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2020 MPPL Winner Thibault Sohier

It’s Michelson Postdoctoral Prize Lectureship Week – Welcome Dr. Thibault Sohier!

2020 Michelson Postdoctoral Prize Thibault Sohier has been awarded the 2020 Michelson Postdoctoral Prize for his contributions to the theory of two dimensional materials, notably for his studies of electron-phonon interaction and electron transport. Dr. Sohier received his PhD in Physics in 2015 at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie...

Pictured here is the South Pole Telescope, which was part of the third generation of research about the Cosmic Microwave Background. CMB-S4 seeks to update equipment such as this to make it more sensitive and able to explore more of the sky. Image credit: cmb-s4.org.

Uncovering the Mysteries of the Universe with Professor John Ruhl

By Elliot Witscher, (B.S. - Geological Science | 2024) The cosmic microwave background (CMB) holds countless secrets of the universe, and Professor John Ruhl is a key part of uncovering those secrets. As the instrument scientist on CMB-S4, the fourth stage in ground-based observations of the cosmic microwave background, Ruhl...

Professor Charles Rosenblatt & team develop novel ‘shapeshifting’ liquid crystal

Professor Charles Rosenblatt & collaborators say they’ve changed the shape of a flat liquid crystal surface without applying any local stimulus—essentially remotely altering its physical appearance without touching it. The scientists essentially manipulated what Rosenblatt called “an orientable Newtonian liquid,” referring in this case to a nematic liquid crystal that...

Biophysics: Prof. Lydia Kisley awarded $1.9 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant

Lydia Kisley, Warren E. Rupp Assistant Professor in CWRU Departments of Physics and Chemistry, was recently awarded a $1.9 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for a project focusing on the “super-resolution fluorescence imaging of extracellular environments.” CWRU's the daily recently profiled her in its 5 questions with... Lydia...

Professor Harsh Mathur on Technology and Nuclear Weapons Development

In a recent issue of Interesting Engineering, Professor Harsh Mathur discussed the development of a new Russian nuclear weapon and the opportunity average citizens have to contact their representatives asking for the U.S. and Russia to negotiate a deal to not use the technology. He and Professor Steve Fetter of the...

Welcome Dr. Hiren H. Patel, Lecturer of Physics

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Hiren H. Patel has joined the Case Western Reserve University Department of Physics faculty as Lecturer of Physics. Dr. Patel is a theoretical physicist in the area of particle physics, particle astrophysics, and cosmology. After obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison,...