News: Research


Grace Chesmore one of two students awarded DOE Office of Science funds

May 4, 2022

Grace Chesmore, a fifth-year PhD student in the Department of Physics, and Celeste Keith, a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, will conduct research at Fermi National Laboratory as part of the Department of Energy's Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program.

Fifth-year Physics Student Savannah Gowen Wins MRSEC Science Slam

March 13, 2022

Award-winning film presentation by Savannah Gowen demonstrates how training materials can be used to induce desired properties.

UChicago scientists create strange quantum ‘domain walls’ in laboratory

February 12, 2022

University of Chicago researchers at Chin Lab discovered how to create and manipulate a quantum phenomenon known as a "domain wall" - shown in this image as the lighter line between two groups of atoms. (Image adapted and color added from experiment data.)

Nine University of Chicago scholars named 2021 AAAS fellows

February 6, 2022

Nine University of Chicago researchers, including the Physics Department's Prof. Edward Blucher, were named 2021 fellows of the AAAS for their distinguished contributions to the sciences.

An Unexpected Twist Lights Up the Secrets of Turbulence

January 10, 2022

Having solved a central mystery about the “twirliness” of tornadoes and other types of vortices, William Irvine has set his sights on turbulence, the white whale of classical physics.


Kaeli Hughes awarded 2021 Price Prize in Cosmology and Astrophysics

September 9, 2021

The Dr. Pliny A. and Margaret H. Price Prize recognizes research excellence and exceptional promise in areas related to CCAPP initiatives. Two recipients are hosted by CCAPP for a week, during which they give a Price Prize seminar on their research, establish long-term collaborative relationships, and receive a $2,000 honorarium.
Kaeli Hughes' research focuses on the radio detection of astrophysical neutrinos above 10 PeV.

Leading Xenon Researchers unite to build next-generation Dark Matter Detector

July 20, 2021

Grandi in one of the final phases of XENONnT Time Projection Chamber assembly. The next generation detector is expected to feature an active volume from 5 to 10 times larger.

UChicago scientists harness molecules into single quantum state

May 1, 2021

Researchers have big ideas for the potential of quantum technology which all depend on a major technological feat: being able to build and control systems of quantum particles, which are among the smallest objects in the universe.
That goal is now a step closer with the publication of a new method by University of Chicago scientists. Published April 28 in Nature, the paper shows how to bring multiple molecules at once into a single quantum state.

Graduate Student Ihar Lobach: Using Fluctuations to Measure Beam Properties

April 1, 2021

Scientists planning future particle accelerators and synchrotron light sources strive for tighter, more powerful electron beams. But as beams get narrower, it becomes harder to measure important properties. Now, Ihar Lobach of the University of Chicago and colleagues have demonstrated a new way to measure a beam’s vertical emittance more precisely than existing methods.

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Michel Fruchart Receives Suzuki Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

December 21, 2020

Michel Fruchart has been named one of four recipients of the 2020-2021 Suzuki Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, which recognizes outstanding postdoctoral researchers. He was nominated by his supervisor, Vincenzo Vitelli, and will be recieve a $10,000 prize.

Search of a lifetime’ for supersymmetric particles at CERN

December 8, 2020

A team of researchers at the University of Chicago recently embarked on the search of a lifetime—or rather, a search for the lifetime of long-lived supersymmetric particles, proposed particles that could explain quirks of the universe.

XENON1T Dark matter detector picks up unexplained new signal

June 17, 2020

The XENON1T detector, tucked into an Italian mountainside to search for signs of a mysterious substance in the universe called dark matter, has picked up a new bump in the data that cannot be explained by current models.
On June 17, Evan Shockley, graduate student in the group of Professor Grandi, presented the results of a new analysis of XENON1T data searching for anomalies in the electron recoil channels.


Congratulations to Young-Kee Kim

August 27, 2019

Professor Kim has been named the 2019 Scientist of the Year jointly by the Korean Scientists and Engineers Association (US) and the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (Korea). Congratulations!

The Michelson Center for Physics

August 23, 2019

The Michelson Center for Physics

Parker Solar Probe: 1 Year Later

August 13, 2019

Professor Parker looks back over the first year of the Parker Solar Probe mission.