News

Aprahamian comments in Nature on the inauguration of FRIB

Author: Shelly Goethals

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.…

Read More

Garg receives 2022 Dick and Peggy Notebaert Award

Author: Shelly Goethals

Umesh Garg 1200

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.

Read More

Bardayan and colleagues lead experiential student learning trip to Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories

Author: Janet Weikel

Img 5027

As part of the Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC), Profs. Mike Desch, Dan Lindley, and Dan Bardayan lead annual Spring Break student trips to visit sites of National Security Interest.  NDISC seeks to educate exceptional undergraduate students in the area of international security, broadly defined.  This purpose of the trip is twofold: 1) To expose students to the history of the nuclear age through direct immersion in one of the central foci of the development of U.S. nuclear weapons  2) To expose students to the state-of-the-art facilities and capabilities that exist at national defense related sites.

Read More

Orlando Olivas-Gomez and August Gula receive 2022 Browne Award

Author: Janet Weikel

Orlando Gomez
August Gula

The 2022 Cornelius P. Browne Memorial Award in Nuclear Physics is shared between two graduate students. Orlando Olivas-Gomez was recognized for his work on searching for branching points in the p-process nucleosynthesis path, and August Gula for the measurements of nuclear reaction processes of interest for first stellar burning.…

Read More

Adam Clark receives 2022 Lamm Award

Author: Janet Weikel

A Clark Lamm Award

Adam Clark received the 2022 Larry O. Lamm Memorial Award in Nuclear Physics. The award is given annually to the student that was deemed to have provided the most outstanding service and dedication to the Nuclear Science Laboratory. The award recognizes Adam’s work and dedication to the maintenance and operations of the SNICS source and the FN accelerator.…

Read More

Aprahamian serves as keynote speaker at the Armenian American Medical Society's 35th Anniversary Gala

Author: Shelly Goethals

Ani Award

Frank M. Freimann Professor of Physics Ani Aprahamian was the keynote speaker at the Armenian American Medical Society's 35th Anniversary Gala held at Universal City, in California on November 20, 2021. Aprahamian serves the director of A. Alikhanyan National Science Laboratory of Armenia. At the gala Professor Aprahamian was also honored for her outstanding leadership and dedication in expanding the capacity of the scientific and healthcare sectors of the Republic of Armenia. “The Cryogen Center/Oxygen Generator project was one of the largest projects the AAMS has ever funded,” said Garni Barkhoudarian, MD, FAAP. “Professor Aprahamian was the person responsible for this project. Because of her, Armenia now has enough liquid oxygen for the entire country in all sectors for at least fifty years. We couldn’t think of a more deserving recipient.”…

Read More

Notre Dame researchers unlock clues to the production of isotopes in supernovae

Author: Janet Weikel

Img 20211104 122352

The elements that make up our world were produced in various astrophysical environments. Some are produced in the cores of stars and some in violent cataclysmic explosions such as supernovae. Notre Dame researchers have now unlocked a key piece of a puzzle in understanding how some rare-earth nuclei, such as Mo and Ru, are produced in the cosmos. Among supernovae researchers, there has been a long-standing debate on whether the production of elements heavier than Cu is terminated by what is called the Ni-Cu cycle. This new experimental result hints that this is not actually the case, as it found that the (p,α) reaction that produces the isotope 56

Read More

Wiescher publishes biography "Arthur E. Haas – The Hidden Pioneer of Quantum Mechanics"

Author: Janet Weikel

Wiescher Photo

Michael Wiescher, Freimann Professor of Physics published the biography “Arthur E. Haas – The Hidden Pioneer of Quantum Mechanics” at Springer. A German version is being published by the LIT Verlag in Vienna. Arthur E. Haas came to ND as a professor of physics in 1936 on the recommendation of Albert Einstein. At the time, he was a well known theoretical physicist who escaped from the growing dangers of fascism in Austria/Germany to the United States to build a new life.

Read More

NSF MRI awarded to Bardayan to conduct research on nuclear astrophysics

Author: Shelly Goethals

Professor Dan Bardayan received a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on nuclear astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame’s Nuclear Science Laboratory.

With the $505,000 grant to be matched with $217,000 from the University, Bardayan will develop a nuclear decay spectrometer called SABRE, the Silicon Array for Branching Ratio Experiments. SABRE will take advantage of the unique TriSol facility at the Nuclear Science Lab to measure proton and alpha branching ratios as small as one part in one-hundred thousand, which is characteristic of many important resonances of astrophysical interest.

Read More