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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.

Prof. Michael Shay elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society

A hearty congratulations is extended to Professor Michael Shay who has just been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. The citation, which will appear on his Fellowship Certificate, will read: “For pioneering contributions to understanding magnetic reconnection, including the nature of collisionless reconnection, and of plasma turbulence.” This is a great achievement - it is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership.

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.

 

Workshop on Topological Spintronics and Skyrmionics organized by Prof. Nikolic in France

 June 10, 2015 -  Prof. Nikolic, who will be working in the Fall as a Visiting Scientist at the Centre de Physique Théorique de Grenoble-Alpes, and colleageus from Spintec and CEA in Grenoble are organizing a Workshop on the emerging research area of Topological Spintronics and Skyrmionics