RESEARCH NEWS → Jing Teng, Chen Chen, Yimin Xiong, Jiandi Zhang, Rongying Jin and E. W. Plummer have recently reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [PNAS110, 898 (2013)] the observation of extremely large spin-charge-lattice coupling driven by the broken symmetry present at the surface. The study was conducted on single crystals grown at LSU of the newly discovered Fe-based superconductors Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2, using high resolution inelastic electron scattering to proble the lattice dynamics.
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RESEARCH NEWS → A paper by Thomas Kutter, former LSU postdoc Jason Goon, and their collaborators on the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) describes a new analysis of the Sudbury solar neutrino data using an array of He-3 proportional counters installed in the heavy water target to measure the rate of neutrino-deuteron neutral-current interactions. The total flux of active neutrinos was measured to be consistent with both previous measurements and standard solar models. A global analysis of solar and reactor neutrino mixing parameters yielded best-fit values of Δm2 = 7.59 +0.19/-0.21 x 10-5 eV2 and θ = 34.4+1.3/-1.2 degrees. The paper, published in Physical Review C87, 015502 (2013), was selected as a "Phys. Rev. C Editor's Suggestion". More . . .
RESEARCH NEWS → Jorge Pullin of the LSU Relativity Group and Hearne Institute and Adjunct Professor Rodolfo Gambini of Universidad de la Republica in Montevideo, Uruguay, have made a step forward in reconciling quantum mechanics with gravity using a new interpretation – the Montevideo interpretation – that eliminates the need for outside observers. This new view of the meaning of measurements in quantum mechanics may yield insights into the development of a quantum theory of gravity, a major unresolved issue in theoretical physics. It may also allow improved connection between a possible quantum mechanical phase early in the history of the universe and imprints of that phase on today's classical universe.
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Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) at LSU
LSU's "Ask 5" with Ashley Pagnotta
What I did with my Physics Degree
A series of discussions with alumni, industry representatives, faculty, and occasional other visitors together
with undergraduate Physics and Astronomy majors on the general topic of career opportunities and prospects for department majors.
For more about employment prospects for physicists, please see the American Physical Society page.
April 18, 2013 --Christopher Welch, BS in Physics '04 and MS in Medical Physics '08, will be on campus to tell us about life at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston after he graduated from our Medical Physics program and then what he is doing now as a petro-physicist using his knowledge about radiation detection for Shell Exploration Company - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 5:00 PMPM, Nicholson 119.
April 26, 2013 --Major General Jasper A. Welch, Jr., BS in Physics in 1952 from the Department of Physics & Astronomy and member of the College of Science Hall of Distinction. Major Welch is a former advisor to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Defense Science Board, the Secretary of the Air Force, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, defense policy coordinator for the National Security Council, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and member of the National Academy of Engineering - Friday, April 26, 2013 - 12:30 PM, Nicholson 435.
Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at LSU! The department
is actively involved in research in astronomy and astrophysics, gravitation
and relativity, nuclear and particle physics, medical physics, materials
and condensed matter physics, atomic/molecular/optical physics, quantum
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M.S. - Matthew Champagne, Fei Fang, Tyler Landis, Justin Silkwood, Robinjeet Singh,
B.S. - Matthew Amrit, Andrew Antony, Chase Brignac, Hanna Broadus, Bethany Broekhoven, Daniel Case, Bradley Dorman, Mia Ferriss, Nathan Glueck, Patrick Keiffer, Stephen Kudla, Alexander McLellan, Sean McNeil, Joshua Mendez, Martial Morrison, Donovan Myers, Clint Reaux, Carl Sabottke, Russell Solomon, Aaron Spooner, Conrad Sprunger, Joel Taylor, Gregory Tobin