DarkSide-50 Collaboration Sets Stage for Next Experiment

February 22, 2018
The DarkSide-50 experiment at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy has completed its experimental run. Four UC Davis physicists – Associate Professor Emilija Pantic, postdoctoral researchers Tessa Johnson and Luca Pagani, and graduate student Ben Schlitzer – are members of the DarkSide-50 research collaboration.

Doing Without Dark Energy

December 13, 2017
Mathematicians Blake Temple and Zeke Vogler at the University of California, Davis, and Joel Smoller at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, worked out solutions to General Relativity without invoking dark energy. They argue that the equations show that the Friedmann space-time is actually unstable: Any perturbation — for example if the density of matter is a bit lower than average — pushes it over into an accelerating universe.

Rising Star: The Center for Quantum Mathematics and Physics

November 13, 2017
Recognizing the value of interdisciplinary research, the College of Letters and Science has long embraced collaborative efforts across disciplines. Now, with the Center for Quantum Mathematics and Physics (QMAP), the college is creating an extraordinary environment where mathematicians and physicists will work side-by-side to explore quantum field theory, string theory, and quantum gravity.

New Technique Makes Light Metallic Nanofoam

November 02, 2017
A simple method for manufacturing extremely low-density palladium nanofoams could help advance hydrogen storage technologies, reports a new study from researchers in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science.

UC Davis Helps Spot Colliding Neutron Stars, An Astronomical Breakthrough

October 16, 2017
For the first time, astronomers have observed a celestial event through both conventional telescopes and gravitational waves. Assistant Professor Stefano Valenti helped detect the collision of two neutron stars and confirm these cataclysmic events are the source of gold, platinum and other heavy elements.

Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment Breaks Ground

July 21, 2017
A special groundbreaking was held July 21 deep underground in South Dakota. Scientists, engineers and guests turned the first shovelfuls of the 800,000 tons of rock that will be excavated to build the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) at the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

Conference Puts Quantum Mathematics and Physics Center on the Map

January 30, 2017
Researchers from around the world recently converged at UC Davis for a five-day conference exploring emerging science in quantum field theory, string theory and quantum gravity. Organized by the Center for Quantum Mathematics and Physics (QMAP) at UC Davis, the conference brought together speakers from across the international physics and math community for talks and informal discussion about recent developments in physics.

Wendell Potter: In Memoriam

January 19, 2017
Wendell H. Potter, a physics professor whose passion for teaching led to major reforms in undergraduate science education, died Jan. 8. He was 73.

Thought Leaders - Fall 2016

December 02, 2016
In the College of Letters and Science magazine released in December 2016, we featured faculty and graduate students who provided expertise and insight into the big public issues of the day, from the parenting transgender kids, the political divide and immigration to climate change and poverty.