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PHYSICS DEPARTMENT NEWS

Gravitational Waves Detected from Second Pair of Colliding Black Holes

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo collaboration identify a second gravitational wave event in the data from Advanced LIGO detectors On December 26, 2015 at 03:38:53 UTC, scientists observed gravitational waves-ripples in the fabric of spacetime-for the second time. The gravitational waves were detected by both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) d...  More >>

Groundbreaking Gravitational Waves Research Honored

The international collaboration of scientists behind the recent breakthrough discovery of gravitational waves, of which HWS Associate Professor of Physics Steven Penn is a member, has been awarded two prestigious science awards for its landmark research: the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and the 2016 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics. The $3 million Breakthrough Prize will be shared...  More >>

Penn Talks Gravitational Waves Discovery on WXXI

Associate Professor of Physics Steven Penn was a featured guest on WXXI's "Connections with Evan Dawson" radio program, joining the Monthly Science Roundtable discussion on the recent breakthrough gravitational waves discovery made by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration (LSC). Penn played a major role in the mirror substrate and coating design f...  More >>

Hebb Awarded Grant for Astrophysics Research

Assistant Professor of Physics Leslie Hebb was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) to support her innovative time domain astrophysics research. The funding is part of a $100,000 grant awarded to Hebb and her two research partners to support their collaborative proposal to build and implement a telescope diffuser that can attain space quali...  More >>

Pitch 2016 Finalists Announced

Matthew Benton '18, Almamy Conde '18, Jeff Rizza '16 and Elizabeth Weingast '18 will bring their entrepreneurial ideas to the ultimate test as the finalists of the 2016 Stu Lieblein '90 Pitch Contest. The competition, celebrating its fifth year, is scheduled for Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. Bringing a diverse set of ideas, the finalists will ...  More >>

 

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