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New study identifies the promise and challenges facing large-scale deployment of solar photovoltaics.
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Exoplanet hunter Sara Seager explains how biosignature gases could help identify life on exoplanets, and The Takeaway’s John Hockenberry takes Ira on a futuristic tour of exoplanet vacation destinations.
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Particle physicist Sam Ting is applying a meticulous approach to analyzing positrons in space, testing whether they can reveal clues about dark matter.
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MIT graduate students and alumni (left to right) Hans Rinderknecht (physics), Dan Casey PhD '12 (nuclear science and engineering), Alex Zylstra (physics), and Mike Rosenberg PhD '14 (physics) stand with a neutron spectrometer. Rinderknecht and Zylstra have just been awarded Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellowships.

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Award acknowledges important contributions to inertial confinement research.
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Physicist will head group aiming to build U.S. philanthropic support for basic science research.
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New approach could enable low-cost silicon devices in fibers that could be made into fabrics.
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“You can make the argument that a single photon cannot possibly change the state of 3,000 atoms, but this one photon does — it builds up correlations that you didn’t have before,” says Vladan Vuletic, the Lester Wolfe Professor in MIT’s Department of Physics, and the paper’s senior author. “We have basically opened up a new class of entangled states we can make, but there are many more new classes to be explored.” #VladanVuletic #photonics   #physics  
Result could make atomic clocks more accurate.
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If physical law was correctly understood we would not be amazed at the occurane. The stars spear to me to do the same at a more massive level.
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Prof. John Belcher wins 2015 MIT Excellence Award/
The MIT Excellence Awards and Collier Medal Ceremony takes place on March 11 at 3 p.m.
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This Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy NGC 1275 reveals the fine, thread-like filamentary structures in the gas surrounding the galaxy. The red filaments are composed of cool gas being suspended by a magnetic field, and are surrounded by the 100-million-degree Fahrenheit gas in the center of the Perseus galaxy cluster. The filaments are dramatic markers of the feedback process through which energy is transferred from the central massive black hole to the surrounding gas.

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Study explains why galaxies don’t churn out as many stars as they should.
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"Instead of starting with a high-efficiency technology and then trying to make it cheaper, which is what we're doing now with silicon, our plan is to start with something that we know we could make cheaply and see if we could make it more efficient," Brown explains.
Tuning energy levels through surface chemistry shows promise for higher efficiency quantum dot solar cells, MIT graduate student Patrick R. Brown's work shows.
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Guth's "cosmic inflation" is accepted as the most plausible explanation for the evolution of the universe.
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The energy secretary wants the labs to play a greater role in the agency’s strategic planning; defends administration’s “all of the above” approach to energy policy.
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Introduction

The MIT Physics Department is one of the best places in the world for research and education in physics.  We have been ranked the number one physics department since 2002 by US News & World Report.  In recent years we have produced the largest numbers of undergraduate and doctoral degrees in physics of any university in the US.  Our successes are widely admired and emulated.

The Department has about 75 faculty, 280 undergraduate majors, and 245 graduate students.  Our research is organized into four primary research areas, pushing  back the frontiers of human understanding of space and time and of matter and energy in all its forms, from the subatomic to the cosmological and from the elementary to the complex. We have had four Nobel Prize winners since 1990. Four of our alumni have won Nobel Prizes since 1998, which reflects the outstanding quality of students we attract and the superb education they receive.

The Department has been the source of innovation in physics education for decades.  Seven members of our Department have won the Oersted Medal, the most prestigious award of the American Association of Physics Teachers.  Our most recent educational initiatives are the Technology Enabled Active Learningapproach to freshman physics, and an alternative flexible SB degree that has helped to more than double the number of physics majors since a decade ago.

Welcome to MIT physics,

Edmund Bertschinger
Professor of Physics and
Former Department Head of Physics