SMU-trained physicist who bolstered Big Bang theory dies at 84

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: August 31, 2016 James Cronin, a Southern Methodist University graduate who shared a Nobel Prize for explaining why the universe survived the Big Bang, died last Thursday in St. Paul, Minn. He was 84. His death was confirmed by the University of Chicago, where he was a professor emeritus. No cause was given. In 1964, Cronin and Val Fitch of Princeton University were conducting experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island involving matter and antimatter: particles that have the same mass but hold opposite (though equal) charges, either positive or negative, compelling them to destroy each other on contact. The researchers found that for all their similarities, the particles obeyed slightly different laws of physics: that there was, as Cronin put it, [...]

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James Cronin, Nobel laureate who overturned long-accepted beliefs about the fundamental symmetry of laws of physics , dies at 84

Washington Post Originally Posted: August 28, 2016 James W. Cronin, who shared the Nobel Prize in physics for discovering a startling breakdown in what was assumed to be the immutable symmetry of physical law, thereby helping to explain the behavior and evolution of the universe as a whole, died Aug. 25 in St. Paul, Minn. He was 84. Dr. Cronin’s death was announced by the University of Chicago, where he was a professor emeritus of physics as well as of astronomy and astrophysics. No cause was reported. Through the study of the decay of a single subatomic particle, Dr. Cronin and a colleague, Val Logsdon Fitch of Princeton University, made it possible for inferences to be drawn about the laws of nature on a scale as vast [...]

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Nobel laureate and SMU alumnus James Cronin dies

Physics World Originally Posted: August 27, 2016 American nuclear-physicist James Cronin, who shared the 1980 Nobel Prize for Physics with Val Fitch, died on 25 August, at the age of 84. Cronin and Fitch – who died in February last year – were awarded the prize for their 1964 discovery that decaying subatomic particles called K mesons violate a fundamental principle in physics known as "CP symmetry." The research pointed towards a clear distinction between matter and antimatter, helping to explain the dominance of the former over the latter in our universe today. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on 29 September 1931, Cronin completed his BS in 1951 at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where his father taught Latin and Greek. Cronin moved to the [...]

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Bryson DeChambeau, former SMU golfer, applies physics to his sport

WFAA Originally Posted: May 18, 2016 SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 21: Bryson DeChambeau tees off on the 12th hole during the first round of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course on April 21, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images) IRVING, Texas -- During Bryson During Bryson DeChambeau's press conference before the AT&T Byron Nelson, the subject of physics came up, and how it applies to golf. Here's part of his answer: "[...] especially Newtonian mechanics. See, quantum mechanics doesn't really correlate -- I mean, it does, on a really, really minute scale. But doesn't affect how you're striking the ball necessarily," he said. "It's more Newtonian mechanics." DeChambeau majored in physics at SMU [...]

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SMU physicists: CERN’s Large Hadron Collider is once again smashing protons, taking data

SMU Research Originally Posted: May 10, 2016 CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and its experiments are back in action, now taking physics data for 2016 to get an improved understanding of fundamental physics. Following its annual winter break, the most powerful collider in the world has been switched back on. Geneva-based CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) — an accelerator complex and its experiments — has been fine-tuned using low-intensity beams and pilot proton collisions, and now the LHC and the experiments are ready to take an abundance of data. The goal is to improve our understanding of fundamental physics, which ultimately in decades to come can drive innovation and inventions by researchers in other fields. Scientists from SMU’s Department of Physics are among the several [...]

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SMU physicist Govinda Dhungana and Dr. Bob Kehoe discuss nearby massive Supernova 2013ej explosion

SMU Research Originally Posted: April 26, 2016 A giant star that exploded 30 million years ago in a galaxy near Earth had a radius prior to going supernova that was 200 times larger than our sun, according to astrophysicists at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. The sudden blast hurled material outward from the star at a speed of 10,000 kilometers a second. That’s equivalent to 36 million kilometers an hour or 22.4 million miles an hour, said SMU physicist Govinda Dhungana, lead author on the new analysis. READ MORE  

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International ‘dark matter’ expert, physics professor to present at Louisiana Tech

MyArkLaMiss.com Originally Posted: March 31, 2016 The College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University will host Dr. Jodi Cooley, international dark matter expert and associate professor of physics at Southern Methodist University (SMU), as part of the Wallace Herbert Memorial Astronomy Lecture Series. Cooley’s presentation titled, “Whispers in the Dark” will take place at 7:00 p.m. April 6 in the auditorium of University Hall on the Louisiana Tech campus. She will discuss her research on dark matter with an international group of physicists. The lecture is free to attend and open to the public. Dark matter is believed to account for 85 percent of the matter in the universe and is, at the moment, unidentified and invisible. Cooley’s work within several collaborations, including [...]

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Congratulations Dedman College Dean’s Research Council Award Recipients

March 18, 2016 Congratulations to the the recipients of this year's Dean’s Research Council grants. The Dean’s Research Council provides competitively awarded seed funding for faculty research and allows them to compete for larger grants and fellowships outside SMU. Sciences Peng Tao Department of Chemistry Extending the Protein Evolution Paradigm to Combat Antibiotic Drug Resistance Karen Lupo Department of Anthropology Exposing the Myth of the Pristine Rain Forest: Building the Case for the Cultural Landscapes in the Tropical Forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Jingbo Ye Department of Physics Developing an Integrated Circuit that Drives Arrays with Ultra Low Power Humanities Phillipe Chuard Department of Philosophy Time Consciousness: The Lockean View    

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