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April 25 Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Talk on Quantum Computers

UC Berkeley’s Norm Tubman will speak on “Quantum Supremacy of Many Body Quantum Simulations: What Is the State of the Art Classically, and What Can Be Done on Near Term Quantum Computers?” on April 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Flyer>

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Start of Most Sensitive Search Yet for Dark Matter Axion

Thanks to low-noise superconducting quantum amplifiers — developed by the Lab’s John Clarke — physicists are embarking on the most sensitive search yet for axions, one of the top dark matter candidates. The Axion Dark Matter Experiment is the world’s first and only experiment to have achieved the necessary sensitivity to “hear” the telltale signs of dark matter axions. More>

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Distortions in Universe’s Oldest Light Reveal Clearer Picture of Cosmic Web

Scientists have decoded faint distortions in the patterns of the universe’s earliest light to map huge tube-like structures invisible to our eyes — known as filaments — that serve as superhighways for delivering matter to dense hubs such as galaxy clusters. More>

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The Lab’s Particle Physics Book Continues to Thrive

Want to know the latest research on the Higgs boson? Or the current findings on the search for dark energy? You could search the internet, or even the latest scientific literature. Or you could find all your answers in one spot: The Review of Particle Physics, the most cited publication in particle physics and produced by the Lab’s Particle Data Group. More>

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Physicists Discover New Quantum Electronic Material

Physicists from MIT, Harvard University, and Berkeley Lab have for the first time produced a kagome metal — an electrically conducting crystal, made from layers of iron and tin atoms, with each atomic layer arranged in the repeating pattern of a kagome lattice. This kagome pattern — named for a Japanese basket weave — exhibits exotic, quantum behavior. More>

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Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Talk by Junko Yano on March 28

Junko Yano of the Biosciences Area will discuss “Taking Snapshots of Reaction Intermediates in Metalloenzymes and Catalysts at X-Ray Free Electron Lasers” at the next Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium on Wednesday, March 28, at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. The event will be live streamed. More>

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Beyond the WIMP: Unique Crystals Could Expand the Search for Dark Matter

A new particle detector design proposed by Berkeley Lab could greatly broaden the search for dark matter into an unexplored realm. Dark matter makes up 85 percent of the total mass of the universe yet we don’t know what it’s made of. More>

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Lab’s Smoot and Bousso Quoted on Death of Stephen Hawking

Lab physicist George Smoot, quoted in the Los Angeles Times, said Hawking’s contributions were original and far-reaching, reframing ideas about the origins of the universe and the nature of time and space. Raphael Bousso, a Lab physicist and former student of Hawking, was quoted in a New York Times obituary on the March 14 passing of the scientist at age 76.

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March 7 National Science Foundation Webinar on Successful STEM Mentoring

The interactive webinar, “Tips that Work: Advice From Award-Winning STEM Mentors,” takes place March 7, at 11 a.m. Panelists include UC Berkeley’s Sheila Humphreys and her mentee Cheyenne Nelson, a Berkeley Lab intern in the Physics Division. Go here to register.

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Using NERSC to Resolve One of Cosmology’s Biggest Controversies

Astrophysicists at Berkeley Lab and the University of Portsmouth in the U.K. believe that strongly lensed Type Ia supernovae could resolve one of cosmology’s biggest controversies, which relates to the rate of the universe’s expansion. More>

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