New research finding gives valleytronics a boost

An international research team led by physicists at the University of California, Riverside, has revealed a new quantum process in valleytronics that can speed up the development of this fairly new technology. Valleytronics, a portmanteau of “valley” and “electronics,” uses local energy minima — or valleys — in the electronic band structure of semiconductors. Current...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

Small magnets reveal big secrets

An international research team led by a physicist at the University of California, Riverside, has identified a microscopic process of electron spin dynamics in nanoparticles that could impact the design of applications in medicine, quantum computation, and spintronics. Magnetic nanoparticles and nanodevices have several applications in medicine — such as drug delivery and MRI —...
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UCR Physics and Astronomy at the Long Night of Arts and Innovation

A team from UCR Physics & Astronomy participated in this year’s Long Night of Arts and Innovation. Our mission was to foster scientific literacy and to generate excitement for science among kids and adults who came to this major outreach event in downtown Riverside. Students from the Astro Club and the SPS brought a telescope...
By Igor Barsukov |

Black holes stunt growth of dwarf galaxies

Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside, have discovered that powerful winds driven by supermassive black holes in the centers of dwarf galaxies have a significant impact on the evolution of these galaxies by suppressing star formation. Dwarf galaxies hosting active galactic nuclei that have spatially extended outflows. (SDSS) Dwarf galaxies are small galaxies that...
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The Milky Way kidnapped several tiny galaxies from its neighbor

Just like the moon orbits the Earth, and the Earth orbits the sun, galaxies orbit each other according to the predictions of cosmology. For example, more than 50 discovered satellite galaxies orbit our own galaxy, the Milky Way. The largest of these is the Large Magellanic Cloud, or LMC, a large dwarf galaxy that resembles...
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Astronomers discover triplet of black holes on collision course

Three giant black holes have been spotted within a titanic collision of three galaxies, according to data captured by several telescopes including NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. “Identifying the three active black holes, or active galactic nuclei, in this system was like putting together a puzzle,” said Gabriela Canalizo , a professor of physics and astronomy...
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Physicists present results from updated search for new invisible particles

Physicists Bill Gary and Owen Long , members of the Compact Muon Solenoid, or CMS, Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, at CERN, recently completed a “legacy” analysis from the LHC Run 2, the first high-energy run of the LHC. The CMS experiment is a large particle-capturing detector at CERN. The research paper...
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Science and art mesh in the life and work of this experimental physicist.

Nathan Gabor hadn’t always planned on becoming a scientist. Walk into the office of the 38-year-old experimental physicist, and you’ll be greeted with an intricate robot sculpture on his desk and psychedelic artwork on the walls, all of which are his creations. Now an associate professor of physics, Gabor was originally on the path to...
By Jessica Weber |

UCR professor named research ambassador

Boerge Hemmerling, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and an expert on optics and lasers, is one of 21 scientists selected to serve as a Research Ambassador for the German Academic Exchange Service, or DAAD, during the 2019-20 academic year. DAAD Research Ambassadors are scholars and scientists in North America who have conducted advanced...
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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...
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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 —...
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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...
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White House honors two UCR professors with early career award

Two UC Riverside professors have been awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for scientists and engineers at the beginning stages of their careers. The White House announced July 3 that Suveen Mathaudhu, an associate professor in the materials science and engineering program and...
By Imran Ghori |

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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