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.
In Memoriam of Dr. John Flanagan (1964 – 2020)
Dr. John Flanagan, 1964 – 2020, accelerator physicist who made important contributions to beam instrumentation for the KEKB and SuperKEKB projects in Japan, passed away on March 13.
Japan will build the world’s largest neutrino detector
Hyper-Kamiokande the huge $600M successor to the 2015 Nobel Prize winning Super-Kamiokande project in Japan, and in which UH physicists are involved, has been approved and construction will start within months.
Affiliate Physics Faculty Prof. Susanne Still’s Physical Review Letter in press on “Thermodynamic Cost and Benefit of Memory”
Affiliate Physics Faculty member Prof. Susanne Still has an important new Physical Review Letter in press about “Thermodynamic Cost and Benefit of Memory”. She has also received 2 new funded grants (with colleagues), one of them includes experimentally testing the predictions in the PRL.
Physics graduate student Cory Gerrity receives prestigious NASA fellowship
Cory Gerrity joined the Physics and Astronomy graduate program in 2016 after receiving his Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. He now received the very competitive NASA FINESST fellowship (Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology).
Belle II experiment seeks new phenomena through Japan particle collider
The Belle II experiment at the SuperKEKB particle accelerator in Japan, has passed a significant milestone. The UH Mānoa team is led by physics professors Tom Browder, Kurtis Nishimura, Sven Vahsen and Gary Varner, along with UH Mānoa postdoctoral researchers and graduate students.
UH Mānoa researchers advance nuclear nonproliferation and education
As members of two new university consortia, scientists from the UH Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and the College of Natural Sciences, have been awarded $3.2 million from the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) during the five-year projects.