June 11, 2018: Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD), At Last GLAST: Image Credit: NASA, DOE, Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope Collaboration. Explanation: Rising through a billowing cloud of smoke, a long time ago from a planet very very close by, this Delta II rocket left Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s launch pad 17-B at 12:05 pm EDT on June 11, 2008. Snug in the payload section was GLAST, the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope. GLAST’s detector technology was developed for use in terrestrial particle accelerators. So from orbit, GLAST can detect gamma-rays from extreme environments above the Earth and across the distant Universe, including supermassive black holes at the centers of distant active galaxies, and the sources of powerful gamma-ray bursts. Those formidable cosmic accelerators achieve energies not attainable in earthbound laboratories. Now known as the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, on the 10 year anniversary of its launch, let the Fermi Science Playoffs begin.
SCIPP members Nicolo Cartiglia, Hartmut Sadrozinski and Abraham Seiden were looking for an opportunity to market their recent invention “AC-coupled Ultra-fast Silicon Detectors (AC-UFSD)” which is along the lines of decade-old expertise of cutting-edge instrumentation pursued by SCIPP. (https://officeofresearch.ucsc.edu/ipmgmt/irp/index.html)
Since external matching funds were needed, the SCIPP researchers wrote letters to former colleagues asking for help, and Brad Hubbard-Nelson, a former postdoc researcher who had worked at SCIPP on instrument development which ultimately was used to discover the Higgs Boson, responded with a generous gift to UCSC, which allowed the University to offer a Proof-of-Concept Grant in the amount of $15,000 to the SCIPPers. The expected impact of the invention is described briefly here (http://scipp.ucsc.edu/~hartmut/2017/Description%20and%20Impact%20of%20US%20patent%20No.pdf)
October 2016: Alan Litke (SCIPP) and David Feldheim (MCD Biology) have been awarded an NIH grant for interdisciplinary neuroscience research using their novel, comprehensive measurements of visually-evoked brain activity. The bulk of the credit for the experimental work goes to SCIPP postdoc Shinya Ito, with important technical contributions from Forest Martinez-McKinney and Serguei Kachiguine.
July 2016: SCIPP physicist and founding director Abe Seiden has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the US ATLAS Collaboration. The award, which recognizes outstanding service to ATLAS and/or US ATLAS sustained over many years, was announced on June 27 at the ATLAS Week meeting in New York City.
The award citation reads as follows: “Abe has been Level 3 manager for Si strips, Level 2 manager for the entire Si system, and a long-time promoter of silicon tracking as well as leader of SCIPP and its significant ATLAS involvement. Abe went on to devote tremendous time and effort to the US program of R&D towards ATLAS upgrades.”
October 2014: SCIPP Member William Atwood invited to give the Manne Siegbahn Memorial Lecture in Stockholm, Sweden for his work on the Fermi-LAT Satellite program. At the lecture on October 16, 2014 he was presented with the Manne Siegbahn Medal honoring for recent break throughs and developments in experimental physics. The sponsor is the Royal Swedish Academy of Science through its Nobel Institute for Physics. Last year the award went to Joseph Incandela and Fabiola Gianotti, spokespersons for CMS and ATLAS honoring the discovery of the Higgs Boson. (Video)
May 2013: Congratulations to SCIPP Graduate Student, Paul Buzbee, winner of the 2013 UCSC Physical and Biological Sciences Chancellor’s Award! Thesis title: “Searches of RHESSI Datafor Weak Signals Associated with Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes”. Advisor: David M Smith.
August 29, 2011: Astrophysicists report first simulation to create a Milky Way-like galaxy. Supercomputer experiment supports cosmological model of a “cold dark matter” universe. UCSC astrophysicist and SCIPP Member, Piero Madau, coauthor of the paper accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal, was quoted in the UCSC Article.(“Forming Realistic Late-Type Spirals in a LCDM Universe: The Eris Simulation” http://arxiv.org/abs/1103.6030)
August 24, 2011: SCIPP physicists working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider(LHC) have made the first measurement ever of the ratio of W boson and Z boson production in association with hadronic jets(ATLAS at CERN Article)! The results were presented by Sofia Chouridou at the PANIC11 conference and are available at: http://arxiv.org/abs/1108.4908.
July 2011: Supersymmetry hunters from the SCIPP group working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider(LHC) have reported first results from a search for new particles from gauge-mediated SUSYbreaking in a diphoton + missing energy signature. The results are available at: http://arxiv.org/abs/1107.0561.
June 29, 2011: At UCSC on July 6-8, we will have an in-depth review and planning meeting for R&D in the U.S. aimed at upgrades to the ATLAS detector now collecting data at the Large Hadron Collider(LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The upgrades aim at improving the capabilities of the detector in the search for new physics at the LHC. Approximately 25 physicists will be participating.
March 17, 2010: The first ATLAS physics paper,”Charged-particle multiplicities in pp interactions at sqrt(s) = 900 GeV measured with the ATLAS detector at the LHC” has been submitted to the archive (http://arxiv.org/abs/1003.3124v1) and to Phys. Lett. B.
November 9, 2009: SCIPP Member Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz & UCSC astrophysicists have developed supercomputer simulations of colliding white dwarfs, providing a new path to detonate “standard candle” type Ia supernovae. A new study published this month in the Astrophysical Journal Letters and featured in a Scientific American article.
September 15, 2009: SCIPP Member, UCSC physicist Anthony Aguirre highlighted in Discover and Astronomy magazine feature stories on the possibility that we inhabit just one of many ‘universes’ — and that we might actually be able to detect the presence of others. (Discover online, November 4, 2009)
August 14, 2009: Fermi featured on the cover of SCIENCE Magazine and UCSC physicists and astronomers are coauthors of three major papers reporting scientific results from Fermi in this issue of the journal. … (UCSC Story) (complete article)