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James Sowell, director of the Georgia Tech Observatory. Photo: Rob Felt

This year brings another February 29. Why do leap years occur? Jim Sowell is a principal academic professional in the School of Physics and the director of the Georgia Tech Observatory. He says the leap year’s creation goes back to Julius Caesar.

Georgia Tech Energy Materials Day 2024

Energy materials facilitate the conversion or transmission of energy. They also play an essential role in how we store energy, reduce power consumption, and develop cleaner, efficient energy solutions.

Chunhui (Rita) Du and Alex Blumenthal

Mathematician Alex Blumenthal and Physicist Chunhui (Rita) Du are among 126 early-career researchers who have been awarded prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships for 2024. This year’s appointees also include Georgia Tech faculty Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena of the College of Engineering, and Daniel Genkin of the College of Computing. 

A human eye - Image from Unsplash

Georgia Tech chemists are exploring the behavior of a complex protein associated with glaucoma — characterizing one of the largest amyloid-forming proteins to date. The study could lead to more treatment and prevention pathways for glaucoma, and other diseases associated with large, aggregating proteins.

Events

Mar 09

The 2024 Atlanta Science Festival

Returning March 9–23, 2024, the Atlanta Science Festival is an annual public celebration of local science and technology.

Mar 09

2024 Science and Engineering Day at Georgia Tech | Atlanta Science Festival Kickoff

Campus and the Atlanta community are invited to the official kickoff event for the 2024 Atlanta Science Festival!

Mar 11

School of Physics Colloquium

School of Physics Colloquium

Mar 12

College of Sciences Student and Alumni Leadership Dinner

Join us for a memorable evening of growth and camaraderie as College of Sciences students connect with esteemed alumni.

Mar 13

School of Physics Seminar - Professor Ariel Sommer

Quantum gases of fermionic atoms provide a simple model of strongly correlated fermions, such as electrons in superconductors and neutrons in neutron stars.

Mar 13

Non-equilibrium interfaces for ultracold Fermi gases

Quantum gases of fermionic atoms provide a simple model of strongly correlated fermions, such as electrons in superconductors and neutrons in neutron stars.

Mar 14

GT Observatory Public Night: March 2024

A monthly occurrence of the GT Observatory's Public Night open to all who are interested in viewing celestial objects through our many telescopes here on campus.

Experts in the News

Brandon Pries is a graduate student in the School of Physics who researches computational astrophysics with Professor John Wise, using machine learning to study the formation and evolution of supermassive black holes in the early universe. Pries has also done extensive research with the NSF IceCube Collaboration. Pries recently shared a deep dive on neutrinos with astrobites, a daily literature journal (an "astro-ph reader's digest") supported by the AAS.

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This story about three alumni from Ohio Northern University's School of Science, Technology, and Mathematics who are making a mark in the world of physics and mathematics include Matthew Golden, who is now a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Physics. Golden's research in the Extreme Astrophysics lab focuses on the interface of machine learning and physics.

Ohio Northern University 2024-01-22T00:00:00-05:00

Silicon has long reigned as the material of choice for the microchips that power everything in the digital age, from AI to military drones. Silicon chips have been bumping against the limits of miniaturization for years, dividing chip makers on whether Moore’s law, the longstanding assumption that transistors will steadily get smaller and computers more powerful, is already dead. But the global semiconductor industry is still under just as much pressure to produce ever more powerful chips, and keep up the pace of technological progress. This month, researchers at Georgia Tech, led by Walter de Heer, Regents' Professor in the School of Physics, created the world’s first functional graphene-based semiconductor, marking what de Heer dubbed a “Wright brothers moment” for the next-generation materials that could make up the electronic devices of the future.  (This research was also covered at Physics WorldTech Briefs, TechSpot, Freethink, McGill Daily, and Fudzilla.)

Politico 2024-01-16T00:00:00-05:00