Physics Ph.D. student Gregory Kestin, graduating this year, wrote and produced a short video on cosmic inflation with the PBS program NOVA. This video describes one of the most spectacular physics discoveries of the century: the BICEP2 results, which reveal new secrets of gravity and the birth of our universe. The video takes the viewer back to the beginning of time and explains how quantum particles in the infant universe could have created the cosmic fingerprint that scientists can see today.
His research, which can be divided roughly equally into topics in the physical and biological sciences, contributes to these areas by identifying problems to which mathematics could provide a solution. For more information, please read the SEAS press release.
On Friday, April 4, 2014, Harvard celebrated the venerable history of one of the country’s great physics programs. In exciting faculty symposia, we assessed discoveries past, present, and potential, and examined the ways in which physics - the most fundamental science - has become increasingly multidisciplinary, with graduate students working in biology, chemistry, and engineering labs across Harvard. For program and other information, see the GSAS Reunion page.
On 4 July 2012, scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider announced they had observed a new particle which is consistent with the Higgs boson predicted by the Standard Model.
Professor Lisa Randall discussed the meaning of this discovery in recent interview in the Harvard Gazette and in her book Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space, now in paperback.
Misha Lukin's group has been keeping very busy: in collaboration with colleagues from MIT, Caltech, Vienna University of Technology, and the City University of Hong Kong, they have built all-optical transistors, took the temperature of biological cells, and created a form of matter not hitherto seen, among other things. The latest issue of Colloquy, the GSAS Alumni Magazine, describes some of the projects the researchers are working on in "Inside the Quantum Tinkerer’s Workshop" by Maggie McKee (Colloquy, Fall 2013, p. 12).
Professors Andrew Strominger and Cumrun Vafa have been awarded the Physics Frontiers Prize by the Fundamental Physics Prize Committee for their "numerous deep and groundbreaking contributions to quantum field theory, quantum gravity, string theory and geometry. Their joint statistical derivation of the Bekenstein-Hawking area-entropy relation unified the laws of thermodynamics with the laws of black hole dynamics and revealed the holographic nature of quantum spacetime". (Read more.)
Over 60 Harvard Physics Postdoctoral Scholars assembled at the MGH Conference Center in the Charlestown Naval Shipyard for the Department’s first-ever scholar retreat on October 18, 2013. The day's events included group/subfield talks, a poster session, break-out discussions, a trivia quiz game, and a dinner followed by an address by Dr. Stephen Wolfram. (Watch a slideshow).
Aqil is a Harvard graduate student in high energy theory physics and an avid Beep Baseball player. His team Boston Renegades is sponsored by the Association of Blind Citizens and plays in World Cup series. The Renegades: A Beep Ball Story, produced by best ever dog films, participated in the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival in Cooperstown, NY, on September 28, 2013.
Professor Jenny Hoffman, winner of the 2012 Roselyn Abramson Award, has been selected as a Fellow at the Rancliffe Institue for Advanced Studdy.
"During her fellowship year, she will pursue her own research priorities with a project called 'Enadling Nanoscale Imaging of Complex Oxides through Novel Film Growth Techniques'." (Read more)