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Physics show: Fiery methane bubbles and vortex cannons wow crowd

February 21, 2023

The Wonders of Physics show in Chamberlin Hall on Feb. 18 kept the audience riveted with scientific experiments that demonstrated physics principles with panache

Smooth sailing for electrons in graphene

February 16, 2023

Physicists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison directly measured, for the first time at nanometer resolution, the fluid-like flow of electrons in graphene.

Finding some wiggle room in semiconductor quantum computers

January 25, 2023

A new housing for quantum semiconductors upends conventional wisdom, achieving more perfect computations thanks to its less-than-perfect design.

UW–Madison has long been a leader in fusion research and education

December 14, 2022

Over more than a half-century, the University of Wisconsin–Madison has become a national leader in the field, with dozens of researchers working on multiple large-scale projects across three departments and two colleges.

American Physical Society names four UW faculty fellows

October 19, 2022

Four University of Wisconsin–Madison professors have been elected fellows of the American Physical Society, recognizing advances in physics through original research and publication, significant and innovative applications of physics, and leadership, service and contributions to the teaching of physics.

X(ray) marks the spot in elemental analysis of 15th century printing press methods

August 11, 2022

Two UW–Madison researchers are part of a large, interdisciplinary team that is analyzing historical texts, including pages from a Gutenberg bible and Confucian texts, with a technique that could offer insights into early printing methods.

Researchers aim X-rays at century-old plant secretions for insight into Aboriginal Australian cultural heritage

May 27, 2022

For tens of thousands of years, Aboriginal Australians have created some of the world’s most striking artworks. Today their work continues long lines of ancestral…

UW–Madison, industry partners run quantum algorithm on neutral atom quantum computer for the first time

April 20, 2022

The achievement suggests quantum computers that outcompete traditional ones are on the horizon, with potential uses in logistics, drug discovery and computational modeling.

Ultraprecise atomic clock poised for new physics discoveries

February 16, 2022

The clock's design allows the team to test ways to search for gravitational waves, attempt to detect dark matter, and discover new physics with clocks.

Four UW–Madison researchers awarded prestigious Sloan Fellowships

February 16, 2022

Each fellow receives $75,000 in research funding from the foundation, which awards Sloan Research Fellowships in eight scientific and technical fields to promising researchers in the early stages of their careers.

Coral skeleton formation rate determines resilience to acidifying oceans

January 27, 2022

A new UW–Madison study has implications for predicting coral reef survival and developing mitigation strategies against having their bony skeletons weakened by ocean acidification.

Video: From weather to wonder

January 18, 2022

The Wonders of Physics traveling show is back in action at schools and public events. It is now presented by UW–Madison outreach specialist Haddie McLean, a former TV meteorologist. In this video, she visits Pecatonica Elementary School.

Nuclear engineering research and education pioneer Max Carbon dies at 99

July 6, 2021

As founding chair of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, Carbon authored "Nuclear Power: Villain or Victim? Our Most Misunderstood Source of Electricity."

Correlated errors in quantum computers emphasize need for design changes

June 16, 2021

UW researchers have found evidence that errors are correlated across an entire superconducting quantum computing chip — highlighting a problem to address in the quest for fault-tolerant quantum computers.

Flexible, easy-to-scale nanoribbons move graphene toward use in tech applications

May 3, 2021

Silicon-based fiber optics are currently the best structures for high-speed, long distance transmissions, but graphene — an all-carbon, ultra-thin and adaptable material — could improve performance even more.

Surprising communication between atoms could improve quantum computing

October 23, 2020

A group of UW physicists has identified conditions under which relatively distant atoms communicate with each other in ways that had previously only been seen in atoms closer together.