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New MicroBooNE analysis takes a closer look at the sterile neutrino

The MicroBooNE collaboration at Fermilab has released a new analysis of their neutrino data. The result provides constraints on a model that assumes the existence of a sterile neutrino to explain anomalies in neutrino measurements by other experiments.

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LSU Researchers Collaborate to Better Understand the Weak Nuclear Force

Physics journal PRL features LSU nuclear physics research.

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LSU Boyd Professor's Legacy Elevates Research and Scholarship

Professor and Mrs. Plummer's gift will provide an endowment for a professorship and superior graduate student scholarship

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New research Shows Campus Mounds as Oldest known man-made Structures in North America

New research reveals more information about the LSU Campus Mounds, including the discovery of thousands of years old charred mammal bone fragments and a coordinated alignment of both mounds toward one of the brightest stars in the night sky. This new information offers more insight into the oldest known man-made structures in North America.

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LSU Physics Professor Launches New AI Space Start-up

Atlantis Industries aims to accelerate off-world technology breakthroughs.

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Professor Mette Gaarde Named Chair of APS Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

Mette Gaarde, the Les and Dot Broussard Alumni Professor of Physics at LSU, will be Chair of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (DAMOP) in 2022-2023. In this role, she will oversee the planning of the 2023 DAMOP meeting and the selection of recipients for a number of DAMOP honors and awards. Gaarde was elected to the Chair-line of DAMOP in 2020, and has served as Vice Chair and Chair Elect before she was inducted as Chair at the annual DAMOP Business meeting in June 2022.

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LSU Welcomes James A. Sauls as Hearne Research Chair in Theoretical Physics

The LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy announces James A. Sauls as the new Co-Director of the Hearne Institute for Theoretical Physics, which spans research from quantum theory to gravitational physics.

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LSU Astrophysicists Break Down the Impact of Newly Released NASA Images

The first images from NASA’s new space telescope unveiled this week include a new look at the universe, expanding our view of the galaxy as we know it. The images include a high resolution “window” to millions of stars through the Milky Way’s dust, a new look at galaxies lightyears away for the first time in 30 years. LSU Astrophysicists share their reactions to the photos and how the Webb telescope impacts future research and discovery.

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Global Physicist Gabriela González Featured in International Women Astronomer Book

LSU Boyd Professor of Physics Gabriela González is featured in a new international book titled "The Sky is for Everyone: Women Astronomers in Their Own Words." The book is a series of 37 autobiographical essays by women astronomers showcasing their encounters breaking down barriers and changing the face of modern astronomy.

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2021 - 2022 Department of Physics & Astronomy Annual Awards

2021 - 2022 Department of Physics & Astronomy Annual Awards

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Octo-Tiger Awarded Access to the World's Fastest Supercomputer

Researchers who recently developed "Octo-Tiger," a breakthrough astrophysics code that simulates the evolution of star systems, have been granted access to the supercomputer Fugaku in Tokyo.

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Kenneth R. Hogstrom 2022 LSU College of Science Hall of Distinction Honoree

The LSU College of Science's Hall of Distinction recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in their endless pursuit of excellence and fervent dedication to scientific leadership. Through their extraordinary achievements, outstanding characters, and commitments to their communities, the college's honorees have established lasting legacies of excellence in their individual fields.

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LSU Undergraduate Leaves His Mark on the Moon

The LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy has built a team to work, research, and design the first lunar-based camera to be put on the moon.

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New App Uses Crowdsourcing to Share Open Parking Spots in Real Time

Manos Chatzopoulos, assistant professor of Physics & Astronomy, has developed a free smartphone app to assist drivers in locating available parking on LSU's campus.

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Thomas Corbitt Named a 2022 LSU Rainmaker

Associate Professor Thomas Corbitt has been selected as a 2022 recipient of the LSU Rainmaker Award in the Mid-Career Scholar, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics category.

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New parking app wins investment prize at Baton Rouge pitch competition

An app that uses crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence to help people find parking spots won the High-Stakes Pitch Competition during Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week, or BREW. ParkZen, co-founded by LSU Assistant Professor Manos Chatzopoulos, financier and CFO George Triarchou and LSU computer science junior Haron Temam, took home the $100,000 investment award from Innovation Catalyst, a Baton Rouge-based nonprofit that invests in local entrepreneurs, and its subsidiary, the Red Stick Angel Network.

