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When laser beams meet plasma: New data addresses gap in fusion research

Mon, 02 Dec 2019

Rochester scientists at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics and their colleagues in California and France have directly demonstrated for the first time how laser beams modify the conditions of a plasma.


Rochester cosmology group has all eyes on dark energy

Mon, 25 Nov 2019

Rochester’s newly formed cosmology group is at work to create the most detailed 3-D map of the universe ever seen.


Spiders and ants inspire metal that won’t sink

Wed, 06 Nov 2019

Inspired by diving bell spiders and rafts of fire ants, Rochester researchers have created a metallic structure that is so water repellent, it refuses to sink—no matter how often it is forced into water or how much it is damaged.


Adam Frank wins multiple awards for promoting public understanding of science

Wed, 30 Oct 2019

The University of Rochester astrophysicist recently received the American Physical Society’s 2020 Joseph A. Burton Forum Award and his latest book Light of the Stars was awarded the 2019 Phi Beta Kappa Award for Science.


Rochester recognized as leader in high-energy-density physics 

Thu, 10 Oct 2019

Three of eight national research grants recently awarded by the Department of Energy were given to researchers at the University of Rochester, which is home to the largest university-based DOE research program in the nation.


One small step for electrons, one giant leap for quantum computers

Wed, 25 Sep 2019

Quantum computing has revolutionary potential, but transferring information within a quantum system remains a challenge. By transferring the state of electrons, Rochester research brings scientists one step closer to creating fully functional quantum computers.


In an underground mine in South Dakota, researchers unravel mysteries of dark matter

Mon, 22 Jul 2019

The digital electronics designed, developed, delivered, and installed by Rochester researchers are an integral piece of the puzzle, as an international team of scientists works to finally detect dark matter particles.


Winning the ‘Olympics’ of the carillon

Tue, 16 Jul 2019

Recent physics graduate Alex Johnson ’19 had never played the bells before coming to Rochester. Now he is one of the best musicians in the world at the instrument, taking first place at the international Queen Fabiola Carillon Competition.


Researchers ‘stretch’ the ability of 2D materials to change technology

Mon, 10 Jun 2019

Moore’s Law predicts that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit will double every two years. As technology nears the limits of Moore’s Law, Rochester researchers have combined 2D materials with oxide materials in a new way, with new possibilities for computing power.


Researchers develop superconducting quantum refrigerator

Mon, 03 Jun 2019

Physicist Andrew Jordan and his fellow researchers harnessed superconductivity to conceive of a quantum refrigerator that could cool atoms to nearly absolute zero temperatures.