Peter Higgs receiving an Honorary PhD from Carol Folt on March 3, 2015.
UNC Professor Nick Law and his team of graduate students have commissioned Evryscope to survey the sky for planets transiting white dwarfs and other transient phenomena. See the writeup in Science magazine.
UNC-CH Chancellor Carol Folt, Dr. Stephen Hawking, and UNC Professor Laura Mersini-Houghton at the Hawking Radiation Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, August 24-29, 2015. Read about the event here.
Majorana Demonstrator under construction in Sanford Underground Labroatory, Lead, South Dakota.
Dr. Patrick Brady visited the department on Thursday, March 3, to deliver a colloquium on the recent LIGO gravitational wave findings. If you missed the event, you can access a recording of the presentation by clicking below:
Video - LIGO Colloquium
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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.
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
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
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
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