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May 2, 2016

Eric Corwin’s research on ‘Cracking the Glass Problem’ is featured in a recent ‘Around the O’ article.

Under a new initiative — “Cracking the Glass Problem” — announced by the New York City-based Simons Foundation, Professor of Physics, Eric Corwin will study the material properties of jamming, a process that is directly applicable to what happens to glass.

Corwin uses supercomputing and mathematical models to capture insights about what happens when objects moving freely jam to a standstill. He focuses on their geometric structures as materials transition in and out of a jammed state.

You can read the full article here:



April 8, 2016

A Team of UO Physics Researchers use Light and Sound Waves to Control Electron States

University of Oregon physicists have combined light and sound to control electron states in an atom-like system, providing a new tool in efforts to move toward quantum-computing systems.

Using sound waves known as surface acoustic waves to change electron states could foster data transfer between quantum bits.

“What we have accomplished could lead to a new architecture — a new way — to design a computer chip. Instead of using electrical circuits we incorporate sound waves on a chip, with our eyes on acoustic circuits and also on potential applications in tomorrow’s quantum computers.” Said Professor Hailin Wang.

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February 11, 2016

UO group plays key role in Gravitational Wave Detection

A press conference on Feb 11 announced the first observation of gravitational waves made by the LIGO collaboration, which includes a group from UO Physics. Read about it in the around the O article along with the livestream of the press conference and many news articles, including the NY Times.

The announcement was accompanied on Feb 11 by the appearance of the main detection paper in Physical Review Letters, along with 8 companion papers which appeared in the following day.

The UO’s LIGO team includes Raymond Frey, Robert Schofield, James Brau, postdoctoral researcher Dipongkar Talukder and graduate students Sudarshan Karki, Ryan Quitzow-James, Jordan Palamos, Vinny Roma and Paul Schale.

The UO’s James Brau will discuss gravitational waves in a talk titled “Einstein’s Warped Universe — Riding Gravity Waves Through Spacetime” at 6 p.m., March 23, at the Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Ave. The lecture, geared for a general audience, will provide a broad overview of what gravitational waves are and the effort to detect them. The event will be held in the Bascom-Tykeson Room on the library’s first floor.’

February 3, 2016

Robert Schofield’s research with leafcutter ants featured in a recent ‘Around the O’ article.

Research Assistant Professor of Physics, Robert Schofield’s studies centering on the complex societies and division of labor of Leafcutter ants is featured in ‘Around the O.’
“Studying them not only leads to ways to reduce the damages they and their often-massive nests cause but also provides nature-based insights that could prove helpful to efforts to manufacture tiny machines and tools.”
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January 21, 2016

Richard Taylor, PI of the W.M. Keck Foundation Grant, featured in ‘Around the O’ article

Richard Taylor is the lead on a $900,000 W.M. Keck Foundation grant that will help fund work on a next-generation retinal implant device that could be used to reverse vision loss in those suffering from retinal diseases such as macular degeneration. Other Physics faculty on the proposal are Benjamin Aleman and Miriam Deutsch. You can read the full article here:


October 30, 2015

Stephanie Majewski featured in CASCADE magazine article

Assistant Professor of Physics Stephanie Majewski’s work with UO undergraduate students focused on the ATLAS detector of the Large Hadron Collider, is featured in the Fall issue of CASCADE magazine. You can read the full article here:


September 29, 2015

Physics Professor Graham Kribs new theory of ‘stealth dark matter’ featured in ‘Around the O’ article:

‘The imprint of dark matter on the evolution of the universe is unmistakable, physicists say, but dark matter itself continues to evade direct detection. That may soon change.’

You can read the full article here:

Or the public news release here:

August 4, 2015

Patent granted for UO-led effort on fractal-based nerve connections

Physics professor, and director of the UO Materials Science Institute, Richard Taylor’s pioneering work on fractal based nerve connections is featured in the August 3rd issue of ‘Around the O.’ You can read the full article here:

July 6, 2015

Brau public lecture July 15

Jim Brau will be giving a free public lecture at the Eugene Public Library on Wed July 15 at 6 PM. Click here to see the poster.

May 22, 2015

Ursell in CASCADE

In case you missed it, in addition to the SLP update in the most recent CASCADE, there is a nice writeup on Tristan Ursell. Get it here.

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