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(8/22/2016) NIU physicits join effort to beam neutrinos 800 miles through the earth. Led by physics professor Vishnu Zutshi, NIU’s contingent earned its spot in the Deep Underground Neutrino Project during the spring. Faculty, graduate students and undergraduates affiliated with NIU’s Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and Detector Development will team up with about 800 scientists on the project.
(8/16/2016) NIU Physics graduate student Matthew Krogstad won the prize for Outstanding Student Poster in the hard condensed matter section at the 2016 American Conference on Neutron Scattering, held from July 10-14 at Long Beach, CA. The poster, ‘Single Crystal Diffuse Scattering from Relaxor (1-x)PbMg(1/3)Nb(2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PMN-xPT),’ presents new work describing how diffuse x-ray and neutron scattering data reveal the nuances of local atomic displacements that occur in relaxor ferroelectric materials.
Ideal perovskite ferroelectrics possess relatively simple atomic displacements that give rise to macroscopic spontaneous electric polarization. Relaxor ferroelectrics, on the other hand possess additional, more complex atomic displacements that occur on local length scales. They also have far superior electromechanical properties which make the PMN-xPT materials, which are the subject of Matt's work, very attractive candidates for energy conversion from mechanical to electrical and vice versa. Applications of potential interest are sonar and mechanically-based tunable piezoelectric transducers and actuators, high frequency ultrasonic motors and transducers for medical diagnostic imaging, multilayer ceramic capacitors, microwave tunable devices, data storage, photonics and spintronics. Multilayer actuators have been successfully used to correct for the tilt and position of the optical elements of the Hubble telescope.
Development of the above and newer applications necessitates the proper understanding of the long-range structure of the host materials, but even more importantly knowledge of the local structural distortions which are key to the underlying physics and properties of the crystals. In this regard, Matt's work provide an important piece of the complex puzzle and bring us closer than ever to understanding the inner characteristics of these materials.
Matt Krogstad's work was performed at Argonne National Laboratory and at national synchrotron and neutron facilities. Matt works under the supervision of NIU physicist Omar Chmaissem and Argonne scientists Daniel Phelan, Ray Osborn and Stephan Rosenkranz
(8/11/2016) Greg Alley interviewed by Chicago Tonight about "Enhanced" Perseid Meteor Shower this week.
(8/11/2016) NIU STEM Outreach - Stargazing at Bliss Creek Golf Course, August 11, 6:30 - 10:30 PM (1 Golfview Lane, Sugar Grove, IL 60554)
(5/20/2016) A team of ANL and NIU scientists led by our own Dr. Zhili Xiao created 'Writable magnetic charge ice' for new computing technologies. This article is published in Science magazine (2016, Vol 352, p962).
(5/3/2016) Hottest jobs in physics
(4/26/2016) The Physics Department would like to announce the winners of this year's student awards. Javier Diaz and Alison Peisker shared the Outstanding Senior Award ($100). The Outstanding M.S. Student was awarded to Harsh Deshpande ($100). The Outstanding Ph.D. Student was awarded to Blake Burghgrave and Laxman Thoutam ($100) and the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant was awarded to Aaron Epps and Ryan Churchill-DeRose ($100). Awardees will be honored this Friday at the department senior symposium and awards ceremony.
(4/19/2016) Outstanding Graduate School Recognition Reception: Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Harsh Deshpande; Dissertation Completion Fellowship Award: Keith M. Taddei; Outstanding Dissertation Award: Stephen Cole.
(4/18/2016) NIU (Drs. Zutshi, Blazey, Chattopadhyay, Eads) recently joined the DUNE collaboration. This is the next-generation long baseline neutrino experiment, which will send a beam of neutrinos from Fermilab to a 40,000-ton liquid argon detector nearly a mile underground in South Dakota!
(4/1/2016) Both of our professors Swapan Chattopadhyay and Omar Chmaissem have recently named Presidential Research Professors. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 21, in the Altgeld Auditorium from 3 pm.
(3/31/2016) NIU Physics Graduate Alumnus Dr. Andy Morrison (now at Joliet Junior College) will be given a Distinguished Service Citation at the upcoming meeting of the Illinois State American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) meeting (4/22-23/2016, UIUC).
(3/21/2016) Scientific discovery 2.0. (New center offers supercomputing powers for student, faculty research.)
(3/8/2016) Celebrating International Woman's Day 2016, NIU physics postdoc Dr. Nansi Andari was featured as one of the 7 inspiring women from the ATLAS experiment on an ATLAS/CERN public article.
(2/11/2016) Professor Steve Martin is featured in NIU Newsroom Homepage, explaining "Why it's a big deal to detect gravitational waves".
(1/29/2016)February 2 | 12:30 PM Have we reached the end of physics? HARRY CLIFF • Despite the best efforts of scientists, we may never be able to explain all the weird features of nature. Is this the end of physics? Learn more in this fascinating talk about the latest research into the secret structure of the universe. CLB 110 (Honors Of_ce)