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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

‘Stable beams’ achieved: Large Hadron Collider at CERN research facility begins recording data
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European research facility, on June 2 started recording data from the highest-energy particle collisions ever achieved on Earth. Its operators announced they had achieved “stable beams,” or trains of proton...
Added: 6/4/2015

Physicists conduct most precise measurement yet of interaction between atoms and carbon surfaces
A team led by David Cobden at the University of Washington have conducted the most precise and controlled measurements yet of the interaction between the atoms and molecules that comprise air and the type of carbon surface used in battery electrodes...
Added: 5/28/2015

'What Could Be More Fascinating?' Director of I-LABS MEG Facility
Learn how Samu Taulu went from an early interest in math and physics to becoming a world leader in MEG technology...
Added: 5/7/2015

UW apparatus measures single electron’s radiation to try to weigh a neutrino
University of Washington physicists are part of a team that made a step forward in their efforts to pin down the mass of a neutrino, an elusive subatomic particle that played a role in the formation of the universe. A paper published this month in...
Added: 4/29/2015

Reverse-Causality Research Ends in a Quantum Muddle
One of the longest-running and weirdest examples of a crowdfunded scientific experiment is finally reaching the end of the road, and the results will come as a disappointment to anyone who wishes the "Back to the Future" movies could really happen:...
Added: 4/10/2015

The Future of Small. This is the first in a new public lecture series entitled Our Universe: From the Quantum World to Cosmology..
Over fifty years ago, the physicist Richard Feynman gave a remarkably prescient talk about the coming revolution in miniaturization. For the next half a century, the ever-shrinking integrated circuit brought his dreams to fruition in the realms of...
Added: 3/26/2015

A nanolaser using a single atomic sheet
UW Physics Associate Professor Xiaodong Xu and collaborators have built a new nanometer-sized laser — using the thinnest semiconductor available today — that is energy efficient, easy to build and compatible with existing electronics.
Added: 3/26/2015

Professor Lillian C. McDermott to speak at University Faculty Lecture on February 19 at 7 pm
Title - Improving the Learning and Teaching of Science Through Discipline-Based Education Research: A View from Physics
Added: 2/10/2015

Dark conversation: Webcast to explore the hunt for dark matter
As you might guess from the name, dark matter is quite elusive. Its particles make up about one-quarter of the mass of the universe and as much as 85 percent of all matter. But it apparently does not interact with light or other matter and so it’s...
Added: 11/20/2014

Is Life an Illusion?
Do you ever wonder about the meaning of life, and in particular your life? Well, of course you do, but maybe you should ease up on the angst. There are academics who say you don't have a life. You're just an app. This disconcerting idea has been...
Added: 10/13/2014

Scientists craft a semiconductor junction only three atoms thick
Scientists have developed what they believe is the thinnest-possible semiconductor, a new class of nanoscale materials made in sheets only three atoms thick. The University of Washington researchers have demonstrated that two of these single-layer...
Added: 9/2/2014

Rebuilding part of the Large Hadron Collider – with Legos
The Atlas particle detector at the Large Hadron Collider has become pretty famous in the last few years, since it helped lead physicists to finally discover an important subatomic particle. So some University of Washington students got the idea of...
Added: 8/8/2014

US reveals its next generation of dark matter experiments
Very recently ADMX was selected in the NSF/DOE "Generation 2" dark-matter competition, which means ADMX Gen 2 is the only university-managed major dark-matter project. Click the link to see more...
Added: 7/17/2014