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First images of collisions at 13 TeV at the LHC

Test collisions continue today at 13 TeV in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to prepare the detectors ALICE, ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, LHCf, MOEDAL and TOTEM for data-taking, planned for early June (Image: LHC page 1) Last night, protons collided in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the record-breaking energy of 13 TeV for the first time. These test collisions were to set up systems that protect the machine and detectors from particles that stray from the edges of the beam.


James Crutchfield’s research on the structure of complex systems was recently selected by Physical Review as an 'Editor’s Suggestion'

"The authors develop a method for analysis of time series generated by a class of complex processes. They identify the mechanism that causes information divergence at each level in a hierarchy of such processes." Signatures of infinity: Nonergodicity and resource scaling in prediction, complexity, and learning James P. Crutchfield and Sarah Marzen


Incoming Assistant Research Physicist Stefano Valenti's research on super novae featured on the front page of Nature

Type Ia supernovae1 are destructive explosions of carbon-oxygen white dwarfs2, 3. Although they are used empirically to measure cosmological distances


First stone laid for Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

A new map of the heavens took a big step forward last week as scientists and dignitaries, including Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, laid the first stone for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope on the 8900-foot summit of Cerro Pachón in northern Chile.


UC Davis Physics Assistant Professor Michael Mulhearn's Crayfis experiment app in the running for a Webby award!

Mobile Sites & Apps: Experimental & Innovation


2015 Picnic Day Schedule of Events for Physics

Physics is Fun! April 18, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Roessler Hall 168 A room filled with demos showing cool physics and some applications to modern technology. Informal and staffed by volunteers.

Physics Department wins the Department Derby during Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month

February was Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month and We Are Aggie Pride planned activities throughout the month to help students in need.

Prof. Nemanja Kaloper’s new research on the end of the universe generates strong media coverage.

Sequestration of Vacuum Energy and the End of the Universe Nemanja Kaloper and Antonio Padilla Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 101302 – Published 10 March 2015