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redOrbit: Astronomers Discover White Dwarf Supernovae

The news web site redOrbit has covered the SMU Physics Department’s recent supernovae discoveries. The article was published Feb. 27. Light from two massive stars that exploded hundreds of millions of years ago recently reached Earth, and each event was identified as a supernova. Both supernovae were spotted with the Robotic Optical Transient Search Experiment‘s robotic telescope ROTSE3b, which is now operated by SMU graduate students. Continue reading

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White dwarf supernovae are discovered in Virgo Cluster galaxy and in sky area “anonymous”

Light from two massive stars that exploded hundreds of millions of years ago recently reached Earth, and each event was identified as a supernova by SMU researchers.

A supernova discovered Feb. 6 exploded about 450 million years ago, and a second supernova discovered Nov. 20 exploded about 230 million years ago. Continue reading

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Dallas Observer: How Texas Came Within an Atom’s Breadth of Discovering the God Particle

The Dallas Observer interviewed SMU physicist Ryszard Stroynowski about Texas’ historic role in particle physics before the landmark discovery announced in July of the new fundamental “God particle” necessary for scientists to explain how matter acquires mass. Continue reading

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The Telegraph: Cern announcement: after 50 years, the Higgs hunt could be over

SMU postdoctoral researcher Aidan Randle-Conde, SMU Department of Physics, was quoted by the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph. Randle-Conde was quoted for his commentary on the search for the fundamental particle the Higgs boson and the media frenzy sparked in the days leading up to CERN’s much-anticipated July 4 announcement of a new particle discovery.

Telegraph science reporter Anjana Ahuja quoted in the July 3 article “Cern announcement: after 50 years, the Higgs hunt could be over.” Continue reading

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NatGeo: “God Particle” Found? “Historic Milestone” From Higgs Boson Hunters

SMU physicist Stroynowski is a principal investigator in the search for the Higgs boson, and the leader of SMU’s team in the Department of Physics that is working on the experiment.

The experimental physics group at SMU has been involved since 1994 and is a major contributor to the research, the heart of which is the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator on the border with Switzerland and France. Continue reading

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DMN: Dallas-area physicists had a hand in discovery of “God particle”

The Dallas Morning News interviewed SMU physicist Ryszard Stroynowski about the historic discovery of the new fundamental particle necessary for scientists to explain how matter acquires mass. Continue reading

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CBS Channel 11: Long-fought discovery of elusive “God” particle brings joy to SMU physicists

CBS DFW Channel 11 reporter Jack Fink with KTVT-TV interviewed SMU physicist Ryszard Stroynowski about the historic discovery of the new fundamental particle necessary for scientists to explain how matter acquires mass. Continue reading

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Dallas Observer: Has the “God Particle” Been Found? Let’s Ask the SMU Prof Who’s Been Looking.

Dallas Observer science writer Brantley Hargrove interviewed SMU physicist Ryszard Stroynowski in advance of the announcement from CERN in Geneva about whether scientists have discovered the Higgs boson, a fundamental particle theorized to explain why matter has mass.

Stroynowski and other SMU faculty and students have played a role in the recent findings as participants in the experiments.
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Fiber-optic data link, now with DOE funding, is critical in the hunt for Big Bang’s “God” particle

A tiny optoelectronic module designed in part by SMU physicists plays a big role in the world’s largest physics experiment at CERN in Switzerland, where scientists are searching for the Higgs boson, the “God” particle.

The module, a fiber-optic transmitter, sends the flood of raw data from the Large Hadron Collider’s ATLAS experiment to offsite computer farms, where thousands of physicists around the world can analyze it. Continue reading

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