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2016 FYSRE recipient interview: Linh Phan

TRIUMF caught up with Linh Phan, recipient of the 2016 Erich Vogt First Year Science Research Experience, to learn about her 2016 summer project: “Mass spectrometry analysis for the electron beam ion trap at the TITAN experiment at TRIUMF” with Dr. Jens Dilling at TRIUMF. She works specifically with the EBIT trap (electron beam ion trap) at TRIUMF, which...
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2016 FYSRE recipient interview: Esther Lin

We caught up with Esther Lin, recipient of the 2016 Erich Vogt First Year Science Research Experience, to learn about her 2016 summer project. Esther is now a student in our Engineering Physics program. Can you give us some background on what you did? Multiple Sclerosis is a demyelinating disease that poses significant damage to our nervous system. Dr....
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Fluctuating space-time explains accelerating expansion of the Universe

(From UBC news) UBC physicists may have solved one of nature’s great puzzles: what causes the accelerating expansion of our universe? PhD student Qingdi Wang has tackled this question in a new study that tries to resolve a major incompatibility issue between two of the most successful theories that explain how our universe works: quantum mechanics and...
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When a film maker meets an astrophysicist: "Grand Unified Theory"

Question: What do you get when a film writer/director/producer meets an astrophysicist/movie buff?Answer: Grand Unified Theory. Not a hypothesis, but a film, where the quantum state entanglements of subatomic particles share the screen with agitated state entanglements of family, friends and lovers.The writer/director/producer is David Ray, an Adjunct...
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PHAS grad student placed 3rd in UBC 3MT competition

Congratulations to PHAS graduate student Ellen Schelew (supervisor Jeff Young) for placing third in the UBC 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. Ellen was among the 8 graduate students participating in the UBC final. Her talk, "Secure Communication with Quantum Information," also received People's Choice Award during the PHAS heat of the 3MT.  3MT is a...
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CFI funds astronomy, quantum science research

UBC Physics & Astronomy researchers Joshua Folk, Kirk Madison, and Ingrid Stairs received in total a million dollars in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R Evans Leaders Fund. They are among the 27 researchers at UBC funded through this funding opportunity.  The recipients were announced last week by Kirsty Duncan, Minister of...
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Unruh received Humboldt Research Award

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Unruh for receiving the Humboldt Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation in Germany.  "The award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue...
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Scott received UBC Killam Research Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Scott, who received the 2017 UBC Killam Research Prize. The prize recognizes outstanding research and scholarly contributions. Each year, up to ten prizes of $5,000 each are awarded. Douglas' research area is Cosmology, looking at how structure in the Universe formed, and investigating the parameters which describe the entire...
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Hickson/MCAT Build Team Received NASA Group Award

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Hickson, who received the Group Achievement Award certificate from NASA on behalf of the Meter Class Autonomous (MCAT) Build Team.  "This prestigious NASA certificate is awarded to any combination of Government and/or non-Government individuals for an outstanding group accomplishment that has contributed substantially to NASA's...
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Behind ALPHA - UBC PHAS ALPHA members' contributions

Since ALPHA – the Antihydrogen Laser Physics Apparatus Collaboration – first trapped and stored antihydrogen atoms in 2010, the international team has been making strides in advancing our understanding of antimatter. Just last month, results from their spectroscopic measurements were published in Nature. This brings us closer to learning why - if matter and...
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