The world’s most sensitive experimental search for dark matter has gotten 20 times more sensitive thanks to new techniques pioneered by the Department of Physics.
December 14, 2015
Berkeley Lab Scientists Participate in Mile-deep Dark Matter Experiment in Former South Dakota Gold Mine
The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment has already proven itself to be the most sensitive detector in the hunt for dark matter. Now with a new set of calibration techniques coupled with advanced computer simulations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and Brown University’s Center for Computation and Visualization (CCV) the detector’s sensitivity has dramatically improved again.
November 30, 2015
Simulation demonstrates the link between turbulence in a collapsing star, hypernovae and gamma-ray bursts
The UC Berkeley Astronomy department is using a supercomputer simulation (of a mere 10 milliseconds in the collapse of a massive star into a neutron star) to prove that these catastrophic events, often called hypernovae, can generate the enormous magnetic fields needed to explode the star and fire off bursts of gamma rays visible halfway across the universe.
November 23, 2015
According to two members of the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, Mars’ largest moon, Phobos, is slowly falling toward the planet. But rather than smash into the surface, it likely will be shredded and the pieces strewn about the planet in a ring like the rings encircling Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.
November 19, 2015
During the Big Give, L&S alumni and friends showed us they think bigger by donating over $380,000 to the College! Thank you for your support, and for helping L&S reach further.
November 6, 2015
New York Times
Congratulations to our Berkeley faculty who received the famed Breakthrough Prize: Ian Agol, Breakthrough Prize Winners Kam-Biu Luk and Ian AgolMathematics and The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment team co-led by Kam-Biu Luk, Physics. Founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Yuri and Julia Milner, the Breakthrough Prize honors important achievements in the categories of Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics.
October 8, 2015
A course on critical thinking at UC Berkeley, co-taught for the past three years by a public policy expert and a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, has generated a new proposal to remove sources of bias in research and improve confidence in published studies.
October 7, 2015
A new dual-degree program will be offered in fall 2016 by the College of Letters & Science. But this program has a twist. Freshmen applying to Berkeley will also have the opportunity to study at France’s leading university in the social sciences, Sciences Po.