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Nov. 13, 2018
Imagine exploring the cores of stars to understand — and ultimately control — the type of fusion that’s taking place. High-energy density (HED) science is the study of properties and behavior of matter and radiation in extreme temperatures and pressures common to the deep interiors of the largest...
Nov. 13, 2018
New Consortium Seeks to Expose Students to a Galaxy of Opportunities Imagine exploring the cores of stars to understand — and ultimately control — the type of fusion that’s taking place. High-energy density (HED) science is the study of properties and behavior of matter and...
Oct. 11, 2018
UC Merced is part of a concerted effort to dramatically increase diversity in physics and astronomy over the next five years. The campus is one of nine University of California campuses and 15 California State University campuses awarded a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation...
Oct. 5, 2018
Highlights from the Physics Department’s accomplishments during the 2017-2018 academic year were celebrated at the fall Physics Department Social on October 5. Department Chair Ajay Gopinathan shared the following items: New faculty: Daniel Beller joined the department from Brown...
Sep. 20, 2018
Chih-Chun Chien, Michael Scheibner, and collaborators have discovered a simple setup exploiting the quantum nature of electrons and triangular geometry to induce spontaneous current circulation between three quantum dots, in a new paper published in Europhysics Letters. In contrast to...
Sep. 20, 2018
Classical analogs of solid state topological insulators, which support protected sound or light waves along their edges, are being realized in cutting-edge soft matter research. In a new paper published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienes, Kinjal Dasbiswas and collaborators...
Sep. 12, 2018
Even if some members of a goal-driven group don’t seem to work well with others — even if the whole group is extremely frustrated — the group can still compromise and find new ways to produce a successful outcome. This sounds like a political allegory, but it’s actually a novel finding about...
Jul. 16, 2018
UC Solar received a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to develop solar-thermal desalination technologies that reduce the cost of creating fresh water from otherwise unusable waters such as seawater, brackish water and polluted water. UC...
Mar. 20, 2018
For the first time, UC Merced’s doctoral programs in the sciences have been ranked among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of Best Graduate Schools. The School of Engineering celebrated its third appearance in the rankings, and this year...
Jan. 31, 2018
  Merced, California - The University of California Merced chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office. This is the first time the chapter has been recognized for its excellence as a top-tier student-led physical...

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