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David Kaplan News APS
April 3, 2024
David Kaplan is on a quest to straighten out chirality, or “handedness,” in particle physics. A theorist at the University of Washington, Seattle, Kaplan has been wrestling with chirality conundrums for over 30 years. The main problem he has been working on is how to place chiral particles, such as left-handed electrons or right-handed antineutrinos, on a discrete space-time, or “lattice.” That may sound like a minor concern, but without a solution to this problem the weak interaction—and by... Read more
Donna Messina Summer Institute
January 11, 2024
After a hiatus of six years, 2023 saw the resumption of the Summer Institute in Physics and Physical Science for in-service high school teachers.  This four-week program, led by Associate Teaching Professor Donna Messina, features a semi-Socratic approach known as Physics by Inquiry and seeks to give teachers both improved understanding of physics and experience with inquiry-based instruction.  A generous gift from the family of Lillian McDermott enabled the resumption of this summer workshop.... Read more
November 1, 2023
Emeritus Professor Leslie J. Rosenberg has been awarded the 2024 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics from the American Physical Society.  This award recognizes Prof. Rosenberg “For leading the synthesis of precision microwave cavity techniques, superconducting quantum sensing, and cryogenic technology into the modern axion haloscope, and for the subsequent demonstration of experimental sensitivity to high-priority models of axions as dark matter." Read more at... Read more
Cyclotron Radiation Emission Spectroscopy
October 17, 2023
UW News has just posted a story about Project 8, an international endeavor to try to determine the mass of the neutrino. In a paper published last month, the Project 8 team reports that its distinctive strategy shows real promise to be the first approach to measure the neutrino’s mass. Once fully scaled up, Project 8 could also reveal how neutrinos influenced the early evolution of the universe as we know it. Project 8’s first experiments took place on the UW campus, and many UW scientists are... Read more
IRIS-HEP Group Phto
September 26, 2023
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for High Energy Physics (IRIS-HEP) is an NSF-funded software institute, involving 22 different institutions, that aims to develop the state-of-the-art software cyberinfrastructure required to meet the challenges of data intensive research at the High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) at CERN, and other planned experimental particle physics experiments of the... Read more
Elise Novitski Freedman Picture
September 26, 2023
The 2023 Stuart Jay Freedman Award in Experimental Nuclear Physics has been awarded to Elise Noviski for the development and analysis of the Cyclotron Radiation Emission Spectroscopy method and its application to the measurement of neutrino mass. You can view the official announcement at
Masha Baryakhtar Photo
September 7, 2023
Assistant Professor Masha Baryakhtar has been selected as a recipient of a 2023 DOE Early Career Award.  These awards, which provide five years of research support, are given to some of the most promising early career scientists in areas funded by the DOE Office of Science.  Baryakhtar's award will support her research developing the theoretical foundation for novel axion and ultralight particle searches in the sky and in the lab.
John Cenker Picture
September 5, 2023
The Clean Energy Scientific Achievement Award recognizes UW graduate students who have demonstrated extraordinary productivity in clean energy research and scholarship, and have contributed meaningfully to the scientific community. John Cenker is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in physics and a 2021-22 CEI Graduate Fellow, advised by CEI faculty member and professor of materials science... Read more
Muon g-2
August 10, 2023
In cooperation with our friends at Fermilab and dozens of other institutions around the world, UW News has posted an announcement about the latest findings from the Muon g-2 (pronounced “g minus 2”) collaboration, an experiment decades in the making. This morning, the international team of scientists behind Muon g-2 released the world’s most precise measurement yet of the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon. Muons are subatomic particles similar to electrons, but about 200 times more massive... Read more
TIQM Summer Workshop 2023
July 31, 2023
The Thouless Institute for Quantum Matter at UW brings together theorists and experimentalists from around the world to discuss the latest developments in quantum matter, materials and technologies. The first day of this year’s summer workshop (August 5) will double as a... Read more