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Atomically thin magnetic device could lead to new memory technologies
Magnetic materials are the backbone of modern digital information technologies, such as hard-disk storage. A University of Washington-led team has now taken this one step further by encoding information using magnets that are just a few layers of...
Added: 5/3/2018

Designing and Growing Quantum Materials for Energy and Information Technology
Jiun-Haw Chu, Washington Research Foundation Innovation Assistant Professor of Clean Energy & Physics, was recently awarded $1.2 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) initiative in support...
Added: 4/12/2018

After 30 years of R&D, breakthrough announced in dark matter detection technology, definitive search to begin for axion particles
Forty years ago, scientists theorized a new kind of low-mass particle that could solve one of the enduring mysteries of nature: what dark matter is made of. Now a new chapter in the search for that particle has begun. This week, the Axion Dark Matter..
Added: 4/9/2018

Underground neutrino experiment sets the stage for deep discovery about matter
If equal amounts of matter and antimatter had formed in the Big Bang more than 13 billion years ago, they would have annihilated one other upon meeting — and today’s universe would be full of energy but no matter to form stars, planets and life...
Added: 3/26/2018

Quest for Dark Matter (Leslie Rosenberg)

Added: 3/19/2018

A Quantum Leap
UW doctoral student Natalie Klco was curious about quantum computing, so she enrolled in a graduate course in the Physics Department about the emerging field. Less than two years later, she’s at the forefront of quantum computing research, and the...
Added: 3/13/2018

Hybrid optics bring color imaging using ultrathin metalenses into focus
In a paper published Feb. 9 in Science Advances, scientists at the University of Washington announced that they have successfully combined two different imaging methods — a type of lens designed for nanoscale interaction with lightwaves, along with...
Added: 2/12/2018

An Exotic State of Matter Discovered in 2-D Material
After flaking a single layer of tungsten ditelluride off a larger crystal, scientists used it in a specially designed transistor. The transistor allowed electrical transport measurements. In the experiments, electrical current moved only at the edges..
Added: 1/22/2018

Searching for the Dark: The Hunt for Axions
The Axion Dark Matter Experiment just entered the most sensitive phase yet in its search for invisible particles to explain the universe's hidden mass... The cosmos is mostly made of something we cannot see. That was the...
Added: 12/20/2017

How a 'Jelly Doughnut' May Explain Why the Universe Exists
Jason Detwiler is an assistant professor of physics at the University of Washington, and he’s on the hunt for a natural phenomenon that is insanely rare. It's a specific reaction called neutrinoless double-beta decay -- a term so egg-headed that...
Added: 11/8/2017

UW researchers mark first detection of gravitational waves from collision of two neutron stars
About 130 million years ago in the distant galaxy, two neutron stars spiraled toward each other and merged. This violent event initiated ripples in the fabric of spacetime — gravitational waves — which propagated through space at the speed of light...
Added: 10/20/2017

UW researchers mark first detection of gravitational waves from collision of two neutron stars
About 130 million years ago in the distant galaxy, two neutron stars spiraled toward each other and merged. This violent event initiated ripples in the fabric of spacetime — gravitational waves ...
Added: 10/17/2017

Scientists discover a 2-D magnet
A team led by the University of Washington and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has for the first time discovered magnetism in the 2-D world of monolayers, or materials that are formed by a single atomic layer. The findings, published June 8..
Added: 6/7/2017

Remembering Ernest Henley, physicist and UW College of Arts & Sciences dean emeritus
Ernest Mark Henley, a celebrated nuclear physicist and University of Washington administrator, died on March 27, 2017, at age 92. Henley’s research career began in the postwar era as physicists sought to understand how the universe’s fundamental...
Added: 4/17/2017

Physicist Hans Dehmelt, the first UW professor to win a Nobel Prize, dies
Hans Georg Dehmelt was the first professor at the University of Washington to win a Nobel Prize, honored for helping create an elegant, precise technique to trap charged atomic particles so they could be studied and measured in near isolation...
Added: 3/27/2017