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American Institute of Physics Interviews Gabriela Gonzalez

American Institute of Physics Interviews Gabriela Gonzalez

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Having our own medical avatar could transform cancer care and space travel

Merging Medicine and Art - LSU SPARTAN Lab

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"Beam Me Up!" Talking Quantum Communication with Michelle Lollie

In this episode of 'On Par with the President', President William F. Tate IV speaks to LSU physics and astronomy doctoral student Michelle Lollie.

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Event horizons are tunable factories of quantum entanglement

LSU physicists have leveraged quantum information theory techniques to reveal a mechanism for amplifying, or "stimulating," the production of entanglement in the Hawking effect in a controlled manner. Furthermore, these scientists propose a protocol for testing this idea in the laboratory using artificially produced event horizons.

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Lila Ton Talks Scholarship & Quantum Optics Research

Alumna of LSU's University Laboratory School and Secretary, Society of Physics Students - LSU Chapter, Lila Ton talks about her undergraduate research experience.

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LSU Mourns the Loss of World-Renowned Astronomer Arlo U. Landolt

The LSU community lost one of its internationally respected faculty members when Arlo Udell Landolt, Ball Family Professor Emeritus of Physics & Astronomy, passed away on Jan. 21, 2022. He was 86 years old.

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Undergrad Sara Sayer Reveals Research Experience

LSU physics major Sara Sayer shares her undergraduate research experience.

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LSU Students Conduct Research and Design for First Lunar-based Telescope

LSU astronomers are leading a collaborative scientific observing program that will provide new images and information from the far side of the moon. LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Assistant Professors Tabetha Boyajian and Matthew Penny have recruited a team of students, who are working on the design of the first lunar-based camera, or L-CAM1, that aims to launch in 2024.

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Discovery of Extreme Superflares On Recurrent Nova V2487 Oph

Startlingly, the Recurrent Nova V2487 Oph has been discovered to have extreme superflares, with the bursts more frequent and 100,000 times more powerful than any other known superflare star, in terms of energy per year.

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Jeanne Garriz Shares LaSPACE Experience

LSU undergraduate student Jeanne Garriz shares her research experience.

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BRBytes Program to Boost Computer Science in K-12 Schools Doubles in Capacity

Going from 14 parishes and 2,000 students to 22 parishes and 4,000 students in mere months, BRBytes team makes yet another commitment to reach an additional 3,000 elementary school students in East Baton Rouge by summer.

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Space is Next for Senior Bri Robertson

President William F. Tate IV speaks with a top LSU student scholar, Bri Robertson. Bri is a senior in the Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College studying physics in the College of Science and computer engineering in the College of Engineering. In this episode she shares how she is focused on artificial intelligence in medical settings and outer space, and how her scholarship opportunities have allowed her to make sure “no door was left unopened” during her time at LSU.

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GWTC-3 Catalog and O3b Bulk Strain Data

The largest catalog of gravitational wave events ever assembled has been released today, with dozens of ripples in space time captured by a global network of detectors. The catalog updates the list of all gravitational-wave events observed to date with events observed between November 2019 and March 2020, using three international detectors: The two Advanced LIGO detectors in Livingston, LA and Hanford, WA, and the Advanced Virgo Detector in Italy.

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Meet SOARS Scholar Nathaniel Wrobel

Undergratduate student spotlight featuring Nathaniel Wrobel

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Scaling up quantum metrology for higher multiphoton resolution

Efficient parametric down-conversion together with photon-number-resolving detection makes multiphoton quantum metrology robust and scalable.

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Quantum Physics PhD Candidate Michelle Lollie

Michelle Lollie's area of research is High-Dimensional Quantum Communication which is important for many technologies where the secure delivery and receipt of information, unbiased in any way, is paramount.

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LSU, Delaware to Develop Chemical Manufacturing Processes Using CO2 Feedstocks and Renewable Energy

Each day, many of the products we use, whether we know it or not, are produced from natural gas or crude oil using carbon- and energy-intensive processes. But what if we could make those same products using CO2, thereby drastically reducing or even eliminating our carbon footprint? That is the ultimate goal of a project being conducted by researchers from LSU and the University of Delaware, thanks to a four-year, $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or NSF EPSCOR, program.

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LSU Research Team Awarded $1.4 Million Equipment Grant from NSF

A team from the Louisiana State University Superfund Research Program (LSU SRP), along with colleagues at the LSU AgCenter and Pennington Biomedical Research Center, have been awarded a $1.4 million grant through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program.

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Astrophysics PhD Candidate Courtney Crawford

Courtney Crawford studies astrophysics, more specifically her thesis work is on spectral classification of a rare type of variable star known as the R Coronae Borealis (RCB) variables.

