Physical Sciences

  • Four Princeton professors elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019
    by Princeton University

    The National Academy of Sciences has elected four Princeton faculty members to join its ranks. They are among 100 new members and 25 foreign associates who were selected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Those elected bring the total number of active members to 2,347 and the total number of foreign associates to 487. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the academy, with citizenship outside the United States.

  • Princeton geoscientists find new fallout from ‘the collision that changed the world’

    Thursday, Apr 25, 2019
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    When the landmass that is now the Indian subcontinent slammed into Asia about 50 million years ago, the collision changed the configuration of the continents, the landscape, global climate and more. Now a team of Princeton University scientists has identified one more effect: the oxygen in the world’s oceans increased, altering the conditions for life.

  • Bhargava and Scholes elected to Royal Society

    Thursday, Apr 18, 2019
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge announced today that Manjul Bhargava and Gregory Scholes are two of the 62 scientists who have become fellows or foreign members of the Royal Society.

  • Physicists improve understanding of heat and particle flow in the edge of a fusion device

    Monday, Apr 15, 2019
    by Raphael Rosen, Communications and Public Outreach, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

    Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have discovered valuable information about how electrically charged gas known as “plasma” flows at the edge inside doughnut-shaped fusion devices called “tokamaks.” The findings mark an encouraging sign for the development of machines to produce fusion energy for generating electricity without creating long-term hazardous waste.

  • Ready, set, go: Scientists evaluate a novel technique for firing up the fuel that feeds fusion reactions

    Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019
    by John Greenwald, Science Editor, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

    To capture and control on Earth the fusion reactions that drive the sun and stars, researchers must first turn room-temperature gas into the hot, charged plasma that fuels the reactions. At the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), scientists have conducted an analysis that confirms the effectiveness of a novel, non-standard way for starting up plasma in future compact fusion facilities.

  • Symposium marks growth for Princeton’s materials institute

    Friday, Apr 5, 2019
    by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

    Materials science is an "enabling discipline,” Dean of Engineering and Applied Science Emily A. Carter told the audience gathered for the annual symposium of Princeton’s materials institute last week. It allows researchers, students and entrepreneurs from widely different fields to come together to create new technologies and solutions to difficult societal problems.

  • 2019 Simons Fellows in mathematics and theoretical physics announced

    Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019

    2019 Simons Fellows in Mathematics & Theoretical Physics Announced Mar 20, 2019 Announcements, Awards, Foundations, Physical Sciences The Simons Foundation has announced that three Princeton faculty members have been awarded 2019 Simons fellowships in mathematics and theoretical physics.


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