UNC’S EVRYSCOPE DETECTS A SUPERFLARE

April 9, 2018

  UNC’s Evryscope has detected a superflare that briefly made the tiny star Proxima Centauri (https://arxiv.org/pdf/1804.02001.pdf), the nearest star to our Sun, near100x brighter. Proxima Centauri hosts a likely terrestrial-mass planet in its habitable-zone, but Proxima Centauri’s extreme stellar activity casts doubt on … Continued

ANTONACCI SELECTED AS DEAN’S GRADUATE FELLOW

March 6, 2018

Michael Antonacci, Physics and Astronomy Graduate working in Dr. Branca’s lab, has been selected as a Dean’s Graduate Fellow in the College of Art and Science for the Academic Year 2018-2019. Michael distinguished himself as outstanding researcher and teacher. As … Continued

SPEAKING MATH

February 9, 2018

An article by Alyssa Lafaro featuring Prof. Drut’s research was published in UNC’s Endeavors magazine. The article describes the kind of work done by Drut’s group as they develop and apply computational methods to quantum many-body problem. In their work, Drut’s … Continued

MCNEIL LEADS TASK FORCE ON CAREER PREPARATION

December 8, 2017

An article co-authored by Prof. Laurie McNeil of the UNC Physics & Astronomy Department was published in the November 2017 issue of Physics Today.  The article describes the report Phys21: Preparing Physics Students for 21st Century Careers prepared by the … Continued

Eclipse images from Prof. Steven Christensen

August 29, 2017

UNC Physics and Astronomy Adjunct Professor Steven Christensen captured several amazing pictures of the 8/21 solar eclipse from Niota, Tennessee. The area experienced two minutes and thirty-nine seconds of totality. Niota and the surrounding communities in Eastern Tennessee were among … Continued

Bartram wins award at TAUP 2017

August 14, 2017

Chelsea Bartram, a graduate student in the UNC Department of Physics and Astronomy, has received the Third Prize for her poster presented at TAUP 2017 — The XV International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics. The conference was … Continued

Hermes’ White Dwarf Research Featured by AAS

June 8, 2017

The American Astronomical Society recently featured UNC Physics and Astronomy postdoctoral associate and Hubble Fellow J.J. Hermes‘ research surrounding a newly discovered white dwarf.  Designated SDSSJ0837+1856, the white dwarf is “unusually massive,” and its uniqueness allows study of the rotation … Continued

Othman Featured in Endeavors

March 9, 2017

Gulden (Joule) Othman, a third-year graduate student in UNC Physics and Astronomy, was recently featured in Endeavors magazine’s ‘Women in Science Wednesdays’ for March 8, 2016. The full interview with the UNC research magazine can be found here. Congratulations, Joule!