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Laboratory for the Optical Manipulation & Detection of Nuclei

DOE Awards Spinlab Early Career Research Funding

Towards a Next Generation Search for Time-Reversal Violation Using Optically Addressable Nuclei in Cryogenic Solids Certain rare pear-shaped nuclei have unmatched sensitivity to new kinds of forces between subatomic particles that are not the same when the arrow of time is reversed. Such forces are believed to be responsible for the near absence of antimatter ...

A Behind the Scenes Look at PHY 451: Advanced Lab, Part 1

[This is the first in a series of posts about our efforts to improve the instruction in PHY 451: Advanced Lab. They are written by my collaborator Matthew Rossi who is an assistant professor of writing in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Culture. His research focuses on citizen science, writing consultation, multimodal writing, and ...

Letter of recommendation from Albert Einstein for Konrad Wachsmann, 2 October 1939

The Time-Consuming Privilege of Writing a Thoughtful Letter of Recommendation for a Student (2018 Edition)

[Updated from 2017 – JTS] Inspiration It will soon be application season (at least for students considering going to grad school in physics) for graduating seniors. As a consequence, I’ve decided to borrow some useful guidelines from my colleagues regarding letters of recommendation/reference: Ed Brown’s Letters of Recommendation Pawel Danielewicz’s Recommendation Letters Brian O’Shea’s Recommendation ...

First Neon Film in prototype Single Atom Microscope

      The prototype Single Atom Microscope has been assembled and has passed two critical test. The substrate upon which we grow the solid neon thin films can be cooled to around 7 K which is cold enough to grow neon films. We have grown neon films at a rate of roughly 1 micron per ...

Adam, Brian, Fry, and Steve Graduate!

Congratulations to Adam, Brian, Fry, and Steve! They are all graduating this semester and participated in the graduation ceremony on December 16, 2017 in Breslin Center. Adam Powers joined the group in April 2016 and has contributed to all aspects of the high voltage electrode development for the Ra EDM experiment including residual magnetization measurements ...

Steve Wins Broad of Trustees’ Scholarship Award!

The Weekly Win goes to Director’s Research Scholar Steve Fromm, who was awarded a Board of Trustees Scholarship Award! This award is given to only ~50 out of ~10,000 graduating seniors (top 0.5%!) every year who have “the highest cumulative grade-points at the close of semester prior to graduation.” Furthermore, “To be eligible for these ...

painting by Rowena Morrill for the german edition of Asimov's 1980 book "Opus 200" published by Bastei Lubbe

Isaac Asimov Asks, “How Do People Get New Ideas?”

A few years ago Arthur Obermayer found an essay Isaac Asimov wrote in 1959 on how to foster creativity within a group setting. This essay titled “On Creativity” was published in MIT Technology Review in 2014 and can be accessed via this link. The process of creativity appears to be universal and is often not obvious to ...