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April 11, 2019
David James Thouless, Nobel laureate and a professor emeritus at the University of Washington, died in Cambridge in the U.K. on April 6, 2019. He was 84 years old. Thouless was a theoretical physicist whose most well-known work focused on the properties of matter in extremely thin layers. His research explained the behavior of matter in some of its most unusual states — including superfluidity and superconductivity. For these efforts, in 2016 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics along with... Read more
March 29, 2019
Radio astronomy Ph.D. candidate Ruby Byrne agrees that “Epoch of Reionization (EoR)” is a mouthful of jargon. But it simply refers to an exciting time in the universe’s history when stars and galaxies first turned on and lit up the heavens. The EoR also goes by the name of “cosmic dawn,” said Byrne. And understanding this cosmic dawn — which happened a few hundred million years after the Big Bang — would give us deeper insight into dark matter, star and galaxy formation, and dark energy in the... Read more
March 21, 2019
Learn about how this exciting new coalition aimed at bringing about a revolution in quantum research and technology. Featured on UW News 
March 12, 2019
How big is the proton? That seems like a straightforward question, but a clear answer is hard to come up with. Several experiments have reported measurements of the proton radius, but their values differ by 4%. The puzzle is sometimes framed in terms of the proton’s three-dimensional charge density, but this is a misconception, says Gerald Miller from the University of Washington, Seattle. In a new study, Miller shows how the proton radius can be defined in a unified way according to photon-... Read more
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March 8, 2019
Shih-Chieh Hsu, associate professor of physics at UW, and the rest of the FASER team seek to answer one of the outstanding questions in particle physics: What is dark matter made of? Featured on UW News 
March 7, 2019
Kim Siang Khaw’s work on the precision measurement of the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon has recently been featured in a video by his alma mater, Kyoto University, Japan. Kim Siang Khaw has been a postdoctoral research associate in the UW Department of Physics and at the Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics (CENPA) since 2015. For their "Free Thinkers” series on international alumni, a film team from Kyoto University visited Kim Siang Khaw for an interview at Fermi... Read more
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March 6, 2019
The research board of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, on March 5 approved a new experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, the world’s largest particle accelerator, to search for evidence of fundamental dark matter particles. The Forward Search Experiment — or FASER — seeks to answer one of the outstanding questions in particle physics: What is dark matter made of? “There is strong evidence that most of the matter in the universe — about 85 percent — is dark matter... Read more
February 26, 2019
A team of UW-led physicists reports that it has developed a new system to trap individual excitons — bound pairs of electrons and their associated positive charges... Read more
CUWIP Group Phto
January 31, 2019
On the weekend of Martin Luther King Day, UW Physics welcomed over 160 undergraduates from the Pacific Northwest to the APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics. At the conference, the attendees heard plenary talks on science and career trajectories from Dr. Mary James, Professor of Physics and Dean of Institutional Diversity Reed College, Alison Yates, the founder and CEO of Knitrino, and Dr. Emily Schaller, Science and Education Project Manager for the National Suborbital Research... Read more
Metalens Prototypes
November 15, 2018
In optics, the era of glass lenses may be waning. In recent years, physicists and engineers have been designing, constructing and testing different types of ultrathin materials that could replace the thick glass lenses used today in cameras and imaging systems. Critically, these engineered lenses — known as metalenses — are not made of glass. Instead, they consist of materials constructed at the nanoscale into arrays of columns or fin-like structures. These formations can interact with incoming... Read more