physics and astronomy

Student satellite team moves one step closer to space

Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago
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The ingenuity and hardwork of the Small satellite Research Labaoratory continues to lead the project up, up and away:

A University of Georgia research laboratory led by a group of undergraduate students is one of only two university research programs chosen by the United States Air Force to build and launch satellites into space.

The UGA Small Satellite Research Laboratory, which is supported by faculty from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering, includes more than 45 members working to build two CubeSats for low Earth orbit.


Focus on the faculty: Robin Shelton

Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Professor of physics and astronomy Robin Shelton discovers and shares knowledge about the galaxy that we call home:

How do you describe the scope and impact of your research or scholarship to people outside of your field?

I explain my research to people outside of my field by saying that I study the gas between the stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way. By gas, I don't mean gasoline, I mean that the material is gaseous, like air. Those statements might start a yawn in the backs of their heads, so I follow them up by saying that the stars in our galaxy were made from gas. Thus,...

UGA to host Quantum Computing workshop May 18-19

Posted 9 months 1 week ago
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Just a few years ago, the possibilities for quantum computers were well understood, though the reality of using one as a research tool remained a distant goal. And while the quantum computing capacity that exists today is still comparable to traditional computers, scieintists expect that the next couple of years will see quantum computers that are much more powerful for certain applications. That anticipation, and how it might impact scientific research from encryption to machine learning, will be the focus of the first Southeast Quantum Computing Workshop:

UGA will host a regional...

The mathematics of music

Posted 9 months 1 week ago

There's a lot more to the arts and sciences than meets the eye, especially when the great artists or inventive scientsts combine the two to let us all see something beautiful:

Physicist and saxophonist Stephon Alexander has argued in his many public lectures and his book The Jazz of Physics that Albert Einstein and John Coltrane had quite a lot in common. Alexander in particular draws our attention to the so-called “Coltrane circle,” which resembles what any musician will recognize as the “Circle of Fifths,” but incorporates Coltrane’s own innovations. Coltrane gave the drawing to...

UGA CubeSat one step closer to space

Posted 11 months 4 weeks ago
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Great news from NASA for students and faculty working diligently to design and build UGA's first satellite:

The University of Georgia CubeSat project is among 34 small satellites selected by NASA to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard missions planned to launch in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The UGA project, led by a team of undergraduate students and including faculty from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering, performs multispectral analysis from low Earth orbit, in this case an altitude of 400 kilometers.

"When our project was selected in...