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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.


Carillon strikes a chord for senior physics major

Tue, 14 May 2019

With a major in physics and a minor in music, Alex Johnson '19 is heading to Belgium after graduation to learn more about "the bells” that inspired him in Rochester. “Lots of deciding to do. There isn’t a wrong decision.”


Rochester juniors receive Goldwater Scholarship for science achievement, research promise

Wed, 08 May 2019

Three members of the University’s Class of 2020 are recipients of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious award for undergraduate science majors.


Can the laws of physics untangle traffic jams, stock markets, and other complex systems?

Fri, 22 Mar 2019

Gourab Ghoshal is using the fundamental laws of physics to untangle the complex systems behind human behavior, urban planning, and social networks.


Nobel Prize recipient, alumna Donna Strickland to deliver 2019 College Commencement Address

Mon, 04 Mar 2019

Donna Strickland ’89 (PhD), pioneer in the field of pulsed lasers and a 2018 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, will deliver the 169th College commencement address on Sunday, May 19.


The year of the laser

Fri, 28 Dec 2018

In addition to their Nobel noteworthiness, Rochester researchers continue to develop new ways to apply lasers in research, medicine, and everyday life in 2018. Because frankly, we’re big on lasers.


In the lab where it happened: Nobel science in pictures

Sat, 08 Dec 2018

Today's Rochester researchers are taking science developed at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics to develop the next generation high-power lasers and to better understand the fundamentals of high-energy-density physics.