Physics & Astronomy

HRL Laboratories and UCLA Researcher Awarded Grant to Advance Quantum Computing

Collaboration aims to scale-up silicon-based quantum processors

Professor David Saltzberg Wins American Physical Society’s Instrumentation Award

Saltzberg was honored for his work on detection of high energy neutrinos using radio waves.

Professor Alvine Kamaha Wins the Prestigious Edward A. Bouchet Award

Kamaha was honored for her research work improving the sensitivity of dark matter detectors and her dedication to minority education in science.

David Leibrandt Wins Moore Foundation Award to Push the Boundaries of Particle Physics

The work supports UCLA’s ongoing leadership in Quantum Science and Technology

First-Gen to Physicist: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe

THIS ARTICLE IS ALSO AVAILABLE IN SPANISH TRAPPIST-1 is a planetary system that includes at least seven planets orbiting a dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth. This system has been studied by scientists all over the world – including me, an undergraduate first-generation college student from Bell Gardens, Los Angeles who this week graduates with…

A mysterious object is being dragged into the supermassive black hole at the Milky Way’s center

For two decades, scientists have observed an elongated object named X7 near the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way and wondered what it was. Was it pulled off a larger structure nearby? Was its unusual form the result of stellar winds or was it shaped by jets of particles from the…

UCLA physicists overcome challenges to make new materials with optimized properties

Ni Ni, a UCLA associate professor of physics, and her research team reported the discovery of the first intrinsic ferromagnetic topological insulator. They also reported in Nature Communications their discovery of an intrinsic magnetic topological insulator early this year. “We are quite excited about these two sequential discoveries, which provide new material systems to explore new…

Physics professor wins Newton Award for Transformative Ideas

Seth Puttterman, physics & astronomy professor, has been selected to receive a $50,000 Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during the COVID-19 Pandemic from the U.S. Department of Defense. The award, named in honor of Isaac Newton’s achievements, sought “transformative ideas” to resolve challenges, advance frontiers, and set new paradigms in research of immense potential benefit…