Our own Daniel Wik, assistant professor of Physics & Astronomy, is featured in the 20th anniversary video about the XMM-Newton mission, which is helping to solve cosmic mysteries, from black holes to the origins of the Universe.
A University of Utah professor and his students are working to produce the first catalog of star clusters in the Triangulum Galaxy, also called Messier 33. They are following the model of a similar catalog he helped produced of a section of the closest large galaxy to our own, Andromeda.
The human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, wages war in our bodies using a strategy evolved over millions of years that turns our own cellular machines against themselves. Despite massive strides in understanding the disease, there are still important gaps. For years, scientists at the University of Utah wished there was a way to visualize how the virus and its molecules interact with human cells in real time. So, a research group developed one.
The next generation of information technology could take advantage of spintronics—electronics that use the minuscule magnetic fields emanating from spinning electrons as well as the electric charges of the electrons themselves—for faster, smaller electronic devices that use less energy. Newly published work by scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Utah may figure into the future success of spin-based electronics.
Twelve students from the Physics & Astronomy Department attended the 2019 Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Congress (Phys Con) in Providence, Rhode Island, the largest gathering of undergraduate physics students in the world. The biannual conference is sponsored by the American Institute of Physics.