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UD researcher helps to refine precision of atomic clock

May 4, 2015 - For those whose kitchen clocks almost never agree with their nightstand clocks, for those who grouse about forcing their watches to spring forward or fall back, the work University of Delaware physicist Marianna Safronova and other researchers are doing may be nothing short of mystifying.

Paper by Szalewicz group paves the way for greater precision in pressure measurement

May 1, 2015 - Most of us know helium as the lighter-than-air gas that puts lift into birthday balloons or makes a baritone's resonant voice sound more like Donald Duck's. But helium -- a non-toxic element that is abundant in the universe but a scarce, non-renewable resource on earth -- has many significant uses in industry, medicine and science.

Prof. D'Arruda receives Outstanding Alumni Award from Lowell Tech

April 28, 2015 - Jose D'Arruda, Ph.D. 1971, University of Delaware, has received the Outstanding Physics Alumni Award from Lowell Technological Institute, Lowell, Massachusetts. Each spring the Department of Physics and Applied Physics holds an awards banquet, hosted by the Society of Physics Students and the Graduate Physics Association, to honor student award recipients at both the undergraduate and graduate level. At the 2015 banquet in April, Dr. A'Arruda was presented with the Outstanding Physics Alumni Award.

Colleagues and friends remember Prof. Norbert Mulders

April 23, 2015 - University of Delaware colleagues, friends and students of the late Dr. Norbert Mulders, professor of physics and astronomy, remember him as a dedicated and inspiring teacher, a brilliant experimental physicist and an open and witty companion. Dr. Mulders, a UD alumnus and member of the faculty since 1996, died from complications resulting from esophageal cancer on Monday, March 30. He was 55.

Prof. Böer at the Institute of Energy Conversion this spring

March 12, 2015 - Karl W. Böer, distinguished professor of physics and solar energy, gave a presentation at the Institute of Energy Conversion titled "How to turn CdS p-type using hyper-high-field Böer Domains." He showed that at 125 kV/cm gold electrodes can inject massively holes into CdS, inverting it to become p-type, turning the well-known quenching spectrum with electron density minima at 0.9, 1.2 and 1.3 μm into maxima at nearly the same wavelength.

Matthaeus and Shay to witness long-awaited launch of NASA research mission

March 11, 2015 - Don't even try to guess what NASA's next launch will deliver in technological advance, scientific understanding, and new research possibilities. That is mission impossible, says University of Delaware physicist William Matthaeus. "There is no way to predict what the impact will be," he said.

No one has ever seen what scientists expect to see in the $850 million Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, after all. And no one can imagine what the world will be like two years from now -- or 10 years.