News: Physics

Read the latest news from the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin


New Quantum Sensing Center Aims to Transform Disease Diagnostics and Prevention

Mark Raizen is part of a new effort focused on translating discoveries from the physics lab to the clinic.

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MacDonald Announced as Winner of Inaugural Hill Prize in Physical Sciences

Allan MacDonald of The University of Texas at Austin received the award for research with high-impact potential.

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Excavation of Colossal Caverns for Neutrino Experiment Completed

The caverns in Lead, South Dakota, will house the gigantic particle detectors of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

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Researchers Discover New Ways to Excite Spin Waves with Extreme Infrared Light

New ultrafast method for controlling magnetic materials might enable next-generation information processing technologies.

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UT Austin Physicists Receive Keck Foundation Boost for Quantum Materials Research

Edoardo Baldini leads a team developing a new approach to stabilize useful quantum properties of atomically thin materials for far longer and at higher temperatures.

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New Decadal Report Maps Out U.S. Priorities in Particle Physics Research

The Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5) whose participants include a UT physicist delivered recommendations to decision makers.

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Compact Accelerator Technology Achieves Major Energy Milestone

Bjorn “Manuel” Hegelich led the development of a compact laser accelerator that produces an electron beam with an energy of 10 billion electron volts.

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Researchers Find a New Avenue to Combat Biofilm Threat

A team of researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and other institutions have unlocked a clue about how bacteria form biofilms.

Electron microscope image of bacterial biofilm


Peering Inside a Quantum Computer Creates New Phases of Information

Physicist Matteo Ippoliti helped explore how measurements can alter information states in an innovation created by Google.

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Two Members of Natural Sciences Named to UT Austin’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Ruth Buskirk and Michael Marder are among the 2023 inductees to The University of Texas at Austin’s prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Ruth Buskirk and Michael Marder