Nano-Optics Group Creates Record-Breaking Ultrafast Optical Microscope

Feb. 22, 2016

Congratulations to the Nano-Optics Group, led by Professor Markus Raschke, who has announced a record-breaking new optical microscope that can capture images at both the ultrafast and the nano-scale. The paper describing the discovery appeared in the February 8 edition of Nature Nanotechnology, and is available online . The Nano-Optics...

Science as art: the colorful world of liquid crystals on display at Gemmill Library

Feb. 1, 2016

If you visit CU’s L.H. Gemmill Library of Engineering, Mathematics and Physics this semester, one of the first things you are likely to see is a collection of colorful, eye-catching images of liquid crystals created by researchers in the Soft Materials Research Center , based in the Department of Physics. When the call for art exhibits grounded in science went out from the library last summer, Christine Morrow, the Center's Education and Outreach Director, immediately recognized an exciting opportunity to create an educational exhibit centered around liquid crystal images obtained by Center scientists in the course of their research. The microscopic textures of liquid crystals viewed in polarized light are colorful and visually appealing, and she realized that a set of liquid crystal images would make a striking display that could engage and intrigue library patrons. "The idea of our exhibit is to get people's attention, to make them curious about where these gorgeous images come from, and to show them how scientific researchers think and feel."

CU Physics team shares in 2016 Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics

Nov. 9, 2015

The 2016 Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics was awarded November 8, 2015 for the discovery and study of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond the standard model of high energy particle physics. The $3M Prize is shared among the all of the scientific collaborators including CU-Physics Professors Eric D...

CU Physicists help reveal secrets of the "perfect fluid" formed in Big Bang

July 17, 2015

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory has succeeded in creating distinct droplets of the quark-gluon plasma, the material that made up the Universe during the very first moments of the Big Bang. "These experiments are revealing the key elements required for...

NASA Selects CU Boulder's SUrface Dust Analyzer Instrument for Europa Mission

May 28, 2015

Congratulations to Physics Professors and Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics fellow Sascha Kempf, whose proposal for a SUrface Dust Analyzer (SUDA) instrument was selected by NASA to join the upcoming landmark mission to Jupiter's moon, Europa. NASA announced their selection on Tuesday, May 26th. According to NASA, the Europa...

OASIS Project Set To Launch on SpaceX This Afternoon

April 14, 2015

A new experiment by the Liquid Crystal Material Research Center in the Department of Physics is slated to go up to the International Space Station as part of NASA's SpaceX Commercial Resupply Launch this afternoon. The OASIS project will join several ongoing experiments on the space station when it launches...

Faculty, students revved up about Large Hadron Collider restart

April 6, 2015

University of Colorado Boulder faculty and students are primed to get back in action following the Easter restart of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s most powerful atom smasher located near Geneva, Switzerland, after a two-year hiatus. Following intensive upgrades and repairs, proton beams from the LHC once again...

NASA-MMS Project Launched Thursday, March 12

March 10, 2015

Congratulations to the NASA MMS Team, led by CU Physics Professor Marty Goldman who launched the NASA Magnetosphere Multiscale Mission (MMS). The Mission launched from Cape Canaveral on an Atlas V rocket on Thursday, March 12. The MMS Mission will study explosive events in two regions of Earth’s magnetosphere. One...

PhET Wins "Oscars" of Higher Education

Jan. 15, 2015

Congratulations to the PhET Interactive Simulations team, who took home one of two prizes from the Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014: Reimagine Education . The PhET Simulation project will share a $50,000 price with PaGamO, the world's first multi-student social game. Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, PhET provides...

Ye Lab Builds Record-Breaking Atomic Clock

Feb. 3, 2014

A JILA team—led by Physics Professor and JILA Fellow Jun Ye—has created the highest standard in timekeeping. The experimental atomic clock (pictured left) has set new standards for both precision and stability. According to the University press release, "Described in a new paper in Nature*, the JILA strontium lattice clock...