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Prof. Subir Sachdev
Prof. Subir Sachdev was awarded the Dirac Medal for the Advancement of Theoretical Physics by University of New South Wales and the Australian Institute of Physics...


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Sixty-six million years ago, an object the size of a city descended from space to crash into Earth, creating a devastating cataclysm that killed off the dinosaurs, along with three-quarters of the other species on the planet. What was its origin?...


Prof. Mikhail Lukin
This year’s Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics will be awarded to Prof. Mikhail Lukin "for his inspiring contributions at the scientific interface of quantum optics and nanophotonics...


Prof. Jene Golovchenko
Prof. Jene Golovchenko is a co-recipient of the Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching. The prize is awarded annually in recognition of exceptional teaching in introductory science classes...


Metamaterials with a refractive index of zero exhibit physical properties such as infinite phase velocity and wavelength. However, there is no way to implement these materials on a photonic chip, restricting the investigation and application of zero-index phenomena to simple shapes and small scales...


Benjamin Augenbraun
Benjamin Augenbraun, Harvard Physics graduate student in Prof. Doyle's group, received the 2015 LeRoy Apker Award "for high-precision measurement of the DC Stark shift..."


What happens when an isolated quantum system is set in motion from an initial nonequilibrium state that possesses certain orders? In classical thermodynamics, this problem is exemplified by the irreversible expansion of a gas in an isolated chamber after suddenly doubling the chamber size...


60 of the Physics Department’s postdoctoral and research scholars enjoyed the Third Annual Retreat at MIT Endicott House in Dedham, MA. The day included talks by Dennis Overbye, Deputy Science Editor, New York Times...


Professors Vafa (left) and Strominger
Congratulations to Professors Andrew Strominger and Cumrun Vafa for winning the 2016 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics!


Drying suspensions often leave behind complex patterns of particulates, as might be seen in the coffee stains on a table. But how does the transition between different types of patterning occur?...


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