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New research collaboration between physics and pure mathematics enables new strides toward quantum computing

Collaboration explores hyperbolic lattices and opens new avenues for research in condensed matter physics.

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U of A role in building new telescope signals opportunities for astrophysics research and signal processing technology

Astrophysicists Erik Rosolowsky and Gregory Sivakoff are members of an international team which is building a new, state-of-the-art telescope in Chile.

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Building on fundamental physics knowledge

As a teenager, Igor Boettcher loved to read about the elementary particles that make up everything in the universe. Now he’s a physics faculty member who develops the mathematical and conceptual framework to understand findings, and proposes new experiments to learn more.

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Large-scale computer simulation reveals how magnetic field lines break to produce solar flares and other phenomena

A discovery made through large-scale computer simulations could lead to better understanding of solar flares, geomantic substorms, and gamma-ray bursts, which pose serious dangers to orbiting satellites and telecommunications.

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Students convert physics lessons to practical use with undergraduate research projects

Research is messier than portrayed in textbooks, but its rewards include honing new skills and participating in exciting discoveries.

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New funding could help Alberta scientists unlock the quantum internet

New and upgraded nano-fabrication facilities at U of A and University of Calgary will help researchers build next-generation, ultra-secure networks linking quantum computers.

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U of A physicist helping build next-generation particle detector to shed new light on dark matter

Aksel Hallin and his team will put their pioneering expertise to work on a newly funded Canadian collaboration aimed at revealing clues to one of the universe’s greatest mysteries.

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Powerful new microscope will enable physicists to advance the science of the very fast and very small

Investment in cutting-edge research tools will put the U of A at the forefront of understanding how materials work at the atomic scale, with applications in telecommunications, solar cells and superconductors.

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U of A-led space mission propelled by significant new funding

Mission to assess effects of space radiation on Earth’s climate will open up scientific and economic opportunities for Alberta and Canada, says astrophysicist.

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Paradox resolved?

In 1992, University of Alberta physics professor Don Page threw a curve into calculations of black hole radiation entropy. Now, almost 30 years later, theories are close to resolving a black hole paradox. 

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What goes up: UAlberta students carry out experiments in simulated zero-gravity conditions on parabolic flight

Experiments conducted in 2019 lay groundwork for components for next satellite project by student group AlbertaSat.

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Energy channelled by space weather favours the north, new study shows

U of A physicists discover surprising new findings about how our planet’s magnetic field controls space weather as it shields us from solar wind.