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Fall Hans Bethe Lecture to focus on 'spooky action'

Einstein called it “spooky action at a distance” – when two photons become entangled so that they respond the same way despite being far apart.

Research on entanglement has led to even stranger things, like quantum teleportation, that can be experimentally proven. In this fall’s Hans Bethe Lecture at Cornell, physicist Anton Zeilinger will explore how quantum entanglement has been applied to cryptography, teleportation and even communication satellites. The free public lecture will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall.

Paul McEuen on nanoscience and bridging disciplines

Paul McEuen, the John A. Newman Professor of Physical Science and director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science, is heading Provost Michael Kotlikoff’s new faculty hiring initiative task force on nanoscale science and microsystems engineering (with co-chair Professor David Muller). He spoke to the Chronicle about pushing nanoscience at Cornell to the next level, the challenge of recruiting midcareer faculty who bridge disciplines and the importance of asking, “What if?”


Research Spotlight

Research in the department is organized in two laboratories, the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics (LASSP) and the Laboratory for Elementary Particle Physics (LEPP). Explore the links below to learn more about the major research areas of the department and the facilities available to researchers.

Student Spotlight

Sarah Marie Bruno '16 says research in the labs of Professors Carl Franck and Michael Niemack was the "highlight of my experience as a physics major at Cornell. For the first time, you are trying to answer a question to which no one yet knows the answer! This is exciting!"

Click here to read more about Sarah's experiences and explore the links below for profiles of other recent physics alumni: