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DPA ranked among the top 200 physics departments in the world according to research impact and excellence

October 16, 2012 - The University of Delaware is listed among the top universities in the world, based on a new report on the production and impact of scientific papers. The 2012 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, released Oct. 9 by National Taiwan University, is based on statistics of scientific papers that reflect three major performance criteria: research productivity, research impact and research excellence.

Widely used Platinum-based detection of pure spin currents under scrutiny

October 7, 2012 - In the recent Physical Review Letters article, Prof. Xiao's group with collaborators from the Johns Hopkins University and the Arizona State University have performed detailed magnetotransport measurements, both electrical and thermal, to conclusively show strong ferromagnetic characteristics in thin Platinum (Pt) films on the ferromagnetic insulator YIG due to the magnetic proximity effects.

Prof. John Bieber directs project on solar storm protection

July 12, 2012 - Massive explosions on the sun unleash radiation that could kill astronauts in space. Now, researchers from the U.S. and South Korea have developed a warning system capable of forecasting the radiation from these violent solar storms nearly three hours (166 minutes) in advance, giving astronauts, as well as air crews flying over Earth’s polar regions, time to take protective action.

Szalewicz group's article in the prestigious Science magazine will help astrophysicists explore where stars are born

May 31, 2012 - A University of Delaware-led research team reports an advance in the June 1 issue of Science that may help astrophysicists more accurately analyze the vast molecular clouds of gas and dust where stars are born. Krzysztof Szalewicz, professor of physics and astronomy at UD, was the principal investigator on the National Science Foundation funded research project, which solved equations of quantum mechanics to more precisely describe the interactions between mole

For two molecules on blind date, new method predicts potential for attraction or repulsion

May 15, 2012 - Krzysztof Szalewicz, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Delaware, and Rafal Podeszwa of the University of Silesia Institute of Chemistry in Poland have developed and validated a more accurate method for predicting the interaction energy of large molecules, such as biomolecules used to develop new drugs.

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