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Hertha Sponer - Duke Centennial 02/09/2024

One of Germany's first female PhDs, but seeing no future in the country once N***s rose to power, Hertha Sponer crossed the Atlantic and became our first female faculty, pioneering the field of physical chemistry. Learn more ➡️ https://100.duke.edu/story/hertha-sponer/

Hertha Sponer - Duke Centennial Hertha Sponer was the first woman to join the physics faculty at Duke and a pioneering experimentalist in what is now called physical chemistry.

Creating New Quantum Materials, Atom by Atom 09/14/2023

Atom by atom, new Associate Professor of Physics at Duke University Divine Kumah is designing the next generation of electronic materials.

Creating New Quantum Materials, Atom by Atom Visit physicist Divine Kumah in his research lab and you’ll find him making what could be described as the world’s tiniest layer cakes. How tiny? Try just a few atoms thick. One hundred thousand of them would barely stack up against a sheet of paper. They’re not for eating, however. He takes h...

Photos from Duke University Physics Department's post 06/28/2023

Duke Physics Ph.D. Student Adryanna Major takes us inside Oak Ridge National Laboratory's "Neutrino Alley," where she and her graduate student colleagues are operating small-scale detectors as part of The COHERENT Experiment. Project ownership at this level is not only rare, but wildly educational. Learn more: https://duke.is/w46bm

Photos from Duke University Physics Department's post 06/22/2023

A research team led by Duke University chemist David Beratan has earned the 2023 Faraday Horizon Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry for advances in electron bifurcation: https://duke.is/jxke7

Duke Physics Ph.D. alum Jonathon Yuly was key to this work. While at Duke, he elucidated the mechanics behind cells' ability to perform electron bifurcation reactions with very high efficiency, leading to effective energy conversion reactions and biocatalysis.

Photos from Duke University Physics Department's post 06/13/2023

The photos from our Duke Physics graduation ceremony are in! Congratulations again to all these new Duke University alumni on the completion of their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Forever Duke

Photos from American Astronomical Society's post 06/08/2023

The Vice Presidents of the American Astronomical Society - with support from The Kavli Foundation - name a special invited lecturer to kick off each semiannual AAS meeting with a presentation on recent research of great importance. The Fred Kavli Plenary Lecture was given by our own Dan Scolnic!

From Pictionary to Science Policy, Passing by Hubble's Constant: A Walkthrough of the 2023 SPS Zone 5 Meeting 05/05/2023

For the 1st time post-COVID, the The Society of Physics Students Zone 5 meeting happened in person this year, and it was a huge success! Duke University SPS leadership students Pavani Jairam, Pranav Charvu, Becky Ball and Brandon Weiss tell us all about it 👇

From Pictionary to Science Policy, Passing by Hubble's Constant: A Walkthrough of the 2023 SPS Zone 5 Meeting On a chilly Saturday morning in February, physics enthusiasts from across the Carolinas flocked to Duke University for the Society of Physics Students (SPS) Zone 5 Meeting. SPS zone meetings bring together SPS chapters from a given area of the country to meet SPS undergraduate students from other sc...

05/01/2023

Congratulations to Professor Kate Scholberg for her induction to the National Academy of Sciences! Learn more about some of her most recent research: https://bit.ly/40a2Dli

04/14/2023

⭐️Congratulations to Chris Walter, one of four Duke University
professors awarded Guggenheim Fellowships this year! Walter will use his fellowship to continue working on the Vera Rubin Observatory, in Chile.⭐️
https://bit.ly/3MFvmeb

Duke Astrophysicist Named 2023 ‘Einstein Fellow’ | Duke Today 04/10/2023

Meet a scientist who is probing the mysteries of our universe: Congratulations to Duke University astrophysicist Maria Vincenzi for winning a prestigious 'Einstein' fellowship from NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration!

Duke Astrophysicist Named 2023 ‘Einstein Fellow’ | Duke Today Duke Astrophysicist Named 2023 ‘Einstein Fellow’ Image Duke postdoctoral researcher Maria Vincenzi has won a prestigious astrophysics fellowship from NASA. Caption Close Image Duke postdoctoral researcher Maria Vincenzi has won a prestigious astrophysics fellowship from NASA. Published April 6, ...

NASA Awards Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2023 04/05/2023

Congratulations to Duke University postdoc Maria Vicenzi for her NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Einstein Fellowship! She'll use her fellowship to prepare for the upcoming cosmological surveys from the Rubin Observatory, the
and the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope

NASA Awards Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2023 NASA has selected 24 new Fellows for its prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP). The NHFP is one of the highlights of NASA's pursuit of excellence in astrophysics.

Catching Dark Matter in a Basement 03/16/2023

Catching dark matter in a basement: how Duke University's Kate Scholberg, Philip Barbeau and COHERENT are combining a particle accelerator and a neutrino detector to try to observe these mysterious particles at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Catching Dark Matter in a Basement Few things carry the same aura of mystery as dark matter. The name itself radiates secrecy, suggesting something hidden in the shadows of the Universe.

