Parampreet Singh was named a Rainmaker in the category of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Mid-Career Scholar. Faculty members chosen as Rainmakers are those who balance their responsibilities with external expectations such as securing funding for their research and establishing the impact of their findings to the scholarly community and society as a whole. Singh investigates the origins of the universe and the way properties of space and time emerged during its birth, ideas based in Einstein's Theory of Relativity.
Physics Professors Ward Plummer and Jiandi Zhang in collaboration with their colleagues from the Institute of Physics, Beijing, China have published a paper in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences (Vol. 112, pg. 2367) titled "Classification of Charge Density Waves based on their Nature." This work is a result of a collaboration funded by the Chinese Academy of Science.
"Emergence of stringlike physics from Lorentz invariance in loop quantum gravity," shows that non-local interactions like those present in string theory may be needed for loop quantum gravity to preserve Lorentz invariance. This paper by Rodolfo Gambini and Jorge Pullin received an honorable mention in the 2014 Essay competition of the Gravity Research Foundation.
U.S. Department of Energy Awards Dr. John DiTusa and the Louisiana Consortium for Neutron Scattering (LaCNS) a $4.9M Statewide Research Grant. Neutron scattering is one of the few techniques available that can probe the structure and dynamics of materials over a broad range of time, length and energy scales. LaCNS researchers will use the equipment and facilities and collaborate with the scientific staff at Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee, where they will run their experiments.
Physics Undergraduate Todd Moulder and Dr. Jonathan Dowling are featured in the article "Physical Challenge" pertaining to the LSU Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars Program.
The Landolt Standards and 21st Century Photometry meeting will be held here at LSU, Tuesday, May 19 - Thursday, May 21, 2015. The conference will profess Dr. Arlo Landolt distinctive career. Arlo Landolt is a Ball Family Professor Emeritus with the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Louisiana State University. If you are interested in attending the meeting and would like to be added to our mailing list, please visit the meeting website for registration information.