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Bella Bowman Foundation Teams Up with LSU on Pediatric Cancer Research

The Bella Bowman Foundation presents a, $75,000 pledge to the LSU research group to support a portion of the next phase of a research study to understand rare but potentially fatal side effects following cancer therapy, including radiation necrosis--the death of healthy tissues.

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Nanoscale Systems for Generating Various Forms of Light

LSU Quantum Researchers Rearrange Photon Distribution to Create Different Light Sources

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$7.8 Million Gift in Support of LSU and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Strengthens Nation-leading Medical Physics Partnership

A $7.8 million estate gift from the late Dr. Charles M. Smith of Sulphur, La., will advance cancer treatment through a longstanding partnership with LSU and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center that began in 1980.

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LIGO-VIRGO-KAGRA finds Elusive Mergers of Black Holes with Neutron Stars

For the first time, researchers have confirmed the detection of a collision between a black hole and a neutron star. In fact, the scientists detected not one but two such events occurring just 10 days apart in January 2020. The extreme events made splashes in space that sent gravitational waves rippling across at least 900 million light-years to reach Earth. In each case, the neutron star was likely swallowed whole by its black hole partner.

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Japanese, Italian, U.S. Physicists Reveal New Measurements of High-Energy Cosmic Rays

LSU researchers contribute to a discovery that adds a new wrinkle to our understanding of the origins of matter accelerated to high energies in the galaxy.

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David Young Explains the Physics of Simone Biles' Signature Gymnastics Moves

David Young Explains the Physics of Simone Biles' Signature Gymnastics Moves

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LSU graduate’s groundbreaking research heading to the moon

Louisiana Women: LSU graduate’s groundbreaking research heading to the moon

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Big Bytes: LSU Program to Help Teach Computer Science and Computational Thinking Skills in Louisiana High Schools and Lower Grades Quickly Expands Across State

Big Bytes: LSU Program to Help Teach Computer Science and Computational Thinking Skills in Louisiana High Schools and Lower Grades Quickly Expands Across State

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Rongying Jin named LSU Senior Scholar Rainmaker

Professor Rongying Jin named LSU Senior Scholar Rainmaker

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Spring 2021 Graduates

LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Spring 2021 Graduates

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Keilah Davis Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

LSU's second year Ph.D. candidate Keilah Davis has been selected for the highly competitive National Science Foundation, or NSF, Graduate Research Fellowship. This prestigious fellowship supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees. NSF received more than 13,000 applications for 2,000 fellowships this year.

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Statewide Computer Science Program Competes in National Video Competition

The ambitious program that is improving and expanding opportunities in computational thinking and computer science courses throughout Louisiana public schools will be featured in a national video competition from May 11-18. The program called Baton Rouge: Bringing Youth Technology, Education and Success, or BRBytes, is one of the 287 programs featured in the 2021 STEM for All Video Showcase.

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Prestigious NASA Public Service Medal Awarded to LSU Physics Professor, LA NASA Space Grant & EPSCoR Director

T. Gregory Guzik, LSU Physics Professor and Director of the Louisiana Space Grant NASA EPSCoR (LaSPACE) programs has been awarded the 2020 NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Medal (OPLM). This prestigious NASA recognition is awarded to non-Government individuals or to an individual who was not a Government employee during the period in which the accomplishment was achieved, for notable leadership accomplishments that have significantly influenced the NASA Mission. The official NASA award citation reads: “In recognition for many years of exceptional dedication and public service inspiring and teaching the next generation of leaders in science, engineering and technology.”

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LSU Goes to the Moon

As the U.S. lands on the Moon next year, for the first time since 1972 and the Apollo program, LSU technology built by students in close collaboration with industry partners will report back from the lunar surface. Undergraduate students in five different LSU colleges and schools are leading the mission, which will make future space travel safer for astronauts and equipment. Meet the team behind Tiger Eye 1.

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LSU Ph.D. Graduate Sumeet Khatri Co-authors Textbook on Quantum Communication with LSU Professor

As a professor, it’s a rare thing to write one of the definitive textbooks on the subject you teach. And as a student who has not yet graduated, it’s almost unheard of. Yet, Ph.D. graduate Sumeet Khatri and his advisor, Professor Mark M. Wilde in the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy with a joint appointment in the LSU Center for Computation & Technology, have pulled it off. Principles of Quantum Communication Theory: A Modern Approach is now out in pre-release and already being used by scholars around the world.

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