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Vernon Lecture on Pluto: insights from the recent New Horizons mission

Dr. Harry Shipman, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Delaware, will present the Vernon Lecture for 2016 at 7:30PM in Clayton Hall. Pluto inhabits the frigid edges of our solar system far beyond the orbit of Neptune. Because of its distance and small size, we have only blurred glimpses of its surface features and character-istics, even with the best Earth-based telescopes. All that has now changed. New Horizons was launched in January 2006. After a journey of 3 billion miles, it passed within 13,000 miles of Pluto in July 2015.

A new home for an old experiment: CosRay moving to South Korea

The longest running experiment at McMurdo is leaving the station, but it’s not moving too far away, Antarctically speaking. The CosRay experiment, which has been recording changes in the stream of cosmic rays striking Earth since 1960, is relocating to the new South Korean station, Jang Bogo, about 230 miles away. It’s one of the closest stations to McMurdo, but because of Antarctica’s untamed nature, it’s a four-year project to move everything.

Grand opening for Nanofabrication Facility on Tuesday, March 8

Jan. 20, 2016 - Unless you are already schooled in this field of science and technology, you may need an analogy to put the University of Delaware's new Nanofabrication Facility into perspective. The "Machine Shop of the 21st Century," as co-directors Matthew Doty and John Xiao call it, will enable work at the nanoscale, a scale so small you can't see it with your eyes or even a conventional microscope.

Memorial Day in honor of Norbert Mulders on Sunday, March 13, 2016

NORBERT MULDERS MEMORIAL DAY

Date: Sunday March 13, 2016

Location: Deerfield Golf and Tennis Club, Newark, Delaware, USA
507 Thompson Station Rd Newark, DE 19711-7504
P: (302) 368-6640 F: (302) 368-6642
http://www.deerfieldgolfclub.com
 

 

Prof. Matthaeus helps explain characteristics of swirling solar wind

November 10, 2015 - Just a few hundred yards from the house where Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) lived in Arcetri for the last nine years of his life, the University of Delaware's William Matthaeus is working to further the world's understanding of the heliosphere - the big bubble of magnetism that holds the solar system together - and especially its turbulent nature. Matthaeus, professor of physics and astronomy who specializes in heliospheric plasma physics and turbulence theory, is steering the Arcetri 2015 Workshop on Plasma Astrophysics this week.

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.