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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.

Dr. Marianna Safronova Elected Vice Chair of DAMOP

June 1, 2016 - Physics Professor Marianna Safronova has been elected vice chair of the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics of the American Physical Society (DAMOP).  The four-year-term position starts with vice chair and progresses to chair elect, chair, and then past chair. 

IceCube neutrino observatory receives National Science Foundation funding

March 30, 2016 - Smaller than an atom and hurtling through space at near the speed of light, neutrinos are high-energy particles that pass right through just about anything in their way — yourself included — at a pace of billions per second.

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.