In April 2009, two Physics/Astronomy juniors, Nathan Sanders and Jessica Muir, were named Goldwater Scholars for 2009-10.
The long wait is over! Collisions were observed in the ATLAS detector at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on Monday, November 23. A picture of the first collision is shown above. This event, along with almost all of the events taken by ATLAS so far, was triggered by the MBTS (Minimum Bias Trigger Scintillators), constructed at MSU and installed at CERN (the signals from the MBTS counters can be observed as the yellow quadrangles in the top left).
The MSU Foundation, through the Strategic Partnership Fund initiative, has funded a group of scientists based in Physics (Chong-Yu Ruan, Martin Berz, and Phil Duxbury), NSCL (Marc Doleans), Chemistry (Marcos Dantus), and Material Sciences (Martin Crimp) for a joint effort to push the current limit of material imaging capabilities to the most fundamental level.
MSU physicists and their colleagues from around the world have confirmed the existence of a fundamental building block of nature. The recent discovery of a single top quark at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) near Chicago fills in another piece of the puzzle of how the most fundamental components of matter and energy relate to one another.
On 11 December 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science named Michigan State University as the site for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a proposed new $550 million facility for conducting cutting-edge research in nuclear physics and astrophysics, with potential applications in medicine and materials science to go along with its contributions toward advancing pure scientific knowledge.
At SCAN in 2008, Kyoko Makino & Martin Berz receive the3rd R. E. Moore Prize for Applications of Interval Analysis.
IUPAP Commision awarded Georg Bollen the SUNAMCO Medal in 2008.
Carbon does not stop amazing the scientific community – again and again. Until the 1980s, elemental carbon was believed to crystallize either as diamond, an ultra-hard and transparent solid, or graphite, a grayish layered substance used in pencils and lubricants. This perception changed completely with the discovery of the C60“buckyball” and other fullerenes, deemed significant enough to warrant the 1996 Chemistry Nobel prize.
In 2008, MSU Physicist Named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.
In 2008, Martin Berz recieved an honorary doctorate from St. Petersburg University in Russia.