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Stan Cotreau

If you’re going to teach people engineering, - says Stan Cotreau, the Director of the Physics / SEAS Instiructional Instrument Lab (or the Machine Shop, as it's commonly called) - if you’re going to teach them experimental physics, you’ve got to teach them how to work with their hands.



Electrical signaling plays a fundamental role in biology: our neurons communicate with little electrical blips, our heart is paced by an electrical wave, and every cell in our body powers part of its metabolism from electrical energy in mitochondria...



Prof. Subir Sachdev delivered the 2014 Salam Distinguished Lecture titled "Theory of Quantum Matter: from Quantum Fields to Strings" at the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics.


This year's Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize has been awarded to Prof. Philip Kim "for his discoveries of unconventional electronic properties of graphene".


Colloidal crystals are promising structures for photonic applications requiring dynamic control over optical properties...


From the Publisher's Summary: "Providing a comprehensive introduction to quantum field theory, this textbook covers the development of particle physics from its foundations to the discovery of the Higgs boson..."



The Standard Model (SM) of particle physics fails to explain dark matter and why matter survived annihilation with antimatter following the Big Bang. Extensions to the SM, such as weak-scale Supersymmetry, may explain one or both of these phenomena by positing the existence of new particles and interactions that are asymmetric under time-reversal (T)...



The physical properties of our planet are intricately tied to the sequence of giant impact events that led to the formation of the Moon. The canonical giant impact model for lunar origin has been called into question by recent geochemical measurements of lunar rocks...



In 1893, Max Planck, newly appointed professor of physics in Berlin, was seconded to study the department’s Eitz harmonium, capable of dividing an octave into 104 steps. An accomplished musician, Planck learned to play this new instrument and used it to devise experiments in musical temperament...



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