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Prof. Xiaowei Zhuang Receives the 2021 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences

April 20, 2021

Foundation for the National Institute of Health (FNIH) has awarded Prof. Xiaowei Zhuang the ninth annual Lurie Prize for her revolutionary work developing super-resolution microscopy and genome-scale imaging showing new spatial and functional organizations of molecules and cells. Her research lab at Harvard University pioneered both STORM and MERFISH methods of microscopy.

Each year, the FNIH recognizes outstanding achievements by a promising young scientist in biomedical research by bestowing the Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, a $100,000 award. The prize is made...

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Prof. Mundy to receive Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research

April 13, 2021

Congratulations to Prof. Julia Mundy on her receipt of the 2021 Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research for her proposal, “An Interfacial Platform for Faultless Quantum Computing.”

The prize provides seed funding to interdisciplinary high-risk, high-impact projects in the life, physical, and social sciences that, because of its originality and high-risk approach, may not receive support through traditional funding channels. It expands opportunities for Harvard researchers to pursue ever more novel areas of inquiry, unburdened by the constraints...

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Detection of a particle shower at the Glashow resonance with IceCube

March 10, 2021

Sixty years ago, a postdoctoral researcher at what is now known as the Niels Bohr Institute in Denmark named Sheldon Glashow proposed a hypothetical interaction between electron antineutrinos and atomic electrons, which would produce a yet-unknow particle through a resonance process. Twenty years later, this particle, known as the W-boson, was discovered by the UA1 experiment at CERN. The discovery was so important that it lead to a shared Nobel Prize in Physics for the two key scientists behind it, Simon van der Meer and Harvard Higgins Professor of Physics Carlo Rubbia, and only a year...

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Congratulations to Professors Carlos Argüelles-Delgado and Roxanne Guenette, 2021 Sloan Research Fellows!

February 16, 2021

Professors Roxanne Guenette and Carlos Argüelles-Delgado have been selected as 2021 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows in Physics. 

Awarded annually since 1955, Sloan Fellowships honor extraordinary U.S. and Canadian early-career scientists whose creativity, innovation, and research accomplishments make them stand out as the next generation of scientific leaders.

“A Sloan Research Fellow is a rising star, plain and simple” says Adam F. Falk, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “To receive a Fellowship is to be told by the scientific community...

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Prof. Lukin Received the OSA Charles Hard Townes Medal 

February 11, 2021

Mikhail Lukin, has been selected as the 2021 recipient of The Optical Society (OSA) Charles Hard Townes Medal in honor of his pioneering theoretical and experimental contributions to quantum nonlinear optics and quantum information science and technology, and for the development and application of nanoscale quantum systems for sensing. He joins an esteemed group of past recipients recognized for their outstanding...

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Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research: Topology and other tools in condensed matter physics

December 2, 2020

Reviews of Modern Physics published an extended version of a talk by Prof. Bertrand Halperin, given at the March 2019 meeting of the American Physical Society, upon received the 2019 APS Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research. 

The article summarizes some of Prof. Halperin's work in areas linked to topological aspects of classical and quantum physics. Topics include quantum Hall effects, as well as the theory of melting in to dimensions and effects of vortex motion in a thin superconductor or a superfluid film.

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Guenette Awarded a 2020 Synergy Grant by European Research Council

November 5, 2020

Prof. Roxanne Guenette, with colleagues Juan José Gómez Cádenas (Donostia International Physics Center) and Fernando P. Cossío (the University of the Basque Country), have been awarded a 2020 Synergy Grant by European Research Council (ERC) for their proposal of a background-free experiment to discover the nature of neutrinos based on single Barium Atom Light Detection.

The grants, €350 million in total, are intended to support scientific projects that address some of the world’s most formidable research problems spanning multiple scientific disciplines. Out of more than 440...

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Superspreading Events Without Superspreaders

Superspreading Events Without Superspreaders

October 26, 2020

Is a study posted on medRxiv, Prof. Mara Prentiss and two former Harvard physics students, Arthur Chu and Karl Berggren (MIT), analyzed transmission of COVID-19 using five well-documented case studies: a Washington state church choir, a Korean call center, a Korean exercise class, and two different Chinese bus trips. In all cases the likely index patients were pre-symptomatic or mildly symptomatic, which is when infective patients are most likely to interact with large groups of people. An estimate of N0, the characteristic number of COVID-19 virions needed to...

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Probing light-driven quantum materials with ultrafast resonant inelastic X-ray scattering

Probing light-driven quantum materials with ultrafast resonant inelastic X-ray scattering

October 19, 2020

Ultrafast optical pulses are an increasingly important tool for controlling quantum materials and triggering novel photo-induced phase transitions. Understanding these dynamic phenomena requires a probe sensitive to spin, charge, and orbital degrees of freedom. Time-resolved resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (trRIXS) is an emerging spectroscopic method, which responds to this need by providing unprecedented access to the finite-momentum fluctuation spectrum of photoexcited solids. In the latest issue of Communication Physics, Profs. Matteo Mitrano (Harvard) and Yao Wang (...

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