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SIGNS OF LIFE ON VENUS?

Article by Diane Stopyra Photo courtesy of NASA October 21, 2020

UD professors from astronomy, international relations and psychology say what this means for earthlings

The planet Venus has arguably remained less captivating than, say, the legendary tennis star or, for that matter, the women’s razor blade company — both of those Venuses have at least enjoyed ample airtime on cable TV.

But the second rock from the sun? Meh. It has never radiated the sex appeal of Saturn’s rings or dominated space-centric pop culture like Mars.

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$18 Million for UD center to advance materials research will involve four DPA condensed matter physics groups

One of the two Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRG) within MRSEC will be focused on hybrid quantum materials with emergent Terahertz (THz) functionalities with involvement of DPA experimental condensed matter groups of Prof. Jungfleisch, Prof. Xiao and Prof. Gundlach and theoretical condensed matter group of Prof. Nikolic. Other faculty in this IRG are Prof. Doty, Prof. Zide and Prof. Law from Materials Science and Engineering, as well as Dr. Bryant from NIST.

TIME FOR A NUCLEAR CLOCK

UD physicist Marianna Safronova and collaborators have won a highly competitive “Synergy Grant” from the European Research Council to develop nuclear clock technology. The grant is worth more than $15 million over six years.

The atomic clocks that give extraordinary precision to the Global Positioning System (GPS) are based on transitions between energy states of atoms. Many advances have been made since the launch of the GPS satellites and the best world clock is now accurate to within one second every 30 billion years.

Multiple Faculty Positions in Quantum Science and Quantum Materials

The University of Delaware is expanding its Quantum Science and Engineering research program, which includes significant computational and experimental efforts in Quantum Materials.

The three positions to be filled this year include:

UD professor helps test the symmetry of space-time
Physicists like University of Delaware Professor Marianna Safronova are continually working to improve the precision of atomic clocks, which keep time by measuring the frequency of vibration within atoms, tiny particles made up of protons, neutrons and electrons. Atomic clocks are used to synchronize many global systems and allow considerable research in physics and other sciences, too.