Physics

Math, physics undergrad overcomes brain surgery to pursue dreams of engineering space travel

Assistant professors Rachel Yohay and Ted Kolberg are partners in research and life

The John D. Fox Superconducting Linear Accelerator Laboratory at Florida State University knows a little something about long-term success. For 60 years, it has been an incubator for cutting-edge experimentation in fundamental and applied physics and launched the careers of innovative faculty researchers and bright new students. The lab brought in over $15 million in external grant funding in the last decade alone, an affirmation of its quality research and student outcomes.

The Florida State University Department of Physics will host the 2020 Dirac Lectures virtually from Monday, Oct. 19, through Friday, Oct. 23, including a special public lecture by Rainer Weiss, a 2017 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on gravitational waves. The FSU Department of Physics organizes the Dirac Lectures to celebrate the memory of Paul Dirac, a late FSU Physics faculty member, namesake of the university’s Dirac Science Library and recipient of the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physics.

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three individuals for their seminal work on black holes. Florida State University Professors of Physics Bill Green and Peter Hoeflich shared their explanation of the prize.

A Florida State University faculty member has been named a 2020 Fellow of the American Physical Society. Ingo Wiedenhöver, a professor at FSU’s Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, was selected for the distinction in recognition of his contributions to the field of physics.

Nine Florida State University faculty members have been selected as U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program award recipients, setting a new FSU record for most Fulbright Scholars in one year. These individuals plan to teach and conduct research as part of opportunities funded by the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program during the 2020-2021 school year.

One-hundred million light years away from Earth, an unusual supernova is exploding. That exploding star — which is known as “supernova LSQ14fmg” — was the faraway object discovered by a 37-member international research team led by Florida State University Assistant Professor of Physics Eric Hsiao. Their research, which was published in The Astrophysical Journal, helped uncover the origins of the group of supernovae this star belongs to.

Six physicists at Florida State University have received a $5.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their cutting-edge research in nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics. The grant supports operations of the John D. Fox Accelerator Laboratory at FSU and the research of professors Ingo Wiedenhoever, Samuel Tabor and Paul Cottle; assistant professors Sergio Almaraz-Calderon, Vandana Tripathi and Mark Spieker; and their respective graduate students.

Florida State University physicists believe they have an answer to unusual incidents of rare decay of a subatomic particle called a Kaon that were reported last year by scientists in the KOTO experiment at the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex.