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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.
Feb. 28, 2020
by UT Physics
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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.
Feb. 27, 2020
by UT Physics
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Entrepreneurship
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.
Feb. 26, 2020
by UT Physics
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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.
Feb. 26, 2020
by UT Physics
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Our Faculty
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.
Jan. 29, 2020
by UT Physics
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Our Faculty
Professor Aephraim Steinberg Explains Quantum Mechanics to Macleans Magazine
Department of Physics Professor Steinberg was interviewed by Macleans magazine this month.
Jan. 13, 2020
by UT Physics
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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.
Dec. 11, 2019
by UT Physics
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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.
Nov. 4, 2019
by UT Physics
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Awards and Honours, Our Faculty
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.
Oct. 21, 2019
by UT Physics
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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!
Sept. 12, 2019
by UT Physics
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Kimberly Strong named of the Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
U of T Physics Professor and Chair of the Department Kimberly Strong among 11 University of Toronto researchers named fellows of the prestigious Royal Society of Canada – considered a major achievement for scholars in this country.
Sept. 11, 2019
by UT Physics
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Awards and Honours, Our Faculty
Unveiling hidden multipolar orders with magnetostriction
Professor YB Kim's group theoretically propose that magnetostriction provides a powerful and novel tool to directly detect higher-order multipolar symmetry breaking. The paper was published today in Nature Communications.
Sept. 9, 2019
by UT Physics
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Unraveling the Proton Puzzle - Professor Vutha's work featured in Science Magazine
Sept. 6, 2019
by UT Physics
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Our Faculty, Research
Stratospheric Optical Rubidium Clock Experiment
Grad students Shira Jackson and Kristen Cote successfully launched and remotely operated an atomic clock on a high altitude balloon, over the Labour Day Weekend. This atomic clock used an optical transition in rubidium atoms.
Sept. 6, 2019
by UT Physics
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Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland visits Professor Kimberly Strong's Lab
During a visit to U of T to announce the NSERC awards to support research at U of T, Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland stopped by Professor Kimberly Strong's Lab.
Sept. 3, 2019
by UT Physics
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Our Faculty, Research
Stratospheric Ballon Launch by Professor Kaley Walker's Group featured in the Timmins Daily Press
Scientists from Canada and France are hoping to launch this year’s first stratospheric balloon as early as Sunday from the Timmins stratospheric balloon base. The gondola named the Canadian Atmospheric Laser Absorption Spectrometer Experiment Testbed (CALASET) from the University of Toronto will be launching first.
Aug. 22, 2019
by UT Physics
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Turning water into ice in the quantum realm
When you pop a tray of water into the freezer, you get ice cubes. Now, researchers from the University of Toronto and the University of Colorado Boulder have achieved a similar transition using clouds of ultracold atoms.
Aug. 16, 2019
by UT Physics
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Improv-PHYS-ation: Cultivating Physics Learning Communities
U of T Physics Professor Carolyn Sealfon and colleague build classroom communities where students flourish.
July 8, 2019
by UT Physics
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Rashmi C. Desai Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who
Dr. Desai has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in physics and higher education
July 8, 2019
by UT Physics
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Awards and Honours
University College London collaborates with the Department of Physics to understand transport machinery in cells
University College London and Toronto researchers are collaborating to inform better therapies for illnesses such as motor neurone disease and cancer and to identify anti-viral therapies
July 3, 2019
by UT Physics
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Professors Kimberly Strong and Paul Kushner interviewed in the Globe and Mail
Canada lacks an adequate funding model for climate science.
July 3, 2019
by UT Physics
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PhD student Jacob Gordon has Developed a Microscopic Model for Non-Abelian Anyons in Solid-State Materials
Elementary excitations in highly entangled states such as quantum spin liquids may exhibit exotic statistics, different from those obeyed by fundamental bosons and fermions.
June 10, 2019
by UT Physics
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Our Students, Research
Graduate Student Tyler Wizenberg featured in Otago Daily Times
Department of Physics graduate student Tyler Wizenberg was one of 53 representatives attending the 2019 Joint NDACC-IRWG and TCCON meeting.
June 10, 2019
by UT Physics
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Aephraim Steinberg among U of T researchers leading CIFAR interdisciplinary research programs
U of T News featured an article on April 29/2019 that includes our Aephraim Steinberg for his work on Quantum Information Science.
May 1, 2019
by UT Physics
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PhD student Erik Lutsch tracks wildfire impact at the top of the world
The work of Erik Lutsch and his colleagues was featured on the Canadian Geographic website.
March 25, 2019
by UT Physics
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Our Students, Research