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Physics explains the natural world in the most universal manner possible. Physicists look for the hidden symmetries that underlie and govern the multitude of phenomena in the world around us. Our department has active research programs in areas ranging from theoretical astrophysics and observational astronomy to complex systems, condensed matter physics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, and high-energy physics.

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Prof. Motter Named 2015 Simons Fellow

March 10, 2015 - The Simons Foundation has named Prof. Adilson Motter one of their 2015 fellows in theoretical physics.

You can find the full list of fellows here.


New Test of the Leggett-Garg Inequality

February 6, 2015 - A thirty year old paper by Anthony Leggett (of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Prof. Anupam Garg continues to challenge experimentalists to find ever more macroscopic manifestations of quantum mechanics. The latest test of the so-called Leggett-Garg inequality shows that Cesium atoms can exist in states with indefinite properties, which while not as drastic as Schrodinger's imagined dead-and-alive cat, are still remarkable.

Read more here.

Prof. Sauls Gives Invited Talk at APS March Meeting

March 16, 2015 - Prof. Jim Sauls gave an invited talk at the recent APS march meeting, as part of the Symposium on Novel Phenomena in Helium in Reduced Dimensions and Confinement. Find more information about his talk, "Signatures of Majorana and Weyl Fermions in confined phases of superfluid 3He," here, and the presentation here.


Profs. Motter and Lithwick Featured in the NU Office of Research Report

February 20, 2015 - Work by Prof. Adilson Motter and Prof. Yoram Lithwick was featured in the 2014 Annual Report from the Northwestern Office of Research.

Read more here [PDF]. You can find Prof. Lithwick on page 42 and Prof. Motter on page 44.




March 16, 2015