The Life and Death of Turbulence - Lecture: Nigel Goldenfeld November 21, 2019

Roger Dashen Memorial Lecture November 21, 2019 Garren Auditorium UC La Jolla Campus - 4:00 PM Lecture The Life and Death of Turbulence Nigel Goldenfeld - Dept of Physics University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Turbulence is the last great unsolved problem of classical physics. But there is no consensus on what it would mean to actually solve this problem. In this colloquium, I propose that turbulence is most fruitfully regarded as a problem in non-equilibriu...
The Life and Death of Turbulence - Lecture: Nigel Goldenfeld November 21, 2019

Dashen Memorial Lecture - Barry Barish -- 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

 The Roger Dashen Memorial Colloquium will be presented in BSB Garren Auditorium. Thursday Sept. 26, 2019.  Refreshments start at 3:30 “Probing the Universe with Gravitational Waves” Barry C Barish Caltech and UC Riverside The discovery of gravitational waves, predicted by Einstein in 1916, is now enabling important tests of the theory of general relativity, as well as beginning multi-messenger astronomy: the combined observations of astro...
Dashen Memorial Lecture - Barry Barish -- 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

Noah Hurst, UCSD positron group, is the recipient of the 2019 Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award

Physics department member Noah Hurst (UCSD positron group) is the recipient of the 2019 Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award, which is named for Marshall Rosenbluth, the eminent plasma physicist and long-time member of our department. Noah’s citation reads:  "For the development of electron-plasma-based techni...
Noah Hurst, UCSD positron group, is the recipient of the 2019 Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award

Borrowing from Astronomy to Rob the Twinkle from Brain Imagery

Neurophysicists make new recording of nerve signals by adapting tools of astronomers For decades, astronomers have solved the problem of removing the “twinkle” from images of stars in the night sky. They use a process called “adaptive optics” (AO) to correct for changes in the density and moisture of air in the atmosphere that scatters the incoming star light. Recently, UC San Diego Professor David Kleinfeld, along with postdoctoral fellow Rui Liu, realized how to adopt this same p...
Borrowing from Astronomy to Rob the Twinkle from Brain Imagery

Researchers Unravel Mechanisms that Control Cell Size

Working with bacteria, a multidisciplinary team at the University of California San Diego has provided new insight into a longstanding question in science: What are the underlying mechanisms that control the size of cells? Nearly five years ago a team led by Suckjoon Jun, a biophysicist at UC San Diego, discovered that cell size is controlled by a fundamental process known as “the adder,” a function that guides cells to grow by a fixed added size from birth to division. Yet mysteries remained about th...
Researchers Unravel Mechanisms that Control Cell Size

Scientists Confirm Events that Occurred One Second after the Big Bang

One second after the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago an abundance of invisible subatomic particles was released from the hot plasma that filled the universe, forming what scientists call the cosmic neutrino background. These neutrinos pass through great distances in matter without being impacted, yet they influence the enormous distances between galaxies. Now a team of international scientists, including researchers from UC San Diego, has produced a measurement that adds to the understanding of the universe within a second of its creation. T...
Scientists Confirm Events that Occurred One Second after the Big Bang

Quantum Materials for Energy Efficient Neuromorphic Computing, Q-MEEN-C Kick Off Event

You’re invited! Join us to celebrate the opening of the Quantum Materials for Energy Efficient Neuromorphic Computing center, headquartered here at UCSD Physics!! Date: Friday, January 25 Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Location: Natural Sciences Building Auditorium, First Floor PLEASE RSVP: https://qmeenc-reception.eventbrite.com Refreshments: delicious ones! Part of the U. S. Department of Energy’s “...
Quantum Materials for Energy Efficient Neuromorphic Computing, Q-MEEN-C Kick Off Event

George Feher: Commemorating a life in biophysics Feher Fest Memorial Symposium, Friday, 5 October 2018

Fred Kavli Auditorium, Tata Building, Revelle College, UC San Diego 9:00 am – Introduction Melvin Okamura (UC San Diego, emeritus) 9:30 am – Bioenergetics Overview by M arilyn Gunner (CUNY) Richard Debus (UC Riverside) From the bacterial reaction centers to O2 evolution in photosystem II Peter Brzezinski (Stockholm) Supramolecular interactions in the mitochondrial respiratory chain Ana and Thomas Moore (ASU) Proton-coupled electron...
George Feher: Commemorating a life in biophysics  Feher Fest Memorial Symposium, Friday, 5 October 2018

Physicists Train Robotic Gliders to Soar like Birds

Bird and glider in tandem flight. Photo montage courtesy of Phil Richardson, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution The words “fly like an eagle” are famously part of a song, but they may also be words that make some scientists scratch their heads. Especially when it comes to soaring birds like eagles, falcons and hawks, who seem to ascend to great heights over hills, canyons and mountain tops with ease. Scientists realize that upward currents of warm air assist the birds in their flight, but they don’t know ...
Physicists Train Robotic Gliders to Soar like Birds

UC San Diego Researchers Charge Quest to End ‘Voltage Fade’

Many of our modern devices—from cell phones to electric cars—depend on charged batteries to operate. But when battery voltage fades, so does the amount of energy a battery can hold. This fading is especially problematic for certain lithium-rich cathode materials used to power things like electric cars; how the fading occurs isn’t well understood. To help remedy the problem, a team of UC San Diego researchers applied heat and X-ray imaging differently to demonstrate for the first time the origins of voltage fade. I...
UC San Diego Researchers Charge Quest to End ‘Voltage Fade’