The Creation of Visible Mass in the Universe
Ralf Rapp discusses the origin of 98% of the visible mass in the universe in a recent article in Nature Physics. This mass was generated when a hot plasma of quarks and gluons condensed into hadrons in the early Universe. Calculations by Dr. Rapp and collaborators found that the mass of the rho-meson (a bound state of a quark and anti-quark) melts when this plasma is recreated in the lab in high-energy collisions of nuclei. This effect has now also been observed at lower collision energies, under conditions similar to those in mergers of neutron stars.
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Belyanin's New Approach On Graphene Nano-imaging
Belyanin's New Approach On Graphene Nanoimaging
Alexey Belyanin and his collaborator Markus Raschke from CU-Boulder published an article in Nature Nanotechnology which reveals how electrons in graphene respond to an intense optical excitation at the nanoscale and with femtosecond time resolution. The results will help with the design of future nanophotonic devices based on graphene and other two-dimensional materials.
Graphene FWM nanoimaging
Fish Camp 2019 namesake Tatiana Erukhimova
Fish Camp 2019 namesake Tatiana Erukhimova

These incoming freshmen had the opportunity to stand amongst a local legend, Dr. Tatiana Erukhimova, for Fish Camp 2019 #HakunaTatiana

It was all smiles at the Physics Show
It was all smiles at the Physics Show

Dozens of children, parents and faculty had a blast watching Dr. Tatiana Erukhimova perform physics demonstrations at the Mounce Public Library. (Photo Credit: The Eagle)

50-year anniversary of the first Moon landing
50-year anniversary of the first Moon landing
Texas A&M Astronomer Nick Suntzeff (pictured) recently sat down for an interview on the occasion of the 50-year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the first Moon landing on July 20, 1969. He talks about plans to go back to the Moon, prospects for sending humans to Mars, and the possibility of alien life. The full interview has been published in the Houston Chronicle.
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Nicholas B. Suntzeff
Build-your-own-telescope workshops were a sight for all
Build-your-own-telescope workshops were a sight for all

Peter Brown and Yaswant Devarakonda coordinated build-your-own-telescope workshops at the Mounce Public Library, sponsored by our Climate and Diversity Committee. (Photo credit: The Eagle)

EPS High Energy Physics Prize to the CDF & DZero Collaborations
EPS High Energy Physics Prize to the CDF & DZero Collaborations
On July 15 in Ghent, Belgium, the European Physical Society formally presented the CDF and DZero collaborations with the 2019 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize “for the discovery of the top quark and the detailed measurement of its properties.”
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Vince Estrada-Carpenter selected for prestigious NASA program
Vince Estrada-Carpenter selected for prestigious NASA program
Graduate student Vince Estrada-Carpenter, working with Dr. Casey Papovich, was chosen to be a Future Investigator for NASA's Earth and Space Science and Technology program (FINESST).
Vince Estrada-Carpenter - TAMU Graduate Student
Recipients of the SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarships
Congratulations to Anton Shutov (top) and Mariia Shutova (bottom), graduate students in Texas A&M Physics & Astronomy!
Anton Shutov, Anton Shutov - Graduate Student
Mariia Shutova, Graduate Student
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Bhaskar Dutta named Mitchell-Heep Chair in High Energy Physics
Dr. Dutta named
Mitchell-Heep Chair
in High Energy Physics

Professor Bhaskar Dutta has been awarded the Mitchell-Heep Chair in High Energy Physics. He succeeds Dimitri Nanopoulos, the inaugural holder of this Chair. Professor Dutta is one of the theorists leading the search for new fundamental particles and Dark Matter.

Dr. Ed Fry named Partner in Philanthropy
Dr. Ed Fry, Partner in Philanthropy

The Texas A&M Foundation has selected Dr. Edward S. Fry, distinguished professor and associate head for development in the Texas A&M University Department of Physics and Astronomy, as recipient of the 2019 Partner in Philanthropy Faculty Award.

2019 Distinguished Achievement Awards
AFS DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Awards were presented April 29, 2019, to Dr. Tatiana Erukhimova for Extension, Outreach, Continuing Education and Professional Development and Dr. M. Suhail Zubairy for Research.
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