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Researchers working to install the FASER detector at CERN.
May 10, 2021
The newest experiment at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is now in place at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. FASER, or Forward Search Experiment, was approved by CERN’s research board in March 2019. Now installed in the LHC tunnel, this experiment, which seeks... Read more
William Phillips © Robert Rathe
April 29, 2021
On May 18, 2021, 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics, William D. Phillips, will be speaking at an upcoming Frontiers of Physics Lecture Series event. You can read more and register for the event at the event page.
Muon g-2 ring
April 8, 2021
The first results from the Muon g-2 experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory have revealed that fundamental particles called muons behave in a way that is not predicted by scientists’ best theory to date, the... Read more
Joe Rothberg Memoriam
March 5, 2021
We are sad to announce the passing of Joseph Rothberg, Emeritus Professor of Physics.  Joe received his Ph.D. (studying muon capture in hydrogen) at Columbia University as a student of Leon Lederman.  He spent a few years at Yale before joining the University of Washington as a tenured Professor.  Much of Joe’s experimental work was carried out at CERN where he was an active member of the ALEPH (LEP) collaboration for many years.  Joe joined the ATLAS experiment in the mid 1990’s and made many... Read more
Matthew Yankowitz Lee Osheroff Richardson Science Prize Headshot
February 25, 2021
Assistant Professor Matthew Yankowitz has been awarded the 2021 Lee Osheroff Richardson Science Prize which promotes and recognizes the novel work of young scientists working in low temperatures and/or high magnetic fields in the Americas. Dr. Matthew Yankowitz is recognized for his formative contributions to the field of moiré van der Waals heterostructures, spanning the initial discovery of band reconstruction in aligned graphene/boron nitride to more recent investigations of strongly... Read more
2017 Campus Aerial Picture
February 17, 2021
Early in life, we start to learn the rules of this world. We memorize simple lessons — like “what goes up, must come down” — that help us begin to make sense of our world. In time, we’re no longer surprised that rain is wet, food can spoil or the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. But more than a century ago, scientists started to learn that all of those rules, patterns and lessons lie on a foundation that, to us, might seem filled with contradictions, confusion and chance. That... Read more
January 25, 2021
Among the vast number of possible nuclear isotopes, very few are stable. Stray above a certain mass number—by adding neutrons to an element in the Periodic Table—and eventually the corresponding nucleus can’t exist because it leaks nucleons. The neutron “dripline” that defines this limit of existence has been discovered experimentally for elements up to neon (see Viewpoint: Reaching the... Read more
January 4, 2021
Six UW Clean Energy Institute (CEI) researchers are among the most influential in the world, according to the annual Highly Cited Researchers list published by the Web of Science Group. UW professors Guozhong Cao, David Cobden, Jun Liu, and Xiaodong Xu; UW professor emeritus... Read more
Physics Virus Sotry Image
September 25, 2020
When a new and deadly coronavirus began to sweep across the world earlier this year, researchers from the UW’s Department of Physics, the University of Hong Kong and other institutions quickly assembled a team to learn how B cells — a central player in adaptive immunity — were engaging this enemy. With about 10 billion B cells circulating in the human body at any given time constantly searching for invaders, that’s no easy task, said the UW’s Zach Montague, one of the team’s principal... Read more
Eot-Wash Group Photo
September 10, 2020
Three UW Physics professors are the recipients of the 2021 Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics: Emeritus Professor Eric Adelberger, Professor Jens Gundlach, and Professor (and former Chair) Blayne Heckel.  They are joined by UW Professor of Biochemistry, David Baker, who was awarded the Breakthrough Prize in life sciences.  The Breakthrough Prizes, together with Nobels, are the most prestigious prizes in science.  These $3 million prizes have been awarded annually since 2013 by the... Read more