Tag Physics

Lessons of conventional imaging let scientists see around corners

August 5, 2019

Scientists from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Universidad de Zaragoza in Spain, drawing on the lessons of classical optics, have shown that it is possible to image complex hidden scenes using a projected “virtual camera” to see around barriers.

Researchers recreate the sun’s solar wind and plasma “burps” on Earth

July 29, 2019

A new study by UW–Madison physicists mimicked solar winds in the lab, confirming how they develop and providing an Earth-bound model for the future study of solar physics.

By dropping, throwing smart phones, students key into a 21st century approach to physics

June 27, 2019

In Professor Duncan Carlsmith's introductory physics classroom, smartphones are dropped, thrown and strapped to pendulums, and the data from their sensors is used to teach principles of physics.

Quantum science at UW–Madison joins exchange, invests in faculty and students

March 5, 2019

“By the investments we are making in quantum science and technology," says Steve Ackerman, "we are ... leading the way in concepts and technology that may revolutionize computing, communication, security and more.”

UW–Madison physics professor receives Moore Inventor Fellowship

November 15, 2018

Victor Brar is making new light sources the old-fashioned way, developing one to fill a niche where lasers are too expensive and LEDs inefficient.

New master’s in quantum computing offers training for a growing field

November 5, 2018

In a single calendar year, the program will catch students up on the fundamentals of quantum physics, cover the theory behind quantum computing, and teach students laboratory skills to construct the devices.

NSF awards UW $3 million to advance quantum physics, technology

September 24, 2018

The three UW–Madison grants are among 25 in an NSF initiative to fund major advances in quantum physics. In 2016, the agency identified quantum research as one of its 10 top funding priorities.

Physical Sciences Laboratory part of $1.6 million grant to plan for neutrino detector

September 5, 2018

The grant will expand the PSL’s technology for constructing specialized panels capable of detecting and studying neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles.

Prototype camera set for integration into novel gamma-ray telescope

May 3, 2018

A unique high-speed camera, designed to capture the fleeting effects of gamma rays crashing into the Earth’s atmosphere, will soon be on its way from the University of Wisconsin–Madison to Arizona’s Mount Hopkins.

Ingersoll Physics Museum celebrates 100 years of hands-on education

March 9, 2018

Last year, more than 14,000 visitors came to the free museum to spin bicycle-wheel gyroscopes, crank electrical generators, and yank on pulleys.

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.

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.