Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Berkeley Quake-detection app captured nearly 400 temblors worldwide

December 14, 2016

 Berkeley’s worldwide network of smartphone earthquake detectors has recorded nearly 400 earthquakes since the MyShake app was made available for download in February, with one of the most active areas of the world the fracking fields of Oklahoma.

Dean Frances Hellman featured in For the Good of Science: Why we need more women in physics and astronomy

December 15, 2016

Frances Hellman, and other prominent scientists, discuss academic and career pathways for women in science and what can be done to increase diversity in physics and astronomy.

Geophysicists uncover more about the last period of global warming

December 5, 2016

Following Earth’s last ice age, which peaked 20,000 years ago, the Antarctic warmed between two and three times the average temperature increase worldwide, according to a new study by a team of American geophysicists.

Physicist Surjeet Rajendran shares $100,000 New Horizons Prize

December 5, 2016

A young assistant professor of physics, Surjeet Rajendran, was named one of six winners of the 2017 New Horizons In Physics Prize during a Sunday night gala announcing the annual winners of the Breakthrough Prize.

EPS Professor Roland Bürgmann featured in New York Times article

November 30, 2016

EPS Professor Roland Bürgmann featured in New York Times article about views of San Francisco from space.

Simulation demonstrates the link between turbulence in a collapsing star, hypernovae and gamma-ray bursts

November 30, 2015
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.

Three faculty members, including Berkeley physicist, elected fellows of AAAS

November 22, 2016

A physicist, a biologist and an environmental lawyer are UC Berkeley’s newest fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, joining more than 220 others on campus who have been honored for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Berkeley SETI turns Australian telescope on nearest exoplanet to Earth

November 15, 2016

Breakthrough Listen, the UC Berkeley-led 10-year, $100 million search for intelligent life beyond Earth, inaugurated its observations with the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia by homing in on our nearest extrasolar planet, Proxima b, the main destination for a sister project called Breakthrough Starshot.

Berkeley physicists pioneer major advance in solar cells made from cheap, easy-to-use perovskite

November 8, 2016

Solar cells made from an inexpensive and increasingly popular material called perovskite can more efficiently turn sunlight into electricity using a new technique to sandwich two types of perovskite into a single photovoltaic cell.

Berkeley Astronomers use long-term, hi-res tracking of eruptions on Jupiter’s moon Io

October 26, 2016

Jupiter’s moon Io continues to be the most volcanically active body in the solar system, as documented by the longest series of frequent, high-resolution observations of the moon’s thermal emission ever obtained.

Using near-infrared adaptive optics on two of the world’s largest telescopes — the 10-meter Keck II and the 8-meter Gemini North, both located near the summit of the dormant volcano Maunakea in Hawaii — UC Berkeley astronomers tracked 48 volcanic hot spots on the surface over a period of 29 months from August 2013 through the end of 2015.