Past Research Highlights


Joint Fall Meeting of the New England Sections of the APS and AAPT

Prof. Richard Gaitskell is a 2010 elected Fellow.

Prof. Humphrey Maris receives the 2011 Fritz London Memorial Prize in recognition for his original theories and experimental discoveries in liquid helium, in particular on phonons, Kapitza resistance, levitation, nucleation and especially cavitation, electron bubbles and vortex imaging.

Prof. Robert Pelcovits receives the 2010 Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning at Brown.

   Prof. David Lowe is awarded part of the Foundational Questions Institute grant for his proposal to study the holographic approaches to gravity and the arrow of time. His proposal was one of 21 proposals chosen out of more than 260 applications submitted worldwide.

Prof. Greg Landsberg, Postdoc Alexey Ferapontov and Physics Graduate student, Patrick Tsang interest in searching for microscopic black holes is featured in Fermilab Today.

The data analysis results of Prof. Meenakshi Narain and Postdoc Monica Pangilinan in the search for the W' Boson are featured in Fermilab Today.

Prof. Richard Gaitskell and a group of researchers, are leading a project to build a lab 4,850 feet below the Black Hills of South Dakota. Read more…

Professor See-Chen Ying has been awarded by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Physics, the CN Yang Visiting Professorship. This entitiles Prof. Ying to a one-month visit to the Chinese University of Hong Kong where the Physics department is looking forward to his sharing his research experience with faculty members and giving talks.

Prof. Humphrey Maris receives a fellowship from the APS to lecture in India which will include a lecture in memory of K.S. Krishnan, co-discover of the Raman light scattering effect.

Prof. Richard Gaitskell and his research group are featured in a new documentary series "Physics for the 21st Century".

Physics graduate student, Nhiem Tran's, article - ‘Magnetic nanoparticles: biomedical applications and challenges' was cited as one of the top ten most-read articles from the online version of Journal of Materials Chemistry for October 2010.

Presently, microscopic black holes fail to appear at the LHC. Read more…

The Transit Room restoration at the Ladd Observatory enables visitors to step back in time. See video of the open house


Follow the LHC!

Prof. Vesna Mitrovic and colleagues have discovered magnetic waves that fluctuate when exposed to certain conditions in a superconducting material. Read more.

Prof. Gerry Guralnik is the recipient of an endowed chair, Chancellor's Professor of Physics.

Prof. Sean Ling reports an advance with a DNA sequencing technique by hybridization.

The Compact Muon Solenoid, A key matter-detecting component of the Large Hadron Collider, is already producing results in the search for the Higgs boson particle. Read more here.

New Results From Dzero- Fermilab Scientists find evidence for significant matter-antimatter asymmetry. Read more here.

Brown Degree Day
Read about our Degree Day Alumni Participants.

The Fourth New England String Meeting 

US-CMS Collaboration Meeting at Brown University

Prof. Brad Marston along with colleagues from various sciences theory of an approach to study climate change is well-summarized in the article "Earth’s Climate: More Science Needed".

Graduate student, Phong Tran, (advised by Tom Webster) is a 2010 STAR award recipient from the Society for Biomaterials. Phong was chosen based on his abstract and research "Creating bone-promoting, cancer-inhibiting, bacterial-inhibiting implants using seleniun nanoclusters".

Prof. Chung-I Tan, invites one to ponder the membership requirements of Phi Beta Kappa in his letter to the editor of the Brown Daily Herald.

Prof. Vesna Mitrovic has received a 2010 ADVANCE Career Development Award.

Prof. Brad Marston is honored as a 2010 Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society.

Prof. Gang Xiao's article, "Strengths From the Top" is published in the commentary, "Will China Achieve Science Supremacy" in the New York Times on-line. Read here.



Prof. Greg Landsberg and Prof. Ulrich Heintz are Elected to Fellowship in the American Physical Society. Read More…

Prof. Sean Ling and former graduate student Hongbo Peng/IBM Research develop a breakthrough procedure in mapping a person's genome as reported in the journal Nanotechnology and also noted in this article in the Providence Journal.

Prof. Meenakshi Narain and graduate student Monica Pangilinan are the leaders of the prime analyses that resulted in the discovery of a new production process for the top quark since submitted for publication to Physical Review Letters.

The race is on to find the elusive Higgs boson. Prof. Greg Landsberg comments about the competition in this NewScientist article.

Prof. Brad Marston, gives his talk "Quantum Mechanics of Global Warming" to a large public audience at the Aspen Institute… Watch Now.

Prof. Marston in an interview prior to his talk at the Aspen Institute with GrassRoots TV 12Watch Now.

Prof. Humphrey Maris is selected to receive the Philip J. Bray award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Physical Sciences for 2009-2011.

Dean Hudek, laboratory physicist, has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the AAPT Laboratories Committee.

New Galaxies found! The BLAST experiment, led at Brown by Prof. Greg Tucker, plays a key role in this discovery as cited in this article in Nature.

Prof. Brad Marston is co-author of the paper Fire in the Earth System which has been published in the Science Magazine.

