2014 Research Highlights


LUX dark matter results confirmed
A new calibration of the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter detector brought a 10-fold increase in calibration accuracy, confirming findings announced last October from the instrument’s first 90-day run. If low-mass “WIMP” particles had passed through the detector, LUX would have found them.

BBC News: Dark matter hunt: US LUX experiment reaches critical phase
The quest to find the most mysterious particles in the Universe is entering a critical phase, scientists say.

Brad Marston awarded Futures Initiative grant
Professor Brad Marston was awarded The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative grant for nuclear waste research.

A virus reveals the physics of nanopores
Nanopores could provide a new way to sequence DNA quickly, but the physics involved isn’t well understood. That’s partly because of the complexities involved in studying the random, squiggly form DNA takes in solution. Researchers from Brown have simplified matters by using a stiff, rod-like virus instead of DNA to experiment with nanopores. Their research has uncovered previously unknown dynamics in polymer-nanopore interactions.

CMS closes major chapter of Higgs measurements
Read the message from Brown University High-Energy Physics group and the CMS public announcment of the new results.

Professor Greg Tucker named in the list of "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014"
Four Brown University faculty members were named among the world's most highly cited researchers for 2014 on a list compiled by Thomson Reuters.

Richard Nally '15 gives a talk at the CMS Collaboration Weekly General Meeting

Research team led by Prof. Vesna Mitrovic has produced new evidence for exotic, predicted superconducting state (Nature Physics, news.brown.edu, physicsworld.com)

Research spotlight: McCleary — Exploring galaxies far, far away

The finding by Prof. Valles and his research team suggest that the ability of paramecia to navigate around flat surfaces is entirely governed by Newton's Third Law of Motion and not by active behavior.  Results were published in Physical Review Letters