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Department of Physics and Astronomy News

Physics and astronomy are two of the most basic and fundamental sciences. Physics is the study of matter, energy, motion, and force. Its concepts help us understand how the universe behaves. Astronomy studies the universe beyond the earth’s atmosphere, including celestial objects and the formation and development of the universe.

Current Physics and Astronomy News

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Campus News | August 4, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.

UNLV physicist Ashkan Salamat poses for a photo in his lab with green lasers in front of him and a computer screen behind him
Research | August 2, 2021

New discovery details how metals at room temperature can move from one state to another with a relatively small change in pressure.

Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

Campus News | June 8, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.

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People | June 3, 2021

Synakowski, currently the vice president for research and economic development at the University of Wyoming, will join UNLV Aug. 30.

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People | May 12, 2021

At UNLV, astronomy Ph.D. graduate Jeremy Smallwood racks up scientific publications rather than stressing about individual grades.

Physics and Astronomy In The News

The Nevada Independent
September 23, 2021

This chip manufacturing shortage presents a premier opportunity for economic development in the Silver State.

Control Engineering
September 9, 2021

A new record for the temperature at which materials have superconductivity and has developed a novel way to synthesize superconducting materials at lower pressures than previously reported.

Control Engineering
September 9, 2021

A new record for the temperature at which materials have superconductivity and has developed a novel way to synthesize superconducting materials at lower pressures than previously reported.

GE
August 10, 2021

Laser pincers that could fetch antimatter, a squishy insulator that can shapeshift into a conductor, and a 3D map of a tiny chunk of a mouse’s brain could help make AI smarter. This week’s coolest things go big by going small.

California News Times
August 2, 2021

Enthusiastic example Gamma ray burstThe most powerful types of explosions known in space suggest that these explosions do not always work as scientists thought, and versions of these flares can be surprisingly short.

Science News
August 2, 2021

A surprisingly short gamma-ray burst has astronomers rethinking what triggers these celestial cataclysms.

Physics and Astronomy Experts

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Recent Physics and Astronomy Accomplishments

June 30, 2021
Tim Waters (Physics & Astronomy) and his latest work are the subject of a NASA press release, "Black Holes May Generate ‘Tsunamis’ in Escaping Gas." Based on a paper published in The Astrophysical Journal and co-authored with Daniel Proga and Randall Dannen (both Physics and Astronomy) this article describes how oceanic disturbances akin to...
May 28, 2021
Qiang Zhu (Physics and Astronomy) has been honored by the U.S. Department of Energy's office of science with an Early Career Research Program Award for his proposal "Data-driven Discovery of Inorganic Electrides for Energy Applications." He is one of 83 scientists recognized nationwide. This award, now in its 12th year, is designed to bolster the...
March 30, 2021
David Rice,  Zachary Grande, Ashkan Salamat, Jason Steffen (all Physics and Astronomy), and Oliver Tschauner (Geoscience), along with former UNLV postdoc Chenliang Huang (Physics and Astronomy) published a study on the properties of the interiors of distant, extrasolar planets in the "Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society." This study...
December 18, 2020
Ashkan Salamt (Physics and Astronomy) was awarded a grant from the Air Force office of scientific research. The grant, "The synthesis of supernitride compounds via extreme (pressure, temperature) conditions: a new generation of high-energy density materials," is for $452,184. Modern calculations reveal a novel group of binary metals materials with...
November 19, 2020
Rebecca Martin (Physics and Astronomy) was awarded a NASA Exoplanets grant for $541,460 to study planet formation in binary star systems.
October 22, 2020
Daniel Proga (Physics and Astronomy) was awarded one of NASA's most prestigious research grants through the Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Networks (TCAN) program. The grant totals $1,547,537 and will be shared with four other major research institutions: the Institute for Advanced Study, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the...