Texas A&M faculty member Olga Kocharovskaya is part of a team that has measured an extremely narrow excitation level in Scandium-45 to unprecedented precision using the European XFEL X-ray laser facility, as reported in the journal Nature. Scandium-45 is thought to be a excellent candidate for the construction of the first ever nuclear clock which is expected to be 1000 times more accurate than current atomic clocks. With a precision of up to of one part in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 nuclear clocks could usher in a new era of precision timekeeping and enable transformative applications in various industries and fundamental sciences.
The U.S. Department of Energy Energy, Office of Science, has highlighted important research at the Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute on their website. A group led by Jack Bishop and Grigory Rogachev has discovered a rare decay mode of oxygen-13. The group used the Texas Active Target Time Projection Chamber (TexAT TPC) to measure the breakup of oxygen-13 into three helium nuclei (alpha particles) and a proton following beta decay.
On receiving the Best Poster Award! Your remarkable presentation on nitrogen-neon nanoclusters immersed in superfluid helium-4 left a lasting impression at the Quantum Fluids and Solids 2023 conference.
Dr. Erukhimova was invited back to CBS Mornings as part of their back-to-school programming. She discussed her enthusiasm for science and her journey to become a professor and social media star with Nate Burleson and his co-hosts. Check out the video to see the CBS Mornings crew exploring angular momentum conservation.
Live on CBS Morning
Dr. Adsley's proposal "Probing Nuclear Dipole Responses" was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for this highly competitive Award. Dr. Adsley will carry out his research program at the Cyclotron Institute at Texas A&M University and other research facilities around the world. The results will have implications that range from a better understanding of neutron stars to improved designs of nuclear reactors.
Videos of physics demos created by a dedicated team in our department have grown very popular on Youtube and social media.
Texas A&M Astronomer Justin Spilker and the work of his research team were profiled in a recent article in The Eagle. Spilker and this team have used the James Webb Space Telescope to find organic molecules in very far away galaxies.
Suhail Zubairy, Dawson Nodurft, and Carlee Garrett on receiving the 2023 College of Arts and Science Awards! Suhail was awarded the Graduate Mentoring Award, Dawson the Early Career Teaching Award, and Carlee the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. Congratulations on receiving these prestigious awards!
Graduate Mentoring Award
Early Career Teaching Award
Outstanding Graduating Senior Award
After 17 years of dedicated service to the astronomy program at Texas A&M, we want to express our deep appreciation for his outstanding contributions. His commitment to teaching ASTR 101, the most sought-after astronomy course in the department, has left an indelible mark on our students, and we are grateful for the passion and expertise he has shared with so many.
Taylor Hutchison recently graduated from Texas A&M with a Ph.D. in astronomy and landed a new exciting role as an astrophysicist at NASA where she analyzes galaxies at lower redshifts (z~1-4) and uses state-of-the-art instrumentation on JWST to carry out her research. To learn more about Taylor's groundbreaking work at NASA, check out the article or YouTube video below!
Astrophysicist at NASA
Excellence in Teaching
Physicists and astronomers use analytical thinking and a strong understanding of the fundamental laws of nature to describe the world around us, from the smallest particle to our galaxy and universe.