03/13/2023

Congratulations to Dan Scolnic and Michael Troxel for their promotion to Associate Professors! In just a few years, their cosmology research group Duke University has grown to be one the biggest in the country.

Zooming Through a Simulated Universe 03/09/2023

Take a stroll through 12 billion light years in the new simulated images from NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration' Roman Telescope, a collaboration between
Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, Rubin Observatory
LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration, led by
Duke University Professor Michael Troxel. Read more: https://go.nasa.gov/3ITlTMM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2FITgjUO3c

Zooming Through a Simulated Universe This video begins by showing the most distant galaxies in the simulated deep field image in red. As it zooms out, layers of nearer (yellow and white) galaxie...

Graduate student spotlight: Elise Le Boulicaut 12/01/2022

Grad student spotlight: Meet Elise Le Boulicaut, a 5th year PhD student working in experimental high energy physics.

Graduate student spotlight: Elise Le Boulicaut 5th Year GSO Role: 5th Year Rep Research Area: Experimental High Energy Physics

Graduate student spotlight: Ana Luiza Ferrari 11/17/2022

Grad student spotlight! Meet Ana Luiza Ferrari, a 1st year PhD student studying many body physics.

Graduate student spotlight: Ana Luiza Ferrari 1st Year GSO Role: 1st Year Rep Research Area: Computational Many Body Physics

Grad student spotlight: Erik Peterson 11/07/2022

Graduate student spotlight! Meet Erik Peterson, a 4th year PhD student studying cosmology.

Grad student spotlight: Erik Peterson Year: 4th Year Role in GSO: 4th Year Rep Research Area: Cosmology

10/21/2022

Congratulations to PhD candidates Rebecca Chen & Ryan Bouabid, who will conduct research at a DOE lab as part of the Graduate Student Research Program! https://bit.ly/3gvcNvv

Graduate Student Spotlight: Isabella Goetting 10/14/2022

Graduate Student Spotlight: Meet Isabelle Goetting, a 3rd year PhD student working with Quantum Information and experimental Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics at the .

Graduate Student Spotlight: Isabella Goetting 3rd Year GSO Vice President Research Area: Quantum Info / Exp. AMO

Go inside Duke University’s Duke Quantum Center 10/05/2022

Ever wondered what the inside of a cutting edge quantum computing lab looks like? The News & Observer took a tour of Duke University's Duke Quantum Center, and snapped photos of our grad students and postdocs hard at work with Prof Marko Cetina.

Go inside Duke University’s Duke Quantum Center See photos from inside Duke’s cutting edge quantum computing development lap in Durham, N.C.

10/04/2022

“I’ve been here almost 50 years, so how could I not love it?”
Duke University's faculty may be getting younger, but lecturer Robert Brown still has plenty to offer his students, both here
at Duke Physics and at the Duke University Marine Lab. https://today.duke.edu/2022/09/generational-shift-dukes-workforce

Bringing Together Physics, Neuroscience and Dance 10/03/2022

She helped build a polarized proton target for a high-energy collider, has published neuroscience papers, competed as a rhythmic gymnast, and danced at a high level. And she loves to teach physics. Meet Svetlana Monroe, our new lecturer.

Bringing Together Physics, Neuroscience and Dance There probably aren’t too many people in the world who have earned a Ph.D. in physics and an MFA in dance. It’s a safe bet there’s only one who has earned both of those degrees and then conducted neuroscience research. That person is Svetlana Monroe, who is joining the Department of Physics th...

Computing the Quantum World 09/23/2022

Could physics problems that seem intractable today be solvable tomorrow with the help of quantum computers? New assistant professor Natalie Klco aims to find out.

Computing the Quantum World If you ask Duke physicist Natalie Klco, most computers in use today get nature all wrong. “Nature at its core is not a deterministic set of ones and zeros,” Klco says.

Graduate Student Spotlight - Gregory Matousek 09/22/2022

Graduate student spotlight! Meet Gregory Matousek, a 3rd year PhD student researching nuclear physics and the president of our Graduate Student Organization.

Graduate Student Spotlight - Gregory Matousek Quick Facts: 3rd year GSO President

09/13/2022

Congratulations to Professor and associate director for light sources at TUNL Ying Wu, winner the 2022 Free-Electron Laser Prize! Wu created a new field of research in nuclear physics by modifying FEL to produce new types of gamma rays. Read more: https://bit.ly/3B5H1LS

Norbert Linke Is Improving Quantum Systems One Ion Trap at a Time 09/09/2022

Norbert Linke, the new professor of Physics who is on the hunt for the perfect ion trap, adding even more strength to the
Duke University Quantum Center.

Norbert Linke Is Improving Quantum Systems One Ion Trap at a Time How do you build the perfect cage for something you can’t see? Ask Norbert Linke, assistant professor in the Department of Physics.

08/31/2022

kicked off a new academic year with hustle and bustle! Prof Thomas Barthel was one of many faculty who hit the ground running, teaching Quantum Mechanics 1. For more scenes from
's first day of classes: https://today.duke.edu/2022/08/2022-first-day-classes

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