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Aephraim Steinberg, co-director of CIFAR’s Quantum Information Science Program, led a team that timed atoms’ mysterious quantum behaviour. Jul 22, 2020

Aephraim Steinberg, co-director of CIFAR’s Quantum Information Science Program, led a team that timed atoms’ mysterious quantum behaviour.

How long does it take to do the apparently impossible? Knowing might unlock better quantum computers and a deeper understanding of physics.
From Mars exploration to Earth conservation: alumni mentor Julius Lindsay helps physics students navigate career options Jul 15, 2020

From Mars exploration to Earth conservation: alumni mentor Julius Lindsay helps physics students navigate career options

When asked how he developed an interest in physics, Faculty of Arts & Science alumnus Julius Lindsay laughs. “I was — am— a big Star Trek and Star Wars nerd,” he says. “I’ve always been interested in math and science, but Grade 8 was a watershed year for me.”
Loudon-Hines Gold Medal and Scholarship in Physics Jun 25, 2020

Loudon-Hines Gold Medal and Scholarship in Physics

The inaugural Loudon-Hines Gold Medal and Scholarship in Physics was established in 2018 through the generosity of two anonymous donors. The 2019-2020 recipient is: Celina Pasiecznik
Why isn’t there nothing in the universe? Physicists are one step closer to an answer Jun 09, 2020

Why isn’t there nothing in the universe? Physicists are one step closer to an answer

In a paper published in the journal Nature earlier this year, a team of physicists reported the best evidence yet for an asymmetry between neutrinos and anti-neutrinos that could explain our matter-dominated universe.
Announcing the Natalia Krasnopolskaia Memorial Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Jun 08, 2020

Announcing the Natalia Krasnopolskaia Memorial Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Physics Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program has been renamed as the “Natalia Krasnopolskaia Memorial Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship” to honour Lecturer Natalia Krasnopolskaia (July 16, 1955 - January 30, 2020).
Octupolar Art May 21, 2020

Octupolar Art

Image made by graduate student Sreekar Voleti highlighted in Physical Review B.
The Science and Art of Song   May 05, 2020

The Science and Art of Song

In collaboration with Dr. Harlow’s “Physics of Music” class, the Physics Department hosted the Cornell University Chorus in March 2019 for a public concert and informal physics event called the Science and Art of Song, facilitated by Dr. Sealfon.
Do Neutrinos Crack Nature’s Mirror? Apr 15, 2020

Do Neutrinos Crack Nature’s Mirror?

Emeritus Professor John Martin, former professor Hiro Tanaka (now at Stanford) and his senior UofT PhD student Trevor Towstego are among the nearly 500 authors of a Nature paper from the T2K experiment published today, which presents results giving the strongest constraint yet on the so-called CP phase governing the breaking of symmetry between matter and antimatter in neutrino oscillations
Theory of Two-Dimensional Nonlinear Spectroscopy for the Kitaev Spin Liquid Apr 03, 2020

Theory of Two-Dimensional Nonlinear Spectroscopy for the Kitaev Spin Liquid

Mr Wonjune Choi and his Ph.D. supervisor Prof Yong Baek Kim proposed a new two-dimensional non-linear spectroscopy method for unambiguous detection of fractionalized particles in quantum spin liquids.
Magnetic Field Induced Quantum Phases in a Tensor Network Study of Kitaev Magnets Apr 03, 2020

Magnetic Field Induced Quantum Phases in a Tensor Network Study of Kitaev Magnets

In a recent published article in Nature Communication, a team of researchers from University of Tokyo and University of Toronto led by Prof Yong Baek Kim reported the discovery of a novel quantum ground state in theoretical models designed for the so-called Kitaev magnets in external magnetic field.
Professor Paramekanti and collaborators discover new octupolar magnets Feb 28, 2020

Professor Paramekanti and collaborators discover new octupolar magnets

Magnetic solids derive their properties from the magnetic dipole moment of the electrons in the crystal. However, when many electrons interact, they can lead to new types of ordering arising from higher-rank multipole moments.
A Toronto startup with roots at U of T hopes to catch the next big wave in computing Feb 27, 2020

A Toronto startup with roots at U of T hopes to catch the next big wave in computing

More than a dozen physicists at Xanadu have links with the Department of Physics. Some are former graduate students, undergraduate students, or postdoctoral fellows. Others are current graduate students involved in Xanadu’s research. And Professor John Sipe is one of the company’s technical advisors.
U of T Physics Professor Debra Wunch Elected as the Next Chair of the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON) Feb 26, 2020

U of T Physics Professor Debra Wunch Elected as the Next Chair of the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON)

TCCON is a network of ground-based Fourier Transform Spectrometers that record the spectra of the sun in the near-infrared. Data from the spectra measure the abundance of gases such as CO2, CH4, N2O, HF, CO, H2O, and HDO in the atmosphere.
Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CCUWiP) January 17-19, 2020 Feb 26, 2020

Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CCUWiP) January 17-19, 2020

The Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CCUWiP) is an annual conference that has been running since 2014. This year, it was hosted here at the University of Toronto from January 17-19, gathering participants from all over Canada. With 130 registered delegates, the conference bustled with physics undergraduates of all genders participating in the various panels, lectures, and workshops offered.
Professor Stephen Morris Builds an Outdoor Icicle Machine Jan 29, 2020

Professor Stephen Morris Builds an Outdoor Icicle Machine

Professor Morris was featured on the CBC on Jan 28, 2020 for building an outdoor icicle machine in the backyard of artist Ron Wild.
Professor Aephraim Steinberg Explains Quantum Mechanics to Macleans Magazine Jan 13, 2020

Professor Aephraim Steinberg Explains Quantum Mechanics to Macleans Magazine

Department of Physics Professor Steinberg was interviewed by Macleans magazine this month.
Visualizing Poiseuille flow of hydrodynamic electrons Dec 11, 2019

Visualizing Poiseuille flow of hydrodynamic electrons

In a theory-experiment collaboration, Professor Thomas Scaffidi and colleagues observed for the first time a completely new regime of transport in which the electrons behave like a viscous fluid, flowing down the wire. The story was also featured in a News and Views in Nature.
 2019 William T. Pecora Team Award Nov 04, 2019

2019 William T. Pecora Team Award

Professor Emeritus James R. Drummond is a member of the Terra satellite team which received the 2019 William T. Pecora Team Award in early October.
Celebrating the Cray Inc. Fellowships in Physics Oct 21, 2019

Celebrating the Cray Inc. Fellowships in Physics

On October 1st, former and current Cray Inc. Fellows gathered at the Faculty Club to celebrate more than ten years of fellowships at U of T.
Proof-of-Principle Experimental Demonstration of Twin-Field Type Quantum Key Distribution Sep 12, 2019

Proof-of-Principle Experimental Demonstration of Twin-Field Type Quantum Key Distribution

The groups of Professor Hoi-Kwong Lo (U of T Physics and ECE) and Professor Li Qian (ECE) collaborated on an experiment on Long-Haul Quantum Key Distribution. This work was featured in Physical Review Letters and was selected as the editor's suggestion!
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