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Superconductivity in Hofstadter Materials

Topology and the Renormalization Group (RG) are powerful concepts guiding our understanding of modern materials. Topology classifies emerging properties robust to local perturbations seen in a host of latest quantum materials. RG monitors changes in physical behavior according to the scale of observation, providing a framework to characterize universal behavior near phase transitions. Bringing these…

How gene transcription navigates roadblocks

RNA polymerase is an enzyme that catalyzes gene transcription, the first step in the process of turning a DNA sequence into proteins, the components of cellular machinery and structure. The journal, FEBS Letters, featured research led by Professor of Physics, Laura Finzi, showing how RNA polymerase navigates “roadblocks” along template DNA, that are composed of…

Bigger, better bubbles: Physicist seeks ultimate formula for fun

When he’s not conducting high-level research on fluid dynamics and granular materials, physics professor Justin Burton is on an ever-expanding quest: testing formulas and techniques to make the ultimate giant soap bubbles. Emory News recently interviewed Prof. Burton and his family on his quest to make the biggest bubble. Read more: https://news.emory.edu/features/2022/08/esc_quest-for-bigger-better-bubbles_01-08-2022/index.html

Physics Department Announces New Quantum Information Degree Option

The Emory Department of Physics is pleased to announce the creation of a new concentration in Quantum Information! This concentration is an optional path that our Physics Bachelor of Science degree students can choose to follow. It includes electives and advanced lab experiments tailored towards the rapidly growing field of quantum information and quantum computing.…

Physics for All at the Atlanta Science Festival Expo

The Society for Physics Students (SPS) spearheaded “Physics For All” at the 2022 Atlanta Science Festival Expo! They were joined by Prof. Justin Burton and Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Susan Cook. Piedmont Park was packed with STEM-interested students and members of the general public. The theme was “levitation”, from Bernoulli levitation of a beach ball, to…

Prof. Daniel Sussman is awarded an NSF CAREER grant

What makes a material a solid? Crystalline materials have their atoms and molecules organized into neatly repeating patterns — breaking up these repeating patterns costs energy, and the result is a material that resists deformation, that is, one that is solid. Glassy materials — which can be made from silica as in ordinary window glass…

Daniel Weissman earns NSF CAREER award to study pathogen evolution

Assistant professor Daniel Weissman has received an NSF CAREER grant to study how pathogens evolve. Dr. Weissman’s group will use dynamical data from the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic to infer how viral mutations interact and will use sequencing data from the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus to determine how gene exchange among different strains of bacteria drives their adaptation.…

Density fluctuations in granular piles traversing the glass transition…

Density fluctuations in granular piles traversing the glass transition: A grain-scale characterization via the internal energy Stefan Boettcher, in collaboration with Paula Gago from Imperial College of London, used simulations of a cylindrical granular pile with 60000 spheres to achieve a grain-level understanding of the compaction dynamics. Its static configurations are rearranged via brief “taps”…

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