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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.

Extreme data science approach to nonequilibrium quantum many-body systems: A synergy between physics, computer science and applied math

December 9, 2014 - In the recent review article published in International Journal of Modern Physics B, Prof. Nikolic and collaborators - Prof. Freericks from Physics and Prof. Frieder from Computer Science Departments at Georgetown University - have proposed new routes to tackle the challenge posed by quantum many-body systems far from equilibrium encountered in  condensed matter physics, AMO physics, plasma physics and cosmology.

UD physics alumni Dr. James Dalessio and Dr. John Meyer organize flash mob to promote their new app Called Upgoat

Nov. 6, 2014 - Last week a group of 50 dancers surprised University of Delaware students on The Green with a seemingly spontaneous performance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller in full zombie regalia. Hundreds students and other members of the UD community stopped to watch the zombies perform Jackson’s famous dance. Michael Shay, professor of physics and astronomy, was on The Green at the time of the flash mob. “It was very creative,” said Shay. “It was entertaining to watch all those people dancing to a song from my high school days.

Evidence for a common physical origin of the Landau and BEC theories of superfluidity

November 20, 2014 - In a recent Physical Review Letter article, which is highlighted by PRL as an “Editors Suggestion” to read, Prof. Mulders, Prof. Glyde and collaborators combine neutron scattering and torsional oscillator measurements to show that two originally quite separate theories of superfluidity in liquid 4He are based on mutually consistent liquid properties (phonons and BEC) that have a common physical origin.

Prof. Safronova included in Google 2014 version of Scholar Metrics

One of Prof. Marianna Safronova's has been included in the Google 2014 version of Scholar Metrics, which highlights influential scientific papers published between 2009 and 2013: "Theory and applications of atomic and ionic polarizabilities," J. Mitroy, M.S. Safronova, C.W. Clark, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys., 43, 202001 (2010).


Highly charged ions for atomic clocks and quantum information

July 22, 2014 - In the recent Physical Review Letters article, Prof. Safronova and her collaborators from the US, Australia and Russia have proposed 10 highly charged ions as candidates for the development of next generation atomic clocks, search for variation of fundamental physical constants, and quantum information processing. They predicted the ion properties crucial for the experimental exploration and highlighted particularly attractive systems for these applications.