U-M will make 5,000 DESI Fiber Positioners
Optical fibers at the ends of robotic positioners will collect light from a single object within its patrol area (see blue circle). In seconds it can place its fiber with millionths of a meter precision.

Professor Tim McKay and graduate students expanding ECoach platform to include advice for freshmen from older students with similar backgrounds on navigating the campus and developing successful habits. Read more

Inspirational Teaching in the Advanced Labs
Undergraduates and their respective graduate schools: James Patrick Vogel (Purdue), Jonathon Robert Hunacek (CalTech),
Blythe Sakarin Moreland (Ohio State), Celeste Carruth (Berkeley)

Astrophysicist Dr. Janna Levin to speak at U-M
August 6, Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, doors open 7:45 pm More

U-M to Help Build Next-Generation Dark Energy Probe

U-M to Help Build Next-Generation Dark Energy Probe
Giant camera at Kitt Peak National Observatory will contain 5,000 optical fibers, each will point at an individual galaxy, thanks to unique positioning system U-M was chosen to develop. More.

Professor Emeritus Jens Zorn's Off-Axis Holography Sculpture Highlighted

Off-Axis Holography Sculpture Highlighted
Created By Professor Emeritus Jens C. Zorn and Built
By David Carter. See story below.

Raithel News

Professor Georg Raithel and Research Team Realize New Quantum Leaps
UM physicists trapped giant atoms and demonstrated typically forbidden quantum transitions. See story below.

U-M Physics Former Postdoctoral Fellow Andrea Bragas (Read article below)

U-M Physics Former Postdoctoral Fellow
Andrea Bragas (Read story below)

Photo Credit: Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales UBA

Planet Hunters: Zhilu Zhang (Carleton College), David Gerdes (University of Michigan), and Ross Jennings (Carleton College)

Undergraduate Researchers Discover New Trans-Neptunian Objects (See story below)
Planet Hunters: Zhilu Zhang (Carleton College), David Gerdes (University of Michigan), and Ross Jennings (Carleton College)

First Results Reported from PandaX Dark Matter Search Involving U-M Scientists
PandaX detector under construction in the JinPing underground laboratory. (See story below)

Ogilvie News

Sunlight strikes the photo system II reaction center, where photosynthesis begins with ultrafast charge separation.
See story in the News section below.

Map of world population using a projection invented by Professor Newman

Paul Dirac Collegiate Professor Mark Newman wins Lagrange Award (see story below)
World population projection map invented by Professor Newman

Willie Hobbs Moore Award

Physics Professor Christine Aidala Receives
Willie Hobbs Moore Award (see story below)

Professor Aidala (second from left) with Ph.D. students Kaitlin Moore, Jenna Walrath, Julia Bourg, and Anna Savage of SWIP.

Freese News

Professor Katherine Freese Shares Big News About the Universe (see news story below)
Photo by Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Kepler Planet

Artist's conception of the newly discovered exoplanet Kepler-186f orbiting the red dwarf star Kepler-186. Story below.

Professor David Kaplan Speaks to the Saturday Morning Physics Crowd

Producer of Particle Fever Professor David Kaplan Informs the Saturday Morning Physics Crowd
Click here to view his talk (Photo Credit: Robert Elmouchi)

Jeweled Net

View Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible: An Experience in Dark Matter, an art and science collaboration shown in the Duderstadt Center earlier this month.

Physics Palooza

A young visitor to Physics Palooza learns about the behavior of light through diffraction glasses. The Society of Physics Students builds and then shows the demos to children and their parents at the children’s Hands-On Museum.

See Particle Fever at the Michigan Theater!

Particle Fever at the Michigan Theater!
Post-Screening Q&A with David Kaplan (see article below)

Electron Spin Alignment

How Spin and Current Cross Paths
Physicist Vanessa Sih and collaborators investigate electrical spin alignment. {Read Story in News Section}


'We May Be Able to Watch Dark Energy Turn On'
U-M Involved in Unprecedented Sky Survey
{Read Story in News Section}

U-M Physics Major Neal Anderson (seated far left) participates in the U.S. Research Program at CERN. Read story in news section.

Physics Undergrads Do Summer Research in China

Physics Undergrads Do Summer Research in China
Dan Mantica, Conrad Holtsclaw, and Grant Renny show their school spirit in China. Read story in news section.

Mark Newman Social Network

Beyond the Social Network
Professor Mark Newman merges physics and computer modeling to explain networks and relationships of all kinds.
Click here to learn more.


Exotic Atoms Hold Clues to Unsolved Physics Puzzle at the Dawn of the Universe. Click on press release to read story.

Entropy Favors Open Lattices
Physicist Xiaoming Mao and collaborators discover new mechanism of open-lattice self-assembly. Click here

Physics Professor Henriette Elvang
Physics Professor Henriette Elvang Received a Cottrell Scholar Award. Click here for the story.

Randall Physics Labs

Randall Physics Labs
The main Physics building was named in honor of Harrison McAllister Randall (’93, Ph.D. ‘02), a Physics Professor, and Director of the Physics Laboratory until his retirement in 1941.

SWIP Girl Scout Day

SWIP Girl Scout Day
Society of Women in Physics students demonstrate charge and electricity using a Van de Graaff generator.

Society of Physics Students Add Flavor
to Saturday Lectures

Click here to read more

Spectroscopy Illuminates Photosynthesis
Click here to watch physicist Jennifer Ogilvie and U-M graduate Kristin L.M. Lewis discuss their studies of ultrafast processes in photosynthesis.

Telescope photo

Undergraduate physics major Anastasiya Romadan takes measurements of the radio telescope antenna on the roof
of Angell Hall prior to its renovation this summer.

U-M Society of Physics Students Win Award

U-M Society of Physics Students Win Award
Click here to read more.


Dr. David Wineland (2012 Nobel Laureate in Physics) meets with U-M physics students on his recent visit to the Department.


When the Dust Settles: Ice Records Through Time

Department: Physics
Date: 10/10/2015; 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 170 & 182 Weiser Hall (formerly the Dennison Building)


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