Physics News

Sep 23, 2021, 8:59 AM
Professor Laura Greene, who visited the UC Davis Physics Department as a Distinguished Lecturer in 2018, has been appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).
Sep 1, 2021, 11:11 AM
Thursday September 2nd will see the first attempt at delivery of a payload into orbit by Austin, Texas-based company Firefly. UC Davis alumnus Roderic Vanderscoff ’14 has led the design, development,…
Jul 9, 2021, 4:42 PM
Congratulations to our 2020-21 graduates! Despite the unusual circumstances created by the global COVID-19 pandemic, our students persevered and completed their studies.
Jul 2, 2021, 4:40 PM
We (Rena Zieve and Lloyd Knox) are delighted to report that we appear to have met our goal! According to our unofficial tally, we have, together as a department, given or pledged to give, $215K. Our…
Jul 1, 2021, 4:38 PM
An international team including UC Davis astronomers has observed the first example of a new type of supernova. The discovery, confirming a prediction made four decades ago, could lead to new insights…
Jun 23, 2021, 4:36 PM
According to our unofficial total of gifts and pledges to the Opportunity Fellowship Fund we need just over $20K more to reach our goal of raising $200K from department members by the July 1 deadline.…
Jun 11, 2021, 4:35 PM
Dr. Brian Lemaux, an Associate Project Scientist in the department, as well as a UCD Physics & Astronomy Ph.D. graduate, has accepted a permanent position on the scientific staff of the Gemini-N…
Jun 4, 2021, 4:33 PM
Gifts and pledges in response to the Opportunity Fellowship fundraising campaign have come from 12 undergrads, 44 grad students, 1 staff member, 1 researcher, 24 faculty members, 2 emeritii faculty, 1…
Jun 2, 2021, 4:30 PM
A team of three faculty groups in the Department of Physics and Astronomy joined their expertise to study a new type of superconductor in which the Cooper pairs have a s-wave spin-triplet symmetry.
May 26, 2021, 4:17 PM
Professor Zhu and Professor Taufour recently demonstrated a Sagnac-interferometry-based magneto-optical microscope for imaging magnetic domains of novel crystalline materials at low temperature.
Apr 30, 2021, 11:39 AM
It was recently discovered that the anomalous Nernst effect is dramatically amplified in magnetic Weyl semimetals.
Apr 20, 2021, 11:37 AM
The results of the inaugural UCD Physics & Astronomy Climate Survey were released on April 20th, 2021! This survey was a joint venture between the departmental climate survey committee, departmental…
Apr 15, 2021, 11:32 AM
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program recognizes junior faculty who conduct outstanding research, are excellent educators and include education or…
Apr 15, 2021, 11:30 AM
College of Letters & Science writer Becky Oskin’s blog post highlights some of the many options.
Apr 9, 2021, 11:28 AM
This Give Day 2021, generous donors have the opportunity to transform our students' lives. Please consider supporting our Give Day Challenges described below. A gift of any amount will make a big…
Apr 8, 2021, 11:27 AM
With 9 days left to go to Give Day, 27 gifts have come in to the College of Letters and Sciences already. 12 of the gifts are to Physics and Astronomy, with eight of these in response to Department…
Apr 7, 2021, 11:23 AM
Some of the Milky Way’s oldest stars have been spotted in a surprising place — the disk the youngest region of the galaxy. Computer simulations of their orbits suggest these "metal-poor" stars came…
Apr 2, 2021, 11:21 AM
For the 2021 UC Davis Virtual Picnic Day, the Physics Department will present the following talks.
Mar 30, 2021, 11:17 AM
For the last eight years a research team from UC Davis has been working with an international team of scientists to build the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Plus (SNO+) detector in Northern Ontario.…
Mar 25, 2021, 11:15 AM
Jaroslav Trnka received a 2021 Distinguished Teaching Award for Undergraduate Teaching from UC Davis.