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We are leaders in several subfields of physics & astronomy. We infuse that leadership into education and service. Our research foci include the origin and structure of the universe, the microscopic and macroscopic description of condensed matter and biological systems, and the physics of the environment.

 

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John Barton
HIV study explains how latent and rebound viruses are related
John Barton, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and an expert in statistical physics and evolutionary dynamics, is a coauthor on a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that examines how latent HIV viruses – viruses that are inactive and “hiding” within cells – relate to the viruses…
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UC Riverside’s Nathaniel Gabor and colleague formulate a vision for the field in a perspective article
Physicists name and codify new field in nanotechnology: ‘electron quantum metamaterials’: UC Riverside’s Nathaniel Gabor and colleague formulate a vision for the field in a perspective article
When two atomically thin two-dimensional layers are stacked on top of each other and one layer is made to rotate against the second layer, they begin to produce patterns — the familiar moiré patterns — that neither layer can generate on its own and that facilitate the passage of light and electrons, allowing for materials that…
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Physicists explain how large spherical viruses form. UC Riverside-led study deciphers key elements for the assembly of a large virus; understanding its formation could contain viruses’ spread
A virus, the simplest physical object in biology, consists of a protein shell called the capsid, which protects its nucleic acid genome — RNA or DNA.  The capsid can be cylindrical or conical in shape, but more commonly it assumes an icosahedral structure, like a soccer ball. Capsid formation is one of the most crucial steps in…
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