Tag Astrophysics

Stellar magnetism: What’s behind the most brilliant lights in the sky?

January 30, 2018

"The best picture yet of magnetic reconnection in space” offer insight into the role of magnetic reconnection in celestial explosions, eruptions and extraordinary emissions of energy.

UW awarded $12.5 million to study astrophysical plasma here on Earth

October 9, 2017

The new Wisconsin Plasma Physics Laboratory, or WiPPL, will research fundamental properties of plasma in order to better understand our universe, where the hot gas is abundant.

IceCube helps demystify strange radio bursts from deep space

September 25, 2017

A University of Wisconsin–Madison physicist and his colleagues are turning IceCube, the world’s most sensitive neutrino telescope, to the task of helping demystify powerful pulses of radio energy generated up to billions of light-years from Earth.

UW-Madison astrophysics innovator Lawler wins national award

January 18, 2017

James Lawler is a professor of physics known for devising techniques to measure the chemical elements in the sun and other stars.

Hilldale lecture draws noted astrophysicist with climate message

October 6, 2016

Frank Shu, who has done pioneering research in astronomy on planetary disks, the origin of meteorites and the evolution of stars, will talk about reversing climate change.

UW-Madison’s Zweibel wins 2016 Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics

July 20, 2016

University of Wisconsin–Madison astrophysicist Ellen Gould Zweibel has won the American Physical Society’s 2016 James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics.