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Capping Decades of Searching, Scientists Observe Elusive Particle That is its own Antiparticle

Capping Decades of Searching, Scientists Observe Elusive Particle That is its own Antiparticle

Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and Princeton University have observed an exotic particle that behaves simultaneously like matter and antimatter, a breakthrough that could eventually enable powerful computers based on quantum mechanics.

Improved Method for Isotope Enrichment Could Secure a Vital Global Commodity

Improved Method for Isotope Enrichment Could Secure a Vital Global Commodity

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have devised a new method for enriching a group of the world’s most expensive chemical commodities, stable isotopes, which are vital to medical imaging and nuclear power, as reported this week in the journal Nature Physics.

Trapping a Bacterium in a Laser Beam Aids Study of Biofilms

Trapping a Bacterium in a Laser Beam Aids Study of Biofilms

Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a technique to move and position a single bacterium using a highly focused laser. The precise control offered by this tool will allow researchers to better study how bacterial biofilms form.

The Ultimate in High Speed Cinematography Reveals Laser Gymnastics at Speed of Light

The Ultimate in High Speed Cinematography Reveals Laser Gymnastics at Speed of Light

Scientists in the Department of Physics have captured the ultimate high-speed movie of a laser pulse as it zips through a piece of glass at the speed of light. The new imaging technique will help scientists understand how intense laser pulses propagate through air, glass fibers and fusion pellets, and thus could have applications in atmospheric chemical analysis, fiber optic communications, and power generation.

Scaling Theory Better Predicts Gas Production in Barnett Shale Wells

Scaling Theory Better Predicts Gas Production in Barnett Shale Wells

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a simple scaling theory to estimate gas production from hydraulically fractured wells in the Barnett Shale. The method is intended to help the energy industry accurately identify low- and high-producing horizontal wells, as well as accurately predict how long it will take for gas reserves to deplete in the wells.

The Superlative Light: The Petawatt Laser as Art Object

The Superlative Light: The Petawatt Laser as Art Object

Photographer Robert Shults looks for the sublime in his images of the Texas Petawatt Laser.

Particle Accelerator That Can Fit on a Tabletop Opens New Chapter for Science Research

Particle Accelerator That Can Fit on a Tabletop Opens New Chapter for Science Research

Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin have built a tabletop particle accelerator that can generate energies and speeds previously reached only by major facilities that are hundreds of meters long and cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build.

Chelikowsky Wins The American Physical Society’s Highest Award In Computational Physics

Chelikowsky Wins The American Physical Society’s Highest Award In Computational Physics

Physicist-chemist received the award for his computational applications of quantum theories to understand and predict material properties.

Nuclear Waste-Burning Technology Could Change the Face of Nuclear Energy

Nuclear Waste-Burning Technology Could Change the Face of Nuclear Energy

Physicists awarded a U.S. patent for an invention that could someday be used to turn nuclear waste into fuel, thus removing the most dangerous forms of waste from the fuel cycle.

World’s Smallest Semiconductor Laser Created by Physicists

World’s Smallest Semiconductor Laser Created by Physicists

The breakthrough could lead to the development of photonic technologies in computing and medicine that are faster and smaller than current electronics.

Physics Research Leads to Goldwater Scholarship for CNS senior

Physics Research Leads to Goldwater Scholarship for CNS senior

Will Berdanier shares his excitement about being named a Goldwater Scholar.

Physicist Honored for Teaching Excellence

Physicist Honored for Teaching Excellence

Mike Downer, professor of physics, has received the Piper Award for excellence in teaching.
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Vernita Gordon Awarded Grant from the Human Frontier Science Program

Vernita Gordon Awarded Grant from the Human Frontier Science Program

Biophysicist studies how cells self-assemble into 3-D spatially organized structures.

After a 30-Year Wait, Texas Scientists’ Instrument Blasts Into Space

After a 30-Year Wait, Texas Scientists’ Instrument Blasts Into Space

ESA's Vega rocket launched a satellite in orbit that supports an experiment proposed by UT scientists in the mid-1980s.

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The Graphic Novelized Life of Richard Feynman

The Graphic Novelized Life of Richard Feynman

In this special edition of the Life Science Library’s Science Study Break series, nuclear engineer, librarian, and comics writer Jim Ottaviani discusses his graphic novel biography of the Nobel Prize-winning nuclear physicist Richard Feynman.