Cosmic Ray Research Group Opens Visitor Center

The University of Utah is opening a new Millard County Cosmic Ray Visitor Center in Delta, Utah, inside the existing Lon and Mary Watson Cosmic Ray Center, which is the hub of operations for the nearby Telescope Array, a cosmic ray observatory spread across the desert west of delta. Photo Credit: University of Utah

Displays on Astrophysics Research Open Weekdays

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Oct. 3, 2011 – The University of Utah’s Department of Physics & Astronomy held an open house at 1 p.m. MDT Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 at the new Millard County Cosmic Ray Visitor Center in Delta, Utah.

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Mars Rover Curiosity Makes Safe Landing on Red Planet

This article was originally published on August 5, 2012 in the Salt Lake Tribune. Reprinted with permission from Sheena McFarland & the Salt Lake Tribune

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Give the landing a 10.

NASA's Curiosity rover, the largest-ever rover launched, safely made its way to the surface of the red planet — a maneuver trickier than sticking any gymnastics landing seen in the London Olympics.

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Department “Quarks”

The Ups, Downs, Tops, Bottoms, Charms & Strangeness of the Department

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Utah Physicists Invent ‘Spintronic’ LED

A new “spintronic” organic light-emitting diode glows orangish (center) when the device, chilled well below freezing, is exposed to a magnetic field from the two poles of an electromagnet located on either side of the device. University of Utah physicists report inventing the new kind of LED in the July 13 issue of the journal Science. Credit: Tho Nguyen, University of Utah. Click to enlarge.

New Technology Promises Brighter TV & Computer Displays

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July 12, 2012 – University of Utah physicists invented a new “spintronic” organic light-emitting diode or OLED that promises to be brighter, cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the kinds of LEDs now used in television and computer displays, lighting, traffic lights and numerous electronic devices.

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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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