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Graduate students Shannon Harvey and Shiang Fang won the 2017 Maurice and Gertrude Goldhaber Prize (for experimental and theoretical physics, respectively)...


Traditionally speaking, crystals - like salt, sugar or even diamonds - are simply periodic arrangements of atoms in a three-dimensional lattice. Time crystals, on the other hand, take that notion of periodically-arranged atoms and add a fourth dimension...


Ken Wilson’s invention of the Renormalization Group for systems exhibiting criticality – especially as it led to the quantitatively effective "epsilon expansion" – will be explored...


The quantum Hall effect supports a set of chiral edge states at the boundary of a two-dimensional system. A superconductor contacting these states can provide correlations of the quasiparticles in the dissipationless edge states...


Manufacturing complex bio-inspired shapes in the lab is often time consuming and costly. developed a new geometrical framework to explain how previous precipitation patterns grew and even predicted new structures. L. Mahadevan and SEAS colleagues developed a theoretical model to interpret the crystal growth shapes...


Bok Center awards Fall 2016
Congratulations to all physics teaching fellows, teaching assistants, course assistants, lecturers, and preceptors who won the Derek Bok Center Certificates of Excellence and Distinction in Teaching!


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Two awards celebrate Professor Lisa Randall as a humanist and distinguished scicentist: the Harvard Humanist Award and Simons Fellowship in Theoretical Physics...


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It is well known that as plants grow, their stems and shoots respond to outside signals like light and gravity. But if plants all have similar stimuli, why are there so many different stem shapes? Why does a weeping willow grow downwards while nearby poison ivy shoots upwards?...


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Dr. David Morin's new book, Special Relativity: For the Enthusiastic Beginner, is written for high school and college students learning about special relativity for the first time. It will appeal to the reader who has a healthy level of enthusiasm for understanding how and why the various results of special relativity come about...


Time crystals are hypothetical structures that pulse without requiring any energy — like a ticking clock that never needs winding. The pattern repeats in time in much the same way that the atoms of a crystal repeat in space...


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