University Awarded $1 Million by Keck Foundation to Study Cosmic Rays

Artists conception of a cosmic ray, originating in a 'jet' from an active galaxy, colliding with the Earth's atmosphere and creating an extensive air shower. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Science Photo Library website.

Grant Will Assist Researchers in Developing New Radar Technique to Study Origin, Energy, & Composition of Universe’s Most Energetic Particles

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Sept 19, 2012 – The University of Utah today announced that the W.M. Keck Foundation awarded $1 million to university researchers to study high-energy cosmic rays in Utah’s western deserts that are hurtling their way toward Earth. These rays — 10 trillion times more energetic than particles emitted in a nuclear explosion — originate from violent cosmic events deep within the universe.

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A ‘Dirt Cheap’ Magnetic Field Sensor from ‘Plastic Paint’

An inexpensive and highly accurate “spintronic” magnetic field sensor developed at the University of Utah is shown here. The entire device, on a printed circuit board, measures about 0.8 inches by 1.2 inches. But the part that actually detects magnetic fields is the reddish-orange thin-film semiconductor – essentially “plastic paint” – near the center-right of the device. Photo Credit: Christoph Boehme, University of Utah

Spintronic Device Uses Thin-Film Organic Semiconductor

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June 12, 2012 – University of Utah physicists developed an inexpensive, highly accurate magnetic field sensor for scientific and possibly consumer uses based on a “spintronic” organic thin-film semiconductor that basically is “plastic paint.”

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The Role Of Particle Morphology

by Alia P. Schoen,Materials Research Society
MRS Bulletin (2011), 36: 154-156, Copyright © 2011 Materials Research Society. Reprinted with the permission of Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1557/mrs.2011.51 Published online: 2011

Su Liu (left) & Nick Borys (right), both employed in John Lupton’s lab. Borys & Lupton were authors on the paper, “The Role of Particle Morphology in Interfacial Energy Transfer in CdSe/CdS Heterostructure Nanocrystals”. Published in Science Dec. 2010.


Semiconductor heterostructures that have large absorption cross sections, high stability, and quantum yields as well as size-tunable electronic structures are good candidates for light-harvesting and energy conversion applications.

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How Black Holes Grow

Artist’s conception of a supermassive black hole (lower left) with its tremendous gravity capturing one star (bluish, center) from a pair of binary stars, while hurling the second star (yellowish, upper right) away at a hypervelocity of more than 1 million mph. The grayish blobs are other stars captured in a cluster near the black hole. They appear distorted because the black hole’s gravity curves spacetime and thus bends the starlight. Photo Credit: Ben Bromley, University of Utah.

Evidence Indicates They Eat Binary Star Partners

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April 2, 2012 – A study led by a University of Utah astrophysicist found a new explanation for the growth of supermassive black holes in the center of most galaxies: they repeatedly capture and swallow single stars from pairs of stars that wander too close.

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$21.5 Million for Materials Research

A laser in an electrical engineering lab at the University of Utah, which has won a $12 million National Science Foundation grant to launch a $21.5 million basic research program aimed at developing new materials for such uses as faster computers and communications devices and better micro scopes and solar cells Photo Credit: Nathan Weston, University of Utah.

University Of Utah Gets $12 Million from Prestigious Federal Program

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Sept. 8, 2011 – The University of Utah is launching a six-year, $21.5 million effort to conduct basic research aimed at developing new materials for uses ranging from faster computers and communications devices to better microscopes and solar cells.

The new Center of Excellence in Materials Research and Innovation is being established and funded for six years by a $12 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), $6.5 million for major equipment from the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative and $3 million from the University of Utah.

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