Apr 30, 2020Carbon, known universally as the basic building block of life, is generally thought by scientists to have formed inside the cores of stars. The Texas Active Target (TexAT) particle detector designed and built by Texas A&M physicists is playing a major role in a novel collaborative experiment to test whether other particles – specifically stray neutrons – could be involved in the element’s creation.
Mar 18, 2020March 13 marked the untimely passing of Texas A&M physicist Melanie Becker, a world-respected expert in string theory described as one of the outstanding physicists of her generation and an international leader in theoretical particle physics who made many important contributions, including developing models for superstring compactification.
Man on a Mission
Dec 10, 2019Texas A&M physicist Rupak Mahapatra has been appointed as director of research engagement for The Texas A&M University System National Laboratories Office (NLO), where he works to increase engagement between researchers throughout the Texas A&M System and all U.S. Department of Energy-affiliated laboratories — Los Alamos, in particular.
A Visionary Life and Legacy
Nov 04, 2019"Texas Monthly" writer-at-large and former "Houston Chronicle" business columnist Loren Steffy '86 will visit Texas A&M University Thursday to deliver a free public lecture and book-signing regarding his latest work, a biography on 1940 Texas A&M distinguished petroleum engineering graduate, businessman and philanthropist George P. Mitchell.
Aggie Ingenuity in Action
Oct 30, 2019A joint effort between Texas A&M's Colleges of Science and Engineering to improve delivery of fundamental required courses for future Aggie engineers has resulted in the campus-wide debut of an entirely new engineering physics sequence featuring not only a new set of introductory physics service course laboratories but also a novel method of delivery: state-of-the-art laboratory stations custom-made by Texas A&M physicists to revolutionize the learning experience.
A Significant Structural StepGMTO Corporation officials have signed the largest contract in Giant Magellan Telescope history, paving the way for final design and construction of the massive telescope structure -- another key milestone for Texas A&M and its fellow international partners in building the next-generation wonder expected to see first light late in the next decade.
Oct 22, 2019Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp and Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young joined the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering for an October 24-25 symposium to celebrate Texas A&M Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy and 1996 Nobel Prize winner David M. Lee, recently featured as "The Top 100 Registry's" 2019 Physicist of the Year.
A Better Grasp on Graphene
Sep 29, 2019Recent Nature Nanotechnology-reported research by Texas A&M physicist Alexey Belyanin explores the structure and dynamics of electrons in graphene, providing new insight into how it interacts with light at the nanoscale level and with femtosecond time resolution affecting the design of future nanophotonic devices as well as materials used in computers and telecommunications.
Sep 19, 2019Congratulations to Texas A&M physicists Tatiana Erukhimova and Saskia Mioduszewski, who have been named 2019 American Physical Society Fellows in recognition of excellence in original research and publication, innovative contributions to science and technology, and significant contributions to physics teaching and service.
Aug 31, 2019Texas A&M astronomers Lucas Macri, Darren DePoy and Jennifer Marshall are part of a bi-national project that has received a National Science Foundation award toward construction of a robotic telescope in Argentina to help them study gravitational wave events in deep space.
Spheres of InfluenceAn international team of astronomers that includes Texas A&M’s Benjamin Boizelle and Jonelle Walsh has used the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to obtain the clearest view to date of cold gas rotation around a supermassive black hole and calculated the mass of this supermassive black hole — the largest ever measured with ALMA — to be a whopping 2.25 billion times that of our Sun.