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Professor assists NASA mission to measure disks that give birth to planets

Professor assists NASA mission to measure disks that give birth to planets

December 1, 2017

Dan Watson is part of a team of researchers developing new instrumentation for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). Unlike typical observatories that are positioned on the ground or in space, SOFIA is situated in between — on a Boeing 747SP jet airliner.

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In the mystery of positrons, dark matter is leading suspect

In the mystery of positrons, dark matter is leading suspect

November 16, 2017

Scientists at the HAWC Gamma Ray Observatory have ruled out two pulsars as the source of an unexpectedly large presence of positrons in our corner of the galaxy. Could they come from something more complex and exotic: dark matter?

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Quantum magic makes quick work of measuring frequency

Quantum magic makes quick work of measuring frequency

November 8, 2017

Using the strange rules of quantum mechanics, researchers were able to put a quantum bit in a superposition of two different energy states at the same time in order to speed up the accurate measurement of frequencies.

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Rochester leads new multi-institutional effort to study “extreme matter”

Rochester leads new multi-institutional effort to study “extreme matter”

September 7, 2017

Institutions including Cornell, Michigan, Princeton, and Stanford will join Rochester in developing an instrument to produce and study matter that exists under pressures far higher than either on or inside Earth.

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Climate change for aliens

Climate change for aliens

September 7, 2017

For more than 50 years, the Kardashev scale has been the gold standard for classifying hypothetical “exo-civilizations” by their ability to harness energy. A team of researchers led by Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank have devised a new system that takes into account the impacts of that energy use.

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When and how to see the partial solar eclipse in Rochester

When and how to see the partial solar eclipse in Rochester

August 17, 2017

Physics and astronomy professor Dan Watson will be experiencing Monday’s total solar eclipse from Tennessee, and he shares more eclipse answers and tips, as well as places at the University of Rochester where you can safely view the eclipse.

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Physics students keep their cool in summer labs

Physics students keep their cool in summer labs

July 31, 2017

From near-Earth objects to quantum computing, physics students come to Rochester to get an early start on their research careers this summer, working on federally funded and University sponsored projects.

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Researchers use lasers to display ‘true’ 3-D objects

Researchers use lasers to display ‘true’ 3-D objects

June 29, 2017

3-D displays, once only found in science fiction, are now closer to reality using a 3-D volumetric display where viewers can see images in three dimensions without the use of special glasses or filters.

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Wilson Quad goes dark for Earth Hour

Wilson Quad goes dark for Earth Hour

March 23, 2017

When the clock strikes 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, iconic international venues such as Times Square, the Sydney Opera House, and the Taj Mahal all will become dark. So, too, will the River Campus’s Wilson Quad.

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Physics and Astronomy professors awarded research leave fellowships

Physics and Astronomy professors awarded research leave fellowships

March 23, 2017

Alice Quillen and Andrew Jordan have been awarded prestigious Simons Foundation Faculty Fellowships to pursue their research in theoretical physics. “This is a great time to drop everything and go work on the galaxy!” says Quillen.

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