutrinos: The First 250 Years of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania”

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to announce that my book, “Binary Stars, Liquid Crystals, and Neutrinos:  The First 250 Years of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania” has been published and is now available at the link below (as well as and in both paperback (expensive) and e-book (cheap) forms.

I want to thank everyone in the department and beyond who helped me so much with this project.


Physicists are studying how living matter works, and find that it breaks the standard rules and produces fascinating new phenomena.


Wormhole-like dynamics

Researchers from Caltech recently claimed to have, for the first time, observed wormhole-like teleportation on a quantum computer. Penn Today spoke with two faculty members about the implications of this work to gain a better understanding of what it truly means to model a wormhole.