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Small entropy changes allow quantum measurements to be nearly reversed. Physicist Mark M. Wilde has improved a theorem in a way that allows for understanding how quantum measurements can be approximately reversed under certain circumstances. The new results allow for understanding how quantum information that has been lost during a measurement can be nearly recovered, which has potential implications for a variety of quantum technologies. Read More

CALET Instrument Scheduled for Launch to Space Station:  LSU Astrophysicists Anxiously Await the Data Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No.5 with the KOUNOTORI-5 cargo transfer vehicle carrying CALET at 8:50:49 p.m. on August 19 (Wed.) 2015 (Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center. The launch vehicle flew smoothly, and, at about 14 minutes and 54 seconds after liftoff, the separation of the KOUNOTORI-5 was confirmed. Docking with the ISS was accomplished on Aug. 24.Read More


Recent material science research advances the understanding of how materials can be manipulated without having to discover new materials, change the chemical concentration or apply external magnetic fields. Dr. Ward Plummer and Dr. Jian Shen's research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read More

T. Gregory Guzik

Over the next three years, Louisiana will receive $2.5 million from NASA, plus a crucial investment of about $1.9 million from the Board of Regents Support Fund. LaSPACE, which manages NASA Space Grant and NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research has been awarded three significant multi-year awards from NASA to support space-related research development and higher education programs in Louisiana. T. Gregory Guzik is the principal investigator for Space Grant and NASA EPSCoR projects. Read More

Hatim Chafi

Graduate Student Hatim Chafi, Guang Jia, and coworkers have published a paper in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging titled "Effect of Parallel RadiofrequencyTransmission on Arterial Input Function Selection in Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced 3 Tesla Pelvic MRI." This paper evaluates whether parallel radiofrequency transmission (mTX) can improve the symmetry of the left and right femoral arteries in dynamic contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) of prostate and bladder cancer.

Lydia Jagetic

Lydia Jagetic and Wayne Newhauser published a proof-of-concept study on a novel dose model for radiation cancer therapy. Experimental portions of the work were performed at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge, LA. The long-term goal of the study is to enable clinicians to improve outcomes for patients with good prospects for long-term survival, especially to reduce treatment-related side effects.

Jorge Pullin

Jorge Pullin was named as the 2014 Distinguished Research Master of Engineering, Science, or Technology. Pullin's research addresses the interface between gravity and quantum theory, specifically in the area of loop quantum gravity. His research has involved probing how space-time inside black holes is affected by quantum theory. He now also focuses on the foundations of quantum mechanics. Read more here




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