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U students create new presentations during planetarium internship

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This past summer Keegan Benfield, Ethan Lamé, and Christian Norseth, in the U’s Department of Physics & Astronomy, participated in an internship program at Evans & Sutherland, a Cosm company. Cosm/E&S, considered the world’s first computer graphics company, has developed advanced computer graphics technologies for more than five decades. Their technology developed Digistar 7, the world’s […]

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Physics Dept. hosts NuFact International Workshop at Snowbird

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  Professor Carsten Rott and colleagues from the Department of Physics & Astronomy recently hosted an international workshop on neutrinos at Snowbird. Known as NuFact, the workshop brought together experimentalists, theorists, and accelerator physicists from all over the world to share their knowledge and expertise in the field. NuFact had more than 150 in-person participants […]

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U astrophysicist Dan Wik is member of team whose proposal has been selected by NASA for further study

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NASA has selected four mission proposals submitted to the agency’s Explorers Program for further study. U astrophysicist Dan Wik is a member of the STAR-X Proposal Team, one of the two Astrophysics Medium Explorer missions selected by NASA for further study. The proposals include missions that would study exploding stars, distant clusters of galaxies, and […]

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Boom! A meteor crashes across Utah’s sky

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On the morning of Aug. 13, a mysterious BOOM rattled windows and Utahns’ nerves across the Wasatch Front. Immediately, people speculated on social media: Was it thunder? Construction? Jets from Hill Air Force Base? The answer came via grainy video feeds from residential security cameras—it appeared that a meteor had crashed into Earth’s atmosphere to […]

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Gail Zasowski: To boldly know what no one has known before

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  According to Captain James T. Kirk, space is the final frontier (although oceanographers might have something to say about that). Beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, there is a vast area of the universe that we will likely never completely understand, despite the best efforts of mathematicians, physicists and astronomers. However, rather than being a source of […]

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U astronomers tackle decade’s biggest questions

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The innovative research from U physics and astronomy hit the areas that the national community determined as priorities in a once-in-a-decade report that guides the direction of astro-research for years to come. Lisa Potter, research communications specialist, University of Utah Communications Astronomers and astrophysicists at the University of Utah have been driving discoveries in the […]

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Out with a bang: explosive neutron star merger captured for the first time in millimeter light

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In a first for radio astronomy, scientists have detected millimeter-wavelength light from a short-duration gamma-ray burst. This artist’s conception shows the merger between a neutron star and another star (seen as a disk, lower left) which caused an explosion resulting in the short-duration gamma-ray burst, GRB 211106A (white jet, middle), and left behind what scientists […]

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the Spectrum 2022

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Featured: black holes, student awards, research awards, LGBT+ physicists, and more. Read here.

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Are scientists about to unveil the mysteries of dark matter?

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The Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, developed and managed by the European Organization for Nuclear Research . The collider became operational in 2008 and has since led to numerous landmark discoveries. On Tuesday, July 5, 2022, the third phase of experiments using the collider began […]

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Ramón Barthelemy

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Ramón S. Barthelemy, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah, has been awarded the 2022 WEPAN (Women in Engineering ProActive Network) Betty Vetter Research Award for notable achievement in research related to women in engineering. The award is named in memory of Betty M. Vetter, long-time director of the Commission on […]

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