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The National Research Council rankings of graduate programs has placed UH Mānoa Department of Physics and Astronomy in the top 12 of all US programs.  The department has an extensive laboratory and classroom building, Watanabe Hall.  It has about 37,000 square feet of research and teaching laboratories, shops, classrooms with special demonstration facilities, and student study rooms.  The Institute for Astronomy building, located above the Mānoa campus, is a greatly expanded facility for research in astronomy and astrophysics.

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David C. Eder

Dr. David Eder received National Science Foundation (NSF) RAPID grant.

Affiliate graduate faculty Dr. David Eder and team received National Science Foundation RAPID award. The grant is for Maui College students to outreaching to the community and Maui organizations/government to collect information about wind conditions and fire propagation during the Lahaina fire in August, to tune and assess our high performance computing (HPC) wind/fire models. We can then use these models to explore how a rebuilt Lahaina would better survive the exact same very rare but extremely strong wind storm if a similar fire was launched again. This can aid in determining water resources needed, etc.

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Fermi Lab

$7.2M Boosts Fundamental Physics Research at UHM

A four-year, $7,278,000 funding award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will help support ongoing high energy physics research at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The renewed funding will support six UH Mānoa faculty members, nine postdoctoral fellows, eight graduate research assistants and five undergraduate students doing research on various high energy physics topics. The principal investigator for the project is UH Mānoa Department of Physics and Astronomy Professor Thomas Browder.

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Professor Samuel Ting

Public lecture: The AMS Experiment on the International Space Station by Prof. Samuel Ting

This is a public talk, given on November 9, 2023 by Nobel Laureate Professor Samuel Ting at UH Manoa Campus Center. In his lecture professor Ting discuss unexpected results, based on 11.5 years of AMS data. From this lecture you learn about construction and maintenance challenges of the most sophisticated cosmic ray particle detector ever launched in space. Finally, professor Ting introduce our plans of detector upgrade which will allow to increase detector acceptance and measure fluxes of rare nuclei and positrons up to TeV energies.

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