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January 30, 2019

Research from McMorran lab featured in Around-the-O

The UO Physics McMorran lab has created a technique, STEM holography, that sends electrons along two separate paths, one going through a sample and one not. This allows them to measure the delay between them to create a high-resolution image. It provides improved atomic resolution of a sample’s outer structure and unveils previously unseen interfaces between a sample and underlying material.

UO researchers have now shown — using microscopes at the UO, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Hitachi Ltd. Research and Development Group in Japan — that STEM holography works.

“Using flexible STEM holography, an offshoot we developed in collaboration with Toshiaki Tanigaki at Hitachi, we now can capture with more precision the interesting geometries of materials,” Yasin said, “Previously, the field of view of STEM holography was limited to maybe 30 nanometers. Using flexible STEM holography expands the field of view.”

You can read the full article here.

January 3, 2019

UO ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for master’s degrees in physics

The University of Oregon granted more master’s degrees in physics than any other university in the country in 2017, earning a top ranking in a report recently released by the American Institute of Physics.

The majority of the 24 master’s degrees were awarded to students in the Master’s Industrial Internship Program, a long-successful venture boasting more than 600 alumni spanning two decades.

The program, which emerged from a collaboration among the physics and chemistry departments and the Materials Science Institute, was integrated last year into the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact.

You can read the full Around-the-O article here.

December 5, 2018

Detecting black hole collisions is now routine

UO scientists featured in Around-the-O

The first detection of a gravitational wave in September 2015 rocked the physics world and drew international attention. Now, three years later, improved technology that detects deep-space stellar collisions may be finding them on a daily basis, say University of Oregon researchers.

You can read the full article here.


October 12, 2018

UO Physics and Chemistry Faculty Help Pave the way in Quantum Science Efforts

UO Physics faculty aim to help the United States take a leading role in the fast-evolving quantum technology revolution.

UO physicist Michael Raymer, a Philip H. Knight professor in the Department of Physics, and two colleagues, chemistry professor Andy Marcus and physics professor Brian Smith, have been awarded a $997,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The award is part of a $31 million NSF program for fundamental quantum research that, together with $281 million in Department of Energy investment, aims to help the United States take a leading role in the fast-evolving quantum technology revolution.

“It’s gratifying to see such excitement and widespread bipartisan support for quantum science research and development,” Conover said. “We were invited to this White House meeting because the UO’s expertise in quantum information science is now widely recognized. Such national visibility is largely due to the scientific leadership and lobbying efforts of the UO’s Michael Raymer.”

You can read the full article here, in Around-the-O.

June 20, 2018

How would you place a 13 ton stone hat on top of 30-foot-tall moai statue?

UO Physics professor Ben McMorran helps in collaboration with former UO student Sean Hixon’s honors thesis on Easter Island moai.

“We were talking about inclined planes and rolling motion, and Sean mentioned his honors thesis work on the question of how the inhabitants of Rapa Nui managed to place large, cylindrical stone hats on top of 30-foot-tall moai statues,” said McMorran. “What was a rather rote mechanics problem for introductory physics became a nice collaboration in which we may have solved the mystery.”

Polynesians likely set up ramps using a parbuckling technique. That’s a simple way to roll objects and has been used to right capsized ships.

The center of a long rope is fixed to the top of a ramp, and two trailing ends are wrapped around a cylinder to be moved. Rope ends are then brought to the top where workers pull on the ropes to move the cylinder safely up the ramp. At the top, the hat would have been tipped and rotated into place.

You can read the full Around-the-O article here.

May 31, 2018

Commencement 2018

You are invited to help honor and celebrate our 2018 Physics graduates.

Monday, June, 18th 2018

12:30 p.m. in the Willamette Hall, Paul Olum atrium

May 15, 2018

UO Hosts CALOR 2018 May 21-25

The UO Center for High Energy Physics will host the 18th International Conference on Calorimetry in Particle Physics (CALOR 2018) May 21-25. Jim Brau is the chair of the local organizing committee. About 100 participants will be attending conference sessions at the EMU. Read about it here:

April 12, 2018

HEP Theory gets new grant

Congratulations to the high-energy theory group, which was recently awarded a new 1.1M$ 3-year grant from the Dept of Energy supporting the work of faculty Chang, Cohen, and Kribs.

February 21, 2018

Richard Taylor Delivers Presentation at Inaugural ‘Wings: UO Presidential Speaker Series’

On January 16th, 2018 UO Physics professor Richard Taylor delivered a presentation on his research and design of Bio-Inspired Retinal Implants at the inaugural ‘Wings: UO Presidential Speaker Series’ at the White Stag Block in Portland, Oregon.

“Vision gives us more than knowledge, it also allows us to appreciate beauty, and nature’s beauty and its impact on us is profound.”

39 million people around the world are totally blind.
246 million people suffer vision loss to the extent that it severely impacts their daily activity.

Through evolution, nature has given us a visual system that is very hard to replicate, but we are in an era where progress towards recovery is on the way.

You can watch Richard’s talk here:

The full ‘Around the O’ article can be found here:


January 18, 2018

The UO Physics Dept. successfully wrapped up two large events in one week: the 2018 the Northwest Regional APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics & the ‘Physics Slam’

When associate professor Stephanie Majewski of the physics department and her colleagues were planning the upcoming Northwest Regional Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, they were not overwhelmed by interest in the event. They were greatly overwhelmed, with well over 200 attendees flying in from colleges across the northwest.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many female physicists together in one place.” Majewski said.

Majewski attributed the increase to a growing number of women entering STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — fields and an increasing sense of community among female undergrads currently in those fields, which has led to a virtuous cycle. One goal of the conference is to build on that sense of community, Majewski said.

As part of the conference the Physics department held it’s wildly successful ‘Physics Slam.’ The event, which was open to the public, drew a crowd of well over 600.   The event challenges six UO faculty members to explain their complex research in 10 minutes.

You can find more information by clicking on the links below:

Video of Physics Slam

Physics Slam

CuWIP Conference

CuWip Conference

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