Luis Morales a 2021 Nuclear Science Lab alumni returns to Notre Dame for a technical collaboration with Electrical Engineering Professor Jonathan Chisum. By collaborating with Professor Chisum’s lab, Luis was able to diagnose and improve their next-generation ultra-wide-radar sensor’s performance for increased reliability and lifetime of their header height controller. With a Notre Dame Ph.D. in Nuclear Astrophysics in 2021, Morales was delighted to spend time in the Notre Dame lab, an environment he knows well.
The Ph.D. thesis of Dr. Nirupama Sensharma, titled “Wobbling motion in nuclei: Transverse, Longitudinal, and Chiral” has been published as a book by the well-known science publisher Springer under the “Springer Theses” series.…
Khachatur Manukyan, Research Associate Professor in the Nuclear Science Laboratory, Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Notre Dame, was awarded a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grant from the Department of Defense. This grant aims to implement a high‐throughput screening system for accelerated material discovery by combining the predictive power of artificial intelligence methods.
Khachatur Manukyan, research associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Notre Dame, was honored by the 2022 1st Source Bank Commercialization Award for his first U.S. patent, number 9,580,323. The patent, "Method of producing graphene and other graphene carbon materials," was issued in February 2017.
Freimann Professor of Physics Ani Aprahamian has been chosen as an ambassador to STARMUS VI. STARMUS is a global art, music, and science festival taking place for the first time in Yerevan, Armenia on September 5-10, 2022.
The theme is 50 Years on MARS. The aim of STARMUS is to inspire and to educate the next generation of explorers and to regenerate the spirit of discovery. The sixth Starmus is dedicated to Mars, from the very first Soviet MARS 3 to the ambitious manned landing plans and spectacular NASA missions. It has been 50 years since MARS 3 performed the first soft landing on the Red Planet and sent back to the Earth the first image of its surface. This milestone was followed by dozens of successful missions by NASA providing us with more accurate images and information from our neighbor in the Solar System. Following the established tradition, the Festival will address pressing issues and screen films about the exploration of Mars.…
Editors with the American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science and Technology Letters (ES&T) selected the article,“Fluorinated Compounds in North American Cosmetics,” as one of the top five best papers in the journal.
Dr. James deBoer, Associate Research Professor from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, presented new experimental results and evaluation work at a consultancy meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the Vienna International Center. One of the group’s main objectives is to obtain an improved understanding of the reactions that are used by physics and engineers all over the world to design next generation nuclear energy facilities.
Michael Wiescher, the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Physics, presented the German edition of the biography he published on Arthur E. Haas at a symposium organized by the Erwin Schrödinger Institute (ESI) of the University of Vienna. Haas was an Austrian theoretical physicist of Jewish descent who came to University of Notre Dame in 1936 with the recommendation of Albert Einstein.
From June 6 to 10, 2022 the Exotic Beam Summer School (EBSS) attracted 40 graduate students and a post doc from around the country as well as internationally to the University of Notre Dame. This 19th edition of the school, one of the most valued in the low-energy nuclear physics community, was the first after a three years’ hiatus due to the pandemic. Needless to say the students were excited to participate in the series of hands-on activities offered in the afternoon (a unique feature of the EBSS), the morning lectures, as well as the evening social activities.
Dr. Jaspreet Randhawa, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Nuclear Science Laboratory, has been awarded the 2022 FRIB Achievement Award for Early Career Researchers "for his work utilizing a diverse set of tools to understand the nuclear physics of outer layers of accreting neutron stars in X-ray binaries."
The inauguration of the long-awaited Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a user facility for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, is Monday, May 2nd. This facility was in discussion and planning for three decades. FRIB will allow researchers to explore the limits of the nuclear force and the origins of the heavy elements in particular.…
Michael Wiescher, Freimann Professor of Physics, has published the German edition his book on the biography of Arthur Haas titled "Arthur E. Haas - Ein verborgener Pioneer der Modernen Physik" and printed by the LIT Verlag in Vienna. The book describes the fate and science of an Austrian Jewish physicist during the first half of the 20th century.
Prof. Umesh Garg is the 2022 recipient of the Dick and Peggy Notebaert Award. This award from the University of Notre Dame Gradaute School recognizes significant contributions to graduate training, including, but not limited to: building a graduate program; securing training grants to fund graduate students; serving with excellence as a director of graduate studies or as a graduate administrative assistant; developing programming or support systems for graduate students, etc.