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Welcome to the End of Summer 2012 Newsletter

Hello! Welcome back for the Fall Semester 2012! We hope everyone made the most of their summer break.

You should have received the print version of the 2012 annual newsletter. If you are not on our mailing list and want to be, please email us at the link below and we will be happy to send you a copy.

Do you have news submissions or comments? Please send your updates to the News Team.


New Assistant Professor Maiken Mikkelsen: Using Physics to Build a Better Computer

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“It’s unusual and exciting to build bridges between physics and engineering,” says Prof. Maiken Mikkelsen, who will be doing just that in her new position as assistant professor in the departments of physics and electrical and computer engineering. “I’ll be able to supervise students from both departments and create a very interdisciplinary group. I’m excited about it,” she says.

In addition to building bridges between disciplines, she’s also helping to “build” the computer of the future—a quantum computer. Quantum mechanics describes how matter and energy interact on an atomic scale, where the familiar laws of classical mechanics do not apply. “As electronics get smaller and smaller, at some point the quantum mechanics are starting to become important,” she says. “Let’s not look at quantum effects as annoyances, but build something from the ground up that is based on quantum mechanics—to use it as an advantage.”

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More Faculty News

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Berndt Mueller Co-Writes Review on Recreating the Conditions During the Start of the Universe


Matthew Hastings Named Simons Foundation Investigator

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Gleb Finkelstein's and Harold Baranger's Groups Published in Nature


Ashutosh Kotwal to Serve on ATLAS Upgrade Physics Committee

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Mark Kruse Gives Public Talk to Packed Auditorium


Patrick Charbonneau Takes a Second Crack at Understanding Glass

Click on the images above to read each story. | Read more faculty news here.


New London Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

The Physics department is very happy to announce the creation of London Post-Doctoral Fellowship, which has been endowed by an anonymous donor. The Fellowship is intended to support an outstanding scientist in experimental condensed matter physics, broadly defined, and to honor the lifetime achievements of Professor Fritz London, who was active at Duke University between 1939 and 1954.

The endowment will support one post-doctoral researcher, who will have the freedom to associate with any of the existing experimental condensed matter groups and will have a research account for travel and small research-related expenses. The search for the first London Fellow will begin immediately.

Read more postdoc news here and more research news here.


Alumni News


Alumna Amanda Peters Randles Attends Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting and Serves on Panel


Duke Physics is a Family Tradition for Chip and Anne Watson

Read more alumni news here.


Student News


Grad Student Min Huang Awarded JSA/JLab Fellowship

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Graduate Student Kevin Finelli Presents at Major Conference Down Under, Interviewed on Young Scientist Panel


Graduate Students from the Gauthier and Baranger Groups Attend Gordon Research Conference

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Duke Undergraduate Student Will DeClemente Wins Outstanding Research Award

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The First Group From Shandong University Arrives at Duke

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Cate Marcoux and Kevin Finelli are winners of the 2012 Mary Creason Memorial Award for Undergraduate Teaching

Click on the images above to read more about each story. | Read more graduate student news here and more undergraduate student news here.


Department Fall Picnic Photos


The Physics Department held its annual fall picnic on Saturday, August 25 at Duke Forest, organized by the graduate students. Thank you to Prof. Richard Palmer for taking photos at this fun event. Please see all the stills here.


2012 Newsletter Now Available


The Duke Physics 2012 newsletter is now available. You can read it online in pdf format by clicking here. If you would like to receive a hard copy please email us and we will be happy to send it to you. Older issues are available here.


Job Opening: Assistant Professor in Experimental Nuclear Physics at Duke University

The Department of Physics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in the area of experimental nuclear physics, broadly defined. Current research in the department in this area includes experiments in electroweak interactions, neutrino physics, hadron structure and nuclear astrophysics. The appointment begins in fall 2013. The successful candidate should show a strong commitment to research and teaching.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching goals, and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation sent to npsearch@phy.duke.edu. Complete applications, including letters, received by November 30, 2012 will be given full consideration. Inquiries about the position should be sent to Calvin Howell, the Chair of the Search Committee with the message subject “NP Search”.

Duke University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We value diversity in all of its many facets and meanings.


Upcoming Events

Event details may change at any time. Always click "More Info" to retrieve contact info for event organizers when planning to attend events.

Triangle Nuclear Theory Seminar The next TNT Seminar will be on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 1:30PM at NC State in Raleigh and will feature Thomas Epelbaum of Saclay Nuclear Research Centre discussing "Towards an understanding of thermalization in Heavy Ion Collision."

Physics Department Colloquium The next Colloquium will be Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 3:30PM and will feature Nadya Mason of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Physics 128.

TUNL Seminar The next TUNL Seminar will be on Monday, October 1 at 2:00PM featuring Hira Ejiri of RCNO Osaka University on "Experimental studies of nuclear matrix elements for double beta decays." Location to be determined.

Joint High Energy Physics/Theory Seminars The next HEP Theory Seminar will be on Thursday, November 1 at 12:30PM and will feature Tina Lund of NC State University in Physics 278.

Condensed Matter Seminar Series Keep an eye out for event listings here.