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Dr. Brian Lemaux to Join Gemini-N Staff, NASA Grant, and New Departmental Post-docs

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 telescope in Hilo, Hawai’i. Gemini-N, along with its Chilean twin Gemini-S, are among the largest and most productive telescopes in the world.

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Opportunity Fellowship Update

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 external advisory board member and 1 alumnus.

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A new type of superconductor

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.

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Spatial Map of Magnetization with Sagnac-Interferometry-Based Microscopy

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.

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Uranium Compound Achieves Record Anomalous Nernst Conductivity

It was recently discovered that the anomalous Nernst effect is dramatically amplified in magnetic Weyl semimetals.

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Release of the UCD Physics & Astronomy Climate Survey Results

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 leadership, the UCD Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI), the UCD Office of Budget and Institutional Analysis (BIA), and the entire department community.

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Andrew Wetzel receives CAREER award

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 community outreach in their work.

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What Can I Do With My Physics Major?

College of Letters & Science writer Becky Oskin’s blog post highlights some of the many options.