Perovskite-based solar cells are promising alternatives to traditional silicon cells; however, the current research only offers a limited understanding of these complex devices since the electron transport within the device is physically difficult to probe. But U physicists Andrey Rogachev and Kevin Davenport have adapted a spectroscopic method to capture a “big picture” look at the carrier dynamics within a perovskite-based solar cell.
the Spectrum is published twice a year by the Department of Physics & Astronomy and provides interesting information about the department.
Scientists in the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) consortium today announced at the 236th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) that they have detected gamma rays from the Crab Nebula using a prototype Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope (pSCT), proving the viability of the novel telescope design for use in gamma-ray astrophysics. University of Utah faculty and staff in the Department of Physics & Astronomy are key members of the international research team announcing this technological breakthrough.
Every year, the University of Utah honors truly outstanding faculty mentors with the Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Distinguished Mentor Award. This year, the university has recognized Dr. Pearl Sandick, associate dean of Faculty Affairs in the College of Science and associate professor of Physics & Astronomy, for her excellence as a mentor, not only for her own research advisees, but for many others in our community.
Dean Peter Trapa announced that Professor Christoph Boehme has accepted an offer to serve as chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy, effective July 1, 2020.