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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 | November 4, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring stargazing and change at UNLV.

Research | October 13, 2021

A flurry of more than 1,650 FRBs detected by FAST telescope over 47 days in 2019 unlocks clues to the nature and location of the powerful millisecond-long cosmic radio explosions.

Two telescopic images side by side of a distant star system. Left shows blue dust rings and right features a peculiar gap
Research | October 1, 2021

Potential discovery of a circumtriple planet has implications for bolstering our understanding of planet formation.

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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.

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Campus News | July 9, 2021

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

Physics and Astronomy In The News

January 15, 2022

Around the turn of the 21st century, a new age of galactic discovery began.

True Viral News
January 15, 2022

The telescope will be used to take unprecedented images of the deepest part of the universe. The powerful space instrument will devote a full quarter of its first year to peering at exoplanets in the Milky Way.

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January 10, 2022

According to the research results, the Be star is rotating at high speed, so that a part of its mass is emitted to the accretion disk, from which the neutron star can suck up matter.

January 10, 2022

Alessia Franchini (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy) and Rebecca Martin (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) are studying a system of Be and neutron stars. increase. According to the research results, the Be star is rotating at high speed, so that a part of its mass is emitted to the accretion disk, from which the neutron star can suck up matter.

Las Vegas Sun
December 31, 2021

When the James Webb Space Telescope gets into place next month about a million miles from Earth, it will allow scientists to see the light of distant galaxies and marvel at the origins of the universe.

December 29, 2021

A team of researchers has observed an unusual transformation in material under incredibly high pressure.

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Recent Physics and Astronomy Accomplishments

November 3, 2021
Shichun Huang (Geoscience), Min Li (Physics and Astronomy) and their colleagues published an article, Sulfur Isotopic Signature of Earth Established by Planetesimal Volatile Evaporation, in Naure Geoscience. Using sophisticated ab initio and thermodynamics calculations, they showed that the Earth's sulfur, an important volatile element, budget is…
October 26, 2021
Zhaohuan Zhu (Physics & Astronomy) received a $538,736 grant from NASA Exoplanets Research Program to carry out research on formation of young planets close to their host stars. Co-investigators include James Stone from Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and Nuria Calvet from the University of Michigan.
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…