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NY Daily News: Astronomers Recreate Surface of White Dwarf Star

Research could one day lead to nuclear fusion as a ‘meaningful energy source.’
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.

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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Dr. Fink's Little Black Box

Dr. Fink's Little Black Box

Physicist Manfred Fink has built a stripped down Raman Spectrometer that can cheaply test for earthquakes, lung cancer and lactose intolerance.

Mike Downer Named to Prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Mike Downer Named to Prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Physicist is one of seven faculty members recognized for sustained and significant contributions to education, particularly at the undergraduate level.

Building the Most Powerful Laser in the World

Todd Ditmire plans to build an exawatt laser with a power equivalent to 1,000 petawatts. Read the full story.
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Dedication, Demonstration of World's Most Powerful Laser

Dedication, Demonstration of World's Most Powerful Laser

Event: U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and University of Texas at Austin President William Powers Jr., will dedicate the Texas Petawatt Laser on Thursday. Scientists will demonstrate aspects of the laser during the event. The Tower will be lit orange during the evening to commemorate this event. When: Thursday, Aug. 28, 11:30 a.m. – 12...

New laser technique measures Brownian motion of a single particle

AUSTIN, Texas—Using a new technique to trap and measure single particles with lasers, an international group of researchers from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, The University of Texas at Austin and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, have demonstrated that Brownian motion of a single pa...