Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi


Dr. Cremaldi, Dr. Sanders and Dr. Summers publish in Nature

University of Mississippi physicists with the Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment (MICE) publish results in Nature.

Demonstration of cooling by the Muon Ionization Cooling Experimentwas published in Nature on February 5, 2020. For the first time scientists have observed muon ionization cooling – a major step in being able to create the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. Until now, the question has been whether it’s possible to “squeeze” a beam of muons sufficiently to achieve the luminosity needed to study new physics. The new research, published in Nature on Feb. 5, shows that it is possible. The results of the experiment, carried out using the MICE muon beamline at the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, clearly show that ionization cooling works and can be used to channel muons into a tiny volume, thus providing a beam for a new type of particle accelerator.

For more details please follow these links from Fermilab, RAL and in Scientific American and Science News.


9th Gulf Coast Gravity Meeting

After a few years hiatus, the GCGM returns! The 9th Gulf Coast Gravity Meeting will be held at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, on March 13 and 14, 2020. In keeping with its tradition, this will be an open, relaxed, and informal conference. We are inviting researchers and students interested in all areas of gravitational physics: classical and quantum gravity, general relativistic astrophysics and cosmology, quantum cosmology, gravitational waves, and experimental gravity. Because this is a regional meeting, many attendees will be from the southeastern United States, but all are welcome.

New Faculty Member

Photo of Dr. Gupta
Dr. Anuradha Gupta has just joined us as an Assistant professor. She received her Ph.D. from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mubai (India). She was postdoctoral researcher with the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos at Pennsylvania State University, where she was studying gravitational waves from compact binary mergers.

Kevin Lin has been named in Who’s Who at the University of Mississippi

Good evening, Kevin Lin,

Congratulations! You have been selected as a member of the 2019-2020 Class of Who’s Who Among Students at the University of Mississippi.

This is an outstanding honor to achieve here at the University and you should be proud of your accomplishments and achievements. This year’s committee had a difficult task of working to narrow down more than 500 applications to their finalists. There are some exceptional students who are part of this cohort.

2020 Henry E. Bass Basic Acoustics Summer School — June 8 – July 31, 2020.

Henry E. Bass Basic Acoustics Summer School

The program will take place June 8 – July 31, 2020. Application deadline is February 21, 2020.

The 2020 Basic Acoustics Summer School Program (BASS) will celebrate its 11th year this summer. The program was first created in memory of Dr. Henry E. Bass, who was a physicist and acoustics researcher that led efforts to create the National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA) in the 1980s and served as the Center’s director from 1992 until his passing in 2008. He was a talented researcher and a gifted teacher. Up-to-date, 20 undergraduate students from various backgrounds and universities have successfully completed the program. Please see the web page: for more information.