Accomplishments: Department of Physics and Astronomy

May 13, 2022
Ashkan Salamat (Physics and Astronomy) is the joint recipient of The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Grant, along with colleagues Ranga Dias (University of Rochester) and Audrey Grockowiak (CNPEM, Brazilian synchrotron). The project, “Exploring the Limits of High-temperature Superconductivity,” is funded at $1,624,838 for 48 months (of which $…
May 9, 2022
Jason Steffen (Physics and Astronomy) was the lead organizer for a major international conference on Exoplanets (planets that orbit distant stars). The conference took place the M Resort in Henderson, and brought together more than 500 scientists from around the world for a week of scientific talks, discussions, and collaboration.
April 26, 2022
David Rice, Jason Steffen (both Physics and Astronomy) and their collaborator, Chenliang Huang from the University of Arizona, published an open-source software package that models the interior structures of rocky and water-rich planets. This code was designed to facilitate the collaboration between UNLV astronomers who study extrasolar planets,…
December 23, 2021
Qiang Zhu (Physics and Astronomy) has been honored by the National Science Foundation with a Faculty Early Career Development Program for his proposal "Organic Materials Discovery with the Aid of Digital Crystallography". This CAREER award will support theoretical and computational research and educational activities to advance the understanding…
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…
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…