Research News

Prof. Gizis discovers an "ultracool" brown dwarf that can generate flares stronger than the sun's

June 13, 2016 - Although astronomers often refer to brown dwarfs as “failed stars,” scientists at the University of Delaware have discovered that at least one of these dim celestial objects can emit powerful flashes of light. A research team led by Prof. Gizis, has discovered an “ultracool” brown dwarf known as 2MASS 0335+23, with a temperature of only 4400°F that can generate flares stronger than the sun’s. Gizis reported on the finding on June 13 at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in San Diego.

Physics at the edge of the cut

October 14, 2015 - Perturbation theory (PT) is an essential tool for the mathematical modeling of physical systems. It allows one to approximate the solution of a complex problem in terms of the solution of a much simpler unperturbed one. PT can be used to find approximations to almost  anything and it is used across fields in the physical and engineering sciences: the deflection of a wing and the magnetic moment of nuclei furnish examples from an endless list of possible applications.

Nano Letters article features new effect in the nascent field of topological spintronics

September 18, 2015 - In the recent Nano Letters article, an interdisciplinary team of physicists, materials scientists and electrical engineers, including Prof. Nikolic and DPA alumni Dr. Farzad Mahfouzi, have demonstrated novel effect in topological-insulator/ferromagnet (TI/FM) heterostructures exposed to microwave radiation. 

Cholesterol: More than just heart attacks

September 2, 2015 - In a recent Biophysical Journal article featured on the cover, Prof. Edward Lyman shows a configuration sampled by a molecular dynamics simulation of a mixture of two lipids and cholesterol, modeled in all-atom detail. Read more on the Website of Biophysical Journal.

 

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