Prof. Rick Gaitskell's search for dark matter is cited in this article.
Learn More: Large Underground Xenon ; News Articles; Photos.

"The days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over!" - President Barak Obama
As quoted by the President in his speech on April 27, 2009 at the National Academy of Sciences 146th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.Hear more..

Arthur O. Williams Lecture, Monday, February 9, 2009
Dr. Steven Koonin, Chief Scientist, BP p.l.c. View the video of Dr. Koonin's presentation: Energy, Environment, Security:  Can We Have It All.
View the slideshow.

The research of Dr. Wei Guo, Graduate student Dafei Jin, Prof. George Seidel and Prof. Humphrey Maris is featured in an American Physical Society online report spotlighting exceptional research.

Prof. Anastasia Volovich is selected as a 2009 Career Development Award Winner.

Prof. Bob Pelcovits conveys a moving essay on WRNI National Public Radio station's show This I Believe.



Prof. Anastasia Volovich is selected as a 2008 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) winner.

Prof. Jay Tang, Dr. Guanglai Li, and former Brown undergraduate student, Lick-Kon Tam research of Brownian motion is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more here.

Prof. Dave Cutts in a LHC interview with Channel 10 News.

Graduate student, Yunhe Xie , working with fellow team Brown researchers, Prof. Dave Cutts and Dr. Tulika Bose, PhD analysis is featured as a Fermilab Result-of-the-Week.

Prof. Savvas Koushiappas comments to MSNBC about a study of small galaxies circling around the Milky Way.

Prof. Greg Landsberg's is interviewed by the New York Times in regard to The Large Hadron Collider.

Prof. Peter Westervelt is selected to receive the Silver Medal in Physical Acoustics at the 156th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America.

Prof. Brad Marston is selected by the NSF as an American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellow (ACI Fellows).

Prof. Robert Pelcovits has been selected by the University to become one of the Royce Family Professors in Teaching Excellence.

Prof. Rick Gaitskell presents a public lecture, A Noble Endeavor – Looking for Dark Matter at the University of South Dakota.

Prof. Brad Marston presents his research on using statistical physics to better understand global climate changes at the APS meeting in New Orleans .

In celebrating PRL's 50th anniversary, Prof. Guralnik's 1964 paper on Global Conservation Laws and Massless Particles has been cited for Milestone Letters that made long-lived contributions to physics, either by announcing significant discoveries, or by initiating new areas of research. A number of these articles report on work that was later recognized with a Nobel Prize for one or more of the authors.

In recognition of his outstanding research accomplishment in the area of Computational Physics, the Korea Institute for Advanced Study has appointed Prof. Michael Kosterlitz, Harrison E Farnsworth Professor of Physics, as a KIAS Scholar at the School of Computational Sciences for two years, beginning 2008.

Prof. Meenakshi Narain is selected as one of the 2008 Career Development Award Winners by the ADVANCE program at Brown.



Professor Chung-I Tan receives the President's Award for Excellence in Faculty Governance

Professor Gerhard Ertl of Germany is awarded the Nobel prize in Chemistry for 2007
The collaboration of Professor See-Chen Ying, Adjunct Professor Tapio Ala-Nissila and former graduate student Stefan Badescu of the Brown Department of Physics with Professor Ertl is highly referenced in the Nobel citation, Chemical Processes on Solid Surfaces.

The American Institute of Physics cite the Fermilab Tevatron experiments and the Cooper pairs in insulators experiment for the Ten Top Physics Stories for 2007 . Four members of Brown's faculty are involved in the Fermilab experiments: Professors David Cutts, Greg Landsberg, Meenakshi Narain and Rich Partridge.

Graduate student Michael Stewart and Professor James Valles discover the existence of Cooper Pairs in Insulators

Professor Meenakshi Narain - Elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society

Professor Greg Landsberg has been elected Physics Coordinator for the US CMS Collaboration

Professor Xinsheng Sean Ling is awarded a NHGRI grant for his research in Hybridization-Assisted Nanopore DNA Sequencing

Professor Humphrey Maris is awarded the 2007 Phonon prize

Professor Meenakshi Narain describes the importance of CERN’s Large Hadron Collidor on the NOVA ScienceNow magazine show on Tuesday July 10th on Channel 2 WGBH (Boston) at 8 p.m.

Professor Vesna Mitrovic has been selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

Professor Jay Tang's Research Team - Selected to Receive a Research Seed Funding Award

Physicist Jay Tang And A Team Of Scientists Discover The Strongest Natural Glue Known To Science

Professor Anastasia Volovich is awarded the 2007 NSF Career Award

Yungxing Guo has been selected as the 2007-2008 Galkin Fellow



Recent Discovery In The Fundamental Aspects Of Nature - Professor Meenakshi Narain Playing A Lead Role

Professor Gang Xiao - Elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society

Prof. Antal Jevicki to receive Philip J. Bray Award for Teaching Excellence in the Physical Sciences for 2005-06

Qi Wen has been selected as the 2005-2006 Galkin Fellow

Aristomenis Donos and Andrew Callan-Jones receive the Dissertation Fellowships for academic year 2005-2006