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The Cosmological Lithium Problem

September 14, 2020

The Cosmological Lithium Problem The standard model of the Big Bang rests on three observational pillars. The first is the cosmic microwave background radiation. The second is the cosmic expansion as measured by the light from distant supernovae. The third … Continued

Emergence of a pseudogap in ultracold gases

August 4, 2020

The most recent publication by Associate Prof. Joaquin Drut, in collaboration with Aurel Bulgac and Adam Richie-Halford from the University of Washington, appeared today in Physical Review Letters. In this work, Drut and colleagues investigate strongly correlated Fermi systems with pairing … Continued

Toward the quantum many-body problem, one particle at a time.

July 30, 2020

The latest work of graduate student Yaqi Hou and associate professor Joaquin Drut just appeared in Physical Review Letters, highlighted as Editor’s suggestion. Hou and Drut pushed to new heights a non-perturbative computational technique (also originally developed and applied by Drut’s … Continued

NSF Grad Fellowships For Past and Present UNC Chapel Hill Students

April 1, 2020

We are proud to announce that Samantha Pagan, a former student, Margie Bruff, a current undergraduate student, and Nick Bryden, a graduate student, have received NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awards. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports … Continued

Laura Mersini-Houghton Featured On “Closer To The Truth” On PBS

March 30, 2020

Our very own Laura Mersini-Houghton is being featured on PBS’s “Closer To The Truth” series as they focus on Women In Science. You can access her episodes and interviews via In honor of Women’s History Month in the US … Continued

Robert Janssens on Gold’s Wobbly Nucleus

February 12, 2020

As the earth rotates along its axis, it wobbles a little bit. This wobbling comes, in part, from how mass is distributed across the planet. Nuclear physics researchers have now observed this same type of wobbling in Au187- a gold … Continued

Jeff Ratzloff 2020 Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award

January 22, 2020

We are excited to announce that Jeff Ratzloff has been selected to receive the 2020 Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in the area of Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Engineering. The Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes the highest level of graduate student scholarship … Continued

Society of Physics Students Outstanding Chapter

December 13, 2019

Under the direction of Dr. Joaquin Drut, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students has earned the designation of a Society of Physics Students Outstanding Chapter! This is the highest level of … Continued