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Out of this world: An alumna’s dream comes true

Brittany Seto, a University of California, Riverside, alumna, works with vehicles that are millions of miles away — on Mars. “I had always imagined myself working in the automotive or space industry when I was an undergraduate,” she said. “I didn’t think I would be working with vehicles on another planet!” Brittany Seto with a...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

Grant to physicist gives study of strongly interacting systems a boost

A physicist at the University of California, Riverside, has received a grant of about $523,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to study the possible emergent behavior of “strongly interacting systems,” an important area of focus in solid-state physics. Specifically, when the repulsive Coulomb force between electrons in a solid becomes strong, new behaviors —...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

Physicists’ finding could revolutionize information transmission

Move aside, electrons; it’s time to make way for the trion. A research team led by physicists at the University of California, Riverside, has observed, characterized, and controlled dark trions in a semiconductor — ultraclean single-layer tungsten diselenide (WSe 2 ) — a feat that could increase the capacity and alter the form of information...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

Campus to celebrate 50th anniversary of historic Moon landing

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon mission. To celebrate, the University of California, Riverside, is hosting a free public event on Thursday, July 11, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about the Apollo 11 legacy, as well as current missions to our solar-system’s planets...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration — July 11, 2019

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of moon-landing, and we are excited to invite you to celebrate this incredible event! Please join us on the UCR campus and learn more about the Apollo 11 legacy as well as the current missions to the solar-system planets and moons. The event will also feature telescope viewings of the...

New material shows high potential for quantum computing

A joint team of scientists at the University of California, Riverside, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is getting closer to confirming the existence of an exotic quantum particle called Majorana fermion, crucial for fault-tolerant quantum computing — the kind of quantum computing that addresses errors during its operation. Quantum computing uses quantum phenomena to...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

Girl Scouts get a good dose of physics and astronomy

On the afternoon of May 3, about 25 local Girl Scouts and some of their siblings visited the Department of Physics and Astronomy to attend presentations by faculty members Gabriela Canalizo, Laura Sales, and Nathaniel Gabor. Associate Professor Vivek Aji, whose daughter is a Girl Scout, arranged the visit. Professor Canalizo and Assistant Professor Sales...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

Physicist elected foreign member of the Royal Society

Barry Barish, a distinguished professor of physics at UC Riverside, has been elected a foreign member of the Royal Society for his exceptional contribution to science. Barish was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves,” along with American physicists Rainer Weiss and...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

New NASA-funded program to train K-12 students in STEM fields: Outreach components include public lectures, parent nights, and telescope viewing opportunities

NASA has awarded the University of California, Riverside a grant of $320,000 to launch a research and training program in STEM fields aimed at enhancing K-12 students’ experiences outside school hours. Titled “Launch Pad from High School to NASA: A Research and Training Program in STEM Fields,” the program has received funding for two years....
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

UCR physicist named top reviewer

UC Riverside physicist Igor Barsukov, who specializes in experimental condensed matter physics, is being honored by the journal Communications Physics as an outstanding reviewer of manuscripts for the month of March 2019. Outstanding referees are those who “have gone above and beyond what is expected of a reviewer in terms of the value of their...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

Generating excitement over physics in local youth: Area high school students compare notes with European peers

tudents from Hemet High School and Corona’s Centennial High School visited UC Riverside’s Department of Physics and Astronomy this week to participate in the International Particle Physics Masterclass, an annual program of the European Particle Physics Outreach Group. The Masterclass is an interactive two-day exercise in which high school students analyze specific particle physics data....
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

Scientists image conducting edges in a promising 2-D material: Experimental study done at UC Riverside and University of Washington on monolayer tungsten ditelluride could lead to more energy-efficient electronic devices

A research team comprised of scientists at the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Washington has for the first time directly imaged “edge conduction” in monolayer tungsten ditelluride, or WTe 2 , a newly discovered 2-D topological insulator and quantum material. The research makes it possible to exploit this edge conduction feature to...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

The vibrating universe: Making astronomy accessible to the deaf: UC Riverside astronomers develop educational workshop converting astronomical phenomena into vibrations that can be felt rather than heard

Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside, have teamed with teachers at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside, or CSDR, to design an astronomy workshop for students with hearing loss that can be easily used in classrooms, museums, fairs, and other public events. The workshop utilized a sound stage that allowed the CSDR students...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

UC Riverside physicists create exotic electron liquid: The first production of an electron liquid at room temperature opens the way for new optoelectronic devices and basic physics studies

By bombarding an ultrathin semiconductor sandwich with powerful laser pulses, physicists at the University of California, Riverside, have created the first “electron liquid” at room temperature. The achievement opens a pathway for development of the first practical and efficient devices to generate and detect light at terahertz wavelengths — between infrared light and microwaves. Such...
By Dennis Meredith |

New property revealed in graphene could lead to better performing solar panels: An international research team, co-led by UC Riverside physicist, shows how pure graphene efficiently converts light into electricity

An international research team, co-led by a physicist at the University of California, Riverside, has discovered a new mechanism for ultra-efficient charge and energy flow in graphene, opening up opportunities for developing new types of light-harvesting devices. The researchers fabricated pristine graphene — graphene with no impurities — into different geometric shapes, connecting narrow ribbons...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

Physics undergraduate student headed to CERN: Sergio Garcia of UC Riverside will do research during the winter quarter on a particle detector at the Large Hadron Collider

An undergraduate student at the University of California, Riverside, has an extraordinary opportunity to do hands-on work in one of the most famous centers for scientific research in the world. Sergio Garcia, 21, of Perris, Calif., is the first UCR student to participate in the University of Michigan Semester Abroad program, allowing him to spend...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

Study deepens understanding of how advanced life may have emerged billions of years ago

Thomas Kuhlman, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy who came to UC Riverside from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in July 2018, is the lead author on a study that attempts to explain how advanced life may have emerged billions of years ago. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

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 that...
By Igbal Pittalwala |

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...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

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...
By Iqbal Pittalwala |
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