Department News

Brice Ménard to give the Hans Jensen Lecture at University of Heidelberg

Prof. Brice Ménard has been invited to give the Hans Jensen Lecture at the University of Heidelberg as part of the doctoral program’s biannual “Heidelberg Physics Graduate Days.”  The lecture is named for Hans Jensen, who shared the 1963 Nobel Prize for the nuclear shell model, and is intended to honor speakers who  have made fundamental contributions […]

Liang Wu Receives McMillan Prize for Research in Condensed Matter Physics

Liang Wu, who earned his Ph. D. in the department in 2015 (supervised by Peter Armitage), received the McMillan Prize “for novel terahertz and optical spectroscopy experiments on topological insulators and semimetals.” The McMillan Prize is an annual award given by the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois to an outstanding young researcher […]

Tommi Tenkanen Publishes a New Explanation for Dark Matter

Postdoctoral Fellow Tommi Tenkanen recently had a paper published as editor’s suggestion in Physical Review Letters that provides a new explanation for dark matter and explains how it may have been produced already before the Big Bang. The paper also presents a way to test the hypothesis by observing the distribution of galaxies in the […]

CLASS Telescope Featured on NPR’s All Things Considered

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In a segment titled “Telescope In Chile’s Mountains Looks For Signals To Explain How The Universe Began,” NPR Science Journalist Joe Palca interviews Associate Professor Toby Marriage and others to share the science behind the Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor (CLASS) project. Listen to radio segment on NPR’s website.