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EVENTS

Our department colloquium series meets Mondays throughout the semester at 4:00 p.m. Find out about this and other department events here.

Observation of Gravitational Waves From a Binary Black Hole Merger

Dr. Patrick Brady from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee visited UNC Physics and Astronomy on 3/3/2016 to discuss the recent LIGO detection of gravitational waves, a finding which reinforced a fundamental part of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

Carolina Faculty Look Back at Historic Conference

UNC faculty discuss their involvement with the Hawking Radiation Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, which took place August 24-29, 2015.

USING ROBO-AO TO VERIFY EXOPLANETS

This timelapse video (from Christoph Baranec, Robo-AO PI) shows Robo-AO using its laser to target planet candidates identified by NASA’s Kepler mission. Graduate Student Carl Zeigler, his advisor Professor Nick Law, and collaborators at Princeton & Hawaii are using these results to confirm thousands of exoplanet candidates and to explore the effects of stellar companions on planetary formation.

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Exploring Stellar Processes More Efficiently at LENA

The Laboratory for Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics (LENA), located at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL), is noted internationally for its precision nuclear reaction rate measurements of rare astrophysical processes. These are critical to stellar nucleosynthesis of heavier elements from hydrogen … Continued

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Othman, Went Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Two UNC Physics and Astronomy students, Joule Othman and Cora Went, have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for 2016. Joule is a second year graduate student at UNC, concentrating in Nuclear Physics. She completed her undergraduate work … Continued

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Kannappan Honored With University Award for the Advancement of Women

UNC Physics and Astronomy Professor Sheila Kannappan was among four university leaders who received the University Award for the Advancement of Women for 2016. The award, which was introduced in 2006, recognizes significant accomplishment in mentoring, recruiting, offering professional development … Continued

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Prof. Laura Mersini-Houghton Interviewed About Gravitational Waves on WUNC’s “The State of Things”

UNC-CH Professor Laura Mersini-Houghton and Professor Greg Cook from Wake Forest University were interviewed for the Feb. 17 edition of WUNC’s “The State of Things.” In the interview, they talk about the recent Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detection of … Continued

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