Combating Cosmic Rays With the Majorana Project

November 19, 2014

An article in the October 2014 issue of Physics World Magazine discusses the Majorana team’s work in the Sanford Underground Research Facility to combat cosmic radiation which interferes with their neutrino experiments. The project’s overall goal is to test whether … Continued

Novel UNC Telescope Receives NSF Funding

July 22, 2014

A novel telescope proposed by UNC astronomer Nick Law will take images of the whole sky every two minutes to look for exoplanets transiting in front of their host stars, and other transient events. The project has been fully funded … Continued

First Ring System Around Asteroid

March 27, 2014

A few days ago, we teased that we have an exciting result to share with you. Here it is! On June 3rd, Chariklo — the largest object between Saturn and Uranus — passed in front of a relatively bright star. … Continued

Transforming Large Lectures

March 21, 2014

The UNC Physics and Astronomy Department is doing its part to transform large lecture halls into smaller, more personal learning environments. Along with many other departments in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences, P&A is providing students the opportunity … Continued

Sanford Lab to Be Featured on ‘Jeopardy!’

February 21, 2014

The Sanford Lab in Lead, South Dakota, will be featured in a category on the game show ‘Jeopardy!’ this Friday, 2/21/2014. The lab is the home of research related to the MAJORANA project. Click the link below for the full … Continued

Burk Receives Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award

February 17, 2014

The Graduate School has announced Laurel Burk, a postdoctoral research associate with UNC Physics and Astronomy, as the 2014 recipient of the Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award for Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering. The award recognizes exemplary scholarly work in doctoral … Continued

Two Physics and Astronomy Faculty Among Teaching Award Recipients

January 31, 2014

Chancellor Carol Folt announced the winners of the 2014 University Teaching Awards during halftime of the January 26 men’s basketball game. Professor Christian Iliadis was announced as the university’s nominee for the Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, … Continued

Amy Oldenburg Receives NSF CAREER Award

December 5, 2013

Assistant Professor Amy Oldenburg, Physics & Astronomy, has received an NSF CAREER award for her project titled “Imaging multi-scale viscoelastic properties of cancer-associated remodeling.” The project involves the development of a novel optical imaging instrument combining holography and optical coherence … Continued

New Cancer Therapy Developed Based on UNC Physics Research

November 27, 2013

UNC Physics Professors Otto Zhou and Jianping Lu, along with Radiation Oncology Professor Sha Chang, have developed a promising new therapy for cancer tumors that is based on carbon nanotube x-ray emitters developed in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. … Continued