News

Jun
4
2019
Baylor graduate student, Jingyi Yang, from the Dr. Howard Lee's group is selected as one of the six who are awarded the 2019 Scholarship from the international society for optics and photonics (SPIE). Congratulations!
May
17
2019
It is always nice to see our physics students graduating and moving on to their next career paths. This May, seven students completed our program. Congratulations!
Apr
30
2019
Baylor University seniors - Garrett Williams, a physics and chemistry major, and Catherine Arndt, a physics major - have been selected to participate in the 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Catherine will pursue her doctorate in the Applied Physics Graduate Program at Rice University, while Garrett will attend the Physics Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champagne, the top-ranked university in the country for condensed matter physics. Congratulations!
Apr
23
2019
APS annually organizes national meetings in March and April covering a wide variety of physics topics. As usual, many of Baylor physicists attended these meetings and gave a series of talks.
Mar
6
2019
Baylor graduate student, Jingyi Yang awarded prestigious OSA (Optical Society of America) Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Award. Congratulations!
Mar
6
2019
Dr. Howard Lee received the NSF MRI award to acquire an Ebeam lithography system. Congratulations!
Jan
7
2019
WACO, Texas (Jan. 7, 2019) – Baylor University is mourning the passing of beloved Professor Emeritus of Physics and Master Teacher Robert G. Packard – “Waco’s Mr. Wizard,” as one newspaper called him – who blazed a unique trail for nearly 60 years in how thousands of students related to physics. Dr. Packard died Jan. 5 in Waco at the age of 94.
Jan
1
2019
Baylor postdoc, Dr. Joe Pastika, and Baygraduate student, Caleb Smith and Chris Madrid, who work in the experiment high energy physics group, received prestigious scholarships/awards. Congratulations!
Dec
31
2018
Many Baylor physicists attended the annual meeting of the American Physical Society--Division of Plasma Physics held in Portland, Oregon, during November 5–9, 2018, and gave a series of talks.
Dec
18
2018
By Don Lincoln, Senior Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of Notre Dame

Black holes may not have singularities at their center. Instead, the matter they suck in may be spit out across the universe at some time in the future, a new theory suggests.
Dec
17
2018
“Far Out!”

It’s official: astronomers found a new dwarf planet in our solar system — and it’s the most distant object ever observed in our solar system.
Dec
13
2018
Rings Of Fire

If you’re in the market for a new desktop wallpaper, we have 20 suggestions.

A protoplanetary disk is the ring of dust and gas that surrounds a young star. As time passes, the material in the disk begins to coalesce into larger and larger objects, forming everything from asteroids to entire planets.
Dec
10
2018
Half of the people pursuing careers as scientists at higher education institutions will drop out of the field after five years, according to a new analysis from researchers at Indiana University Bloomington.
Dec
7
2018
Scientists started watching crystals sparkle in the 1990s. Those crystals sparkled more in the summer, which researchers took as evidence of dark matter. But those scientists were probably wrong, new research suggests.
Dec
3
2018
Scientists announced four new observations of gravitational waves - ripples in the fabric of spacetime - from the final moments of black hole mergers.
Dec
3
2018
Scientists from the Theory Department of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) in Hamburg, Germany have shown through theoretical calculations and computer simulations that the force between electrons and lattice distortions in an atomically thin two-dimensional superconductor can be controlled with virtual photons. This could aid the development of new superconductors for energy-saving devices and many other technical applications.
Nov
14
2018
Scientists think there's a "dark matter hurricane" heading toward Earth. In fact, it might even be blowing through us already.
Nov
14
2018
Sitting about 6 light-years away from our sun, the red dwarf named Barnard's star is the nearest solitary star to our solar system and the fastest-moving star in our night sky. It's also really wobbly.
Nov
5
2018
For a few minutes on Jan. 23, 2017, the coldest spot in the known universe was a tiny microchip hovering 150 miles over Kiruna, Sweden.

The chip was small — about the size of a postage stamp — and loaded with thousands of tightly-packed rubidium-87 atoms. Scientists launched that chip into space aboard an unpiloted, 40-foot-long (12 meters) rocket, then bombarded it with lasers until the atoms inside it cooled to minus 459.67 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 273.15 degrees Celsius) — a fraction of a fraction of a degree above absolute zero, the coldest possible temperature in nature.
Sep
20
2018
Drs. Lorin Matthews, Bryan Shaw, Seung Kim, Caleb Martin and Howard Lee have received prestigious CAREER Awards from the National Science Foundation for their work in a wide variety of fields.
Sep
19
2018
In a multi-‘cat’ experiment, the textbook interpretation of quantum theory seems to lead to contradictory pictures of reality, physicists claim.
Aug
30
2018
When a dead star meets a giant black hole, something weird can happen. The astronomical meeting can create a zombie.

Upcoming research in the Astrophysical Journal outlines what might happen if a white dwarf encounters an intermediate-mass black hole. Its conclusion: The violent pull of the black hole could, in theory, reignite fusion inside the dead star.
Aug
29
2018
If you’ve been a science fan for the last few years, you’re aware of the exciting results to emerge from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which in 2012 found the Higgs boson, the subatomic particle responsible for giving mass to fundamental subatomic particles.

Today, physicists have another exciting announcement to add to the Higgs saga: They have made the first unambiguous observation of Higgs bosons decaying into a matter-antimatter pair of bottom quarks. Surprisingly, the Higgs bosons decay most often in this way.
Aug
8
2018
Next time you eat a blueberry (or chocolate chip) muffin consider what happened to the blueberries in the batter as it was baked. The blueberries started off all squished together, but as the muffin expanded they started to move away from each other. If you could sit on one blueberry you would see all the others moving away from you, but the same would be true for any blueberry you chose. In this sense galaxies are a lot like blueberries.
Aug
3
2018
Researchers looking for signals from technologically advanced aliens pick up countless strange pings — but so far, nothing has convinced them that a message really came from aliens.
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