There is a new, short (20′) documentary film which focuses on the people working at the LIGO Hanford Observatory. I think the interest and audience for the film are both pretty limited, but there is a nice episode at about the 11′ mark which features UO physicist Robert Schofield doing an impromptu demonstration of how pendula provide isolation from noise sources and identifying sources of seismic noise. Link to Film
For those interested, here is an older documentary focusing more on the science of LIGO: Einstein’s Messengers
Prof Jim Brau will present at the opening of the new film Particle Fever at OMSI in Portland, April 15. Read all about it.
Hailin Wang has been named as an Associate Editor of the new high-profile journal Optica of the Optical Society of America. Read more here.
From the group of Robert Schofield
Cascade Magazine profiles the interdisciplinary work of Robert Schofield at the UO Physics Department.
November 15, 2012
From the group of Hailin Wang
Using tiny radiation pressure forces — generated each time light is reflected off a surface — University of Oregon physicists converted an optical field, or signal, from one color to another. Aided by a “dark mode,” the conversion occurs through the coupling between light and a mechanical oscillator, without interruption by thermal mechanical vibrations.
November 2, 2012
From the group of Harlan Lefevre
At Seattle’s Living Computer Museum which opened in October, one of the oldest exhibits at the is a PDP-7 made by Digital Equipment Corporation. Designed in the mid-1960s, it is believed to be the only working model of this machine in the world. The computer operated in Harlan Lefevre’s lab for many years.
September 9, 2012
From the group of Dean Livelybrooks
The Oregon Department of Education recently awarded $450,000 to the University of Oregon and the Eugene School District to improve high school and middle school students’ performance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The partnership between the Eugene School Disctrict and University of Oregon, as well as industry, is co-directed by Dean Livelybrooks, senior instructor at the Department of Physics.
- “UO boosts high school STEM studies with state grant” – UO News
- “Real-World Lessons: A grant will help educators bring science and technology to life” – Register-Guard
July 9, 2012
From the group of Jim Brau
Physicists on experiments at the Large Hadron Collider say that they have observed a new particle, but they remain uncertain that it is the predicted Higgs boson.
The UO’s contingent at the ATLAS experiment comes from the Center for High Energy Physics, which is headed by Brau. Other involved faculty members are David Strom, who currently is the ATLAS trigger coordinator, Ray Frey and Eric Torrence.
- “University of Oregon physicists help discover elusive particle” – Oregon Live
- “New boson has the heaviest mass ever seen, says UO physicist” – UO Media Relations