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October 7, 2019
A team led by scientists at the University of Washington has designed and tested a 3D-printed metamaterial that can manipulate light with nanoscale precision. As they report in a paper published Oct. 4 in the journal Science Advances, their designed optical element focuses light to discrete points in a 3D helical pattern. The team’s design principles and experimental findings... Read more
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September 23, 2019
At the 2019 Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics conference in Toyama, Japan, leaders from the KATRIN experiment reported on Friday that the estimated range for the rest mass of the neutrino is no larger than 1 electron volt, or eV. These inaugural results obtained earlier this year by the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino experiment — or KATRIN — cut the mass range for the neutrino by more than half by lowering the upper limit of the neutrino’s mass from 2 eV to 1 eV. The University of... Read more
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September 15, 2019
Ann Nelson was an avid hiker, backpacker and 25-year member of the Mountaineers community. Media credit: Courtesy of Ann's Family Professor Ann Nelson, who held the Kenneth K. Young Chair of Physics and was a tireless advocate for diversity in the field, died from a fall while backpacking in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness on August 4, 2019. Professor Nelson was a brilliant theoretical physicist who specialized in particle physics and cosmology and had been at the University of Washington since... Read more
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September 10, 2019
Lukasz Fidkowski, an assistant professor of physics at the University of Washington, is one of the winners of a 2020 New Horizons in Physics Prize from the Breakthrough Foundation. The prize to early-career scientists, announced Sept. 5, recognizes Fidkowski and his three co-recipients “for incisive contributions to the understanding of topological states of matter and the relationships between them,” according to the citation. Fidkowski’s area of research is in condensed matter physics. This... Read more
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September 6, 2019
Kai-Mei Fu very nearly quit academia. As an undergraduate, Fu fell in love with quantum physics after a brief introduction to the topic in an engineering class. She went on to devour physics courses, but an unpleasant undergraduate research experience left her questioning whether her future lay in the field or somewhere else. Taking a year off to explore her options—she spent the time teaching math in Singapore—Fu found herself seeking out physics conferences and researchers and decided to give... Read more
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August 16, 2019
Celebrate the accomplishments of the 2019 Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities undergraduate researchers, attend Bulrusher - directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton, and more! Featured on UW News 
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August 7, 2019
Christopher Phillips, a research specialist in the Department of Astronomy, explains why there will be ideal conditions for stargazing in August. Featured on Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber  
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August 6, 2019
Professor Ann Nelson was backpacking with friends and family in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness when she slipped and fell down a steep gully.  Professor Nelson was a renowned theoretical physicist who specialized in elementary particle physics, and had been at the University of Washington since 1994.  She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was a recipient of the... Read more
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August 5, 2019
In a recent undergraduate physics lab, students donned immersive headsets and held controllers in both hands to conduct an experiment in virtual reality (VR). As they manipulated objects in the virtual world, physics doctoral student Jared Canright bounced around the room, answering questions and addressing glitches. For the undergraduates, the VR experience was a novel way to learn a challenging physics concept. For Canright, it was an important step in his graduate research. Canright is... Read more
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July 17, 2019
Scientists have visualized the electronic structure in a microelectronic device for the first time, opening up opportunities for finely tuned, high-performance electronic devices. Physicists from the University of Washington and the University of Warwick developed a technique to measure the energy and momentum of electrons in operating microelectronic devices made of atomically thin — so-called 2D — materials.... Read more

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