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Nanosilicon resource published by Klaus Sattler

There is great reliance now on electronic devices, such as computers, laptops or cellular phones. These are built with integrated circuits with small silicon-based units on the micrometer scale, which is a millionth of a meter. When materials are reduced to the nanometer scale, which is a billionth of a meter, new properties emerge that are critical in many areas …

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Hawaiʻi students expand research and astronomy skills

Students and staff of the 2017 HI STAR program

Twenty middle and high school students from Oʻahu, Maui, Molokaʻi and Hawaiʻi Island learned core astronomy and research skills at this year’s HI STAR program. HI STAR, the Hawaiʻi  Student Teacher Astronomical Research program, is a week-long summer astronomy program held at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa for students entering grades 8–11. This was the 11th year of the program. Students gain an in-depth understanding of astronomy throughout the week of intense HI …

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Mysteries of the Universe to be answered by Belle II experiment

At the beginning of the universe there were equal quantities of matter and anti-matter and yet 13.7 billion years later, the universe is completely dominated by matter. How did this happen? Asymmetries in the interactions of fundamental matter particles and their anti-matter counterparts are likely to be responsible for the matter dominance of the universe and our own existence. However, …

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Listening for neutrinos at the bottom of the world

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is located in a lush paradise, but professor Peter Gorham’s work takes him to the frozen expanse of a faraway continent searching for the elusive neutrino, a tiny particle capable of traveling at light speed, with ANITA. “ANITA stands for the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna,” said Gorham, professor of physics and astronomy. “It flies …

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Cosmic-ray antiparticle experiment selected for NASA grant

Philip von Doetinchem, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa physics assistant professor, is part of a team working on the design of a next-generation cosmic-ray balloon antiparticle experiment called General AntiParticle Spectrometer (GAPS). This fall, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration selected the experiment for funding and awarded the project $487,259 for the next five years. The GAPS team includes researchers …

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Space station high-energy physics experiment results

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), which includes the work of University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty members and students, presented their major scientific results to date from the first five years of experiments on the International Space Station. AMS is a Department of Energy high-energy physics experiment for the spectroscopy of cosmic rays. AMS researchers at UH Mānoa include Department of …

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In Memoriam: Physicist and inventor John Madey

The University of Hawaiʻi community is saddened by news of the passing of UH Mānoa Professor John Madey. He passed away on July 5, 2016. John M.J. Madey joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UH Mānoa in 1998. Madey was best known for his invention of the free electron laser. A free electron laser device can produce very high …

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High school students increase digital literacy by building computers

Thanks to University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa physics assistant professor Philip von Doetinchem, Nānākuli high school students spent a memorable, informative week building and working with computers as part of the newly launched HIgh school students in proGramminG and Sciences (HIGGS). During the pilot run, Doetinchem mentored the students at the Nānākuli campus, where they learned how to use highly …

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Klaus Sattler publishes carbon nanomaterials sourcebook

Klaus Sattler, a professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Physics and Astronomy, has edited the first reference book to cover the field of carbon nanomaterials in a comprehensive fashion, reflecting its interdisciplinary nature that brings together physics, chemistry, materials science, molecular biology, engineering and medicine. The two-volume Carbon Nanomaterials Sourcebook contains 1324 pages and 799 illustrations in 53 chapters. …

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Assistant professor wins CAREER award for research on cosmic rays

Philip von Doetinchem, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa physics assistant professor, has won a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award for his project, “Dark Matter Identification with Cosmic-Ray Antideuterons,” which is expected to total $708,390 for five years. Doetinchem’s research program is focused on the study of cosmic rays, charged particles originating from violent events deep in outer space. …

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