Hans Dehmelt — Nobel laureate and UW professor emeritus — has died at age 94
Hans Georg Dehmelt, Nobel physics laureate and professor emeritus at the University of Washington, died in Seattle on March 7, 2017, after a long illness. He was 94 years old. Dehmelt was a celebrated scientist who, in a research career spanning...
Added: 3/21/2017

Professors Majumdar and Xu Discover an Important First Step Towards Building Electrically Pumped Nano-Lasers
When an individual uses Facebook or searches Google, the information processing happens in a large data center. Short distance optical interconnects can improve the performance of these data centers. Current systems utilize electrons, which could...
Added: 1/26/2017

In Stockholm ceremony, UW professor emeritus David Thouless receives Nobel Physics Prize
Days of festivities for the 2016 Nobel Prizes culminated on Dec. 10 with an award ceremony and banquet in Stockholm hosted by the Nobel Foundation and the Swedish Royal Family. On stage at Stockholm Concert Hall before an audience of dignitaries and...
Added: 12/14/2016

Three scientists working in the United States awarded Nobel Prize in Physics
The Physics Department is proud to announce that David Thouless (University of Washington) shares this year's Nobel Prize with Duncan Haldane (Princeton) and Michael Kosterlitz (Brown University) ”for theoretical discoveries of topological phase tr...
Added: 10/4/2016

Professors Fu and Majumdar Receive $2 Million NSF EFRI Grant to Advance Secure Communicatons Research
Electrical Engineering and Physics Assistant Professors Kai-Mei Fu and Arka Majumdar received a four-year, $2 million Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their project entitled:...
Added: 8/8/2016

UW researchers unleash graphene ‘tiger’ for more efficient optoelectronics
In the quest to harvest light for electronics, the focal point is the moment when photons — light particles — encounter electrons, those negatively-charged subatomic particles that form the basis of our modern electronic lives. If conditions are...
Added: 5/13/2016

Four UW scientists awarded Sloan Fellowships for early-career research
Four faculty members at the University of Washington have been awarded early-career fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The new Sloan Fellows, announced Feb. 23, include Bingni Brunton, assistant professor of biology; Christopher Laumann..
Added: 2/24/2016

UW scientists create ultrathin semiconductor heterostructures for new technological applications
Heterostructures formed by different three-dimensional semiconductors form the foundation for modern electronic and photonic devices. Now, University of Washington scientists have successfully combined two different ultrathin semiconductors — each...
Added: 2/12/2016

Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction
For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general...
Added: 2/11/2016

UW-based "Project 8" experiment recognized as a top ten "Breakthrough of the Year"
To the Project 8 collaboration, for measuring the cyclotron radiation from individual electrons emitted during the beta decay of krypton-83. This radiation is emitted as the electron passes through a magnetic field, and allows the team to make a very..
Added: 12/22/2015

After Nobel win, neutrino endeavors snag Breakthrough Prize in Physics
Neutrinos may be small, but when it comes to prizes, they pack quite a punch. In October, it was announced that two scientists who headed international projects to study these miniscule, seemingly ephemeral subatomic particles will share the Nobel...
Added: 11/20/2015

UW physicists celebrate contribution to Nobel-winning neutrino discoveries
At 2:45 a.m. on Oct. 6, bleary-eyed Nobel Prize enthusiasts on the West Coast were treated to an unexpected lesson about fundamental particles and forces in our universe. Across the globe in Stockholm, a panel of scientists announced that the 2015...
Added: 10/12/2015

Cleaning Up After Einstein: A new generation of physicists hope to succeed where Einstein failed
Leslie Rosenberg's attempt to understand the universe resembles a makeshift home hot-water heater tank, capped with some wires and shoved into a large, underground refrigerator. The experiment, housed in a laboratory adjacent to his office at the...
Added: 9/28/2015

A new single-molecule tool to observe enzymes at work
A team of scientists at the University of Washington and the biotechnology company Illumina have created an innovative tool to directly detect the delicate, single-molecule interactions between DNA and enzymatic proteins. Their approach provides a...
Added: 9/28/2015

Cooled down and charged up, a giant magnet is ready for its new mission
The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory — or Fermilab — announced that a 680-ton superconducting magnet is secure in its new home and nearly ready for a new era of discovery in particle physics. This achievement follows the delicate, 3,200-mile...
Added: 9/24/2015