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Columbia University Department of Physics
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Hydrodynamical simulations show that when two black holes orbit one another in the nucleus of a galaxy, they sweep the surrounding plasma into unique patterns. The resulting asymmetric mass distribution can help push the black holes together to collide and merge and produce unique electromagnetic emissions in the process.
By counting tetrahedra of galaxies, a Columbia postdoc has determined that the Universe may not be mirror-symmetric, which would have profound implications for cosmological models.
The Sahin lab developed a device to illustrate energy conversion by bacterial spores from water evaporation
The McIver lab captures the ultrafast electrical response of quantum materials driven by femtosecond pulses of light
The measured and simulated patterns of molecular photofragments detected at ZLab show good agreement, signifying progress in ultracold and quantum chemistry.
The Dean lab studies exotic new electronic states, realized by patterning graphene and related materials at the naon-scale.
Staying cool under pressure! The system, designed, constructed, commissioned, and operated by the Elena Aprile group, maintains the xenon in the detector in liquid form, at a constant temperature of -100°C (-148 °F) and pressure of 2 bar (29 PSI).
The Neutrinos and Rare Events Group sifts through terabytes of data from high-resolution imaging detectors to fish out rare particle interactions that could signify new fundamental physics.