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Physics graduate students, Nauman Ibrahim, Aniket Khairnar, and Sumeet Kulkarni observe and photograph comet Neowise.

University of Mississippi graduate students, Nauman Ibrahim, Aniket Khairnar, and Sumeet Kulkarni observed and photographed the comet Neowise on the morning of July 11, 2020. See and for details.

Comet Neowise

Photographed by Sumeet Kulkarni

Comet Neowise

The comet is bottom-left and the Pleiades, the Hyades and Venus are on the right.
Photographed by Sumeet Kulkarni

Congratulations to our graduating seniors!

Six senior undergraduates will be graduating this spring.  They are JD Brown, Anna Stevens and Jarod Wright with the BS in Physics and Mollie Burkes, Taylor Cabrera and Taylor Martin with the BA in Physics.  Two of our seniors have been accepted to graduate programs in Physics and Mathematics.  Congratulations to all our graduating seniors!

Oxford Science Café moves online

Thanks to the hard work of graduate students Lorena Magaña Zertuche and Sumeet Kulkarni and Assistant Professor Jake Bennett, we now have a digital version of the Oxford Science Café. New Ssippin’ Science podcasts will be released in the coming weeks, including one of Earth Day.

Physics graduate student Anil Panta has received a fellowship from the 2020 Ozaki Exchange Program

Anil Panta, a physics graduate student, has received a fellowship from the 2020 Ozaki Exchange Program.

This program is US-JAPAN collaboration for exchange of graduate students enrolled in PHD program .
He will be working with Hadron Physics group at Kobayashi-Maskawa Institute(KMI) at Nagoya University.

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.