Physics and Astronomy

Research reveals cause of vascular changes associated with early Alzheimer’s.

Clemson Department of Physics and Astronomy Professor, Feng Ding, and his international collaborators “have discovered a cause of blood vessel damage in the brain that plays a role in Alzheimer’s disease-related dementia.” Dr. Feng Ding A healthy brain uses neurons to process and transmit information between parts of the brain to the muscles and organs within […]

Electrolyte research by Clemson physicists could lead to cheaper high-capacity batteries.

Three members of Rao’s lab- Mihir Parekh, postdoctoral fellow, and graduate students Janak Basel and Nawraj Sapkota have discovered a way to optimize electrolytes to address the short circuiting and rapid capacity loss problems in sodium-ion batteries. These batteries are less expensive and more readily available than lithium-ion batteries.  Dr. Rao and members of his […]

Clemson astrophysicists may have found a binary supermassive black hole.

After analyzing more than 100 years of data, Clemson University astrophysicists, Pablo Penil del Campo, Marco Ajello, and Sagar Adhikari, may have found binary supermassive black holes.  In our universe, galaxies collide with other galaxies and, in the process, the supermassive black holes at the core of the galaxes will form a pair.  “Penil and his […]

Two Physics Undergraduate Students present their research at CU2MIP.

VJ Mattison and J Jones, undergraduate students in the Physics and Astronomy Department, presented their research at the CU2MIP. CU2MIP is the Conference for Undergraduate Underrepresented Minorities in Physics. J Jones (left) and VJ Mattison (right) They presented their poster titled “Advancing Blazar and Galactic Source Identification with Multiwavelength and Machine Learning”.

Clemson astrophysicist’s research could shed light on the search for dark matter.

Alex McDaniel, a postdoctoral, and Marco Ajello, an associate professor, in the Clemson University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Alex McDaniel is a postdoctoral fellow in the Clemson University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and his collaborators search dwarf galaxies for dark matter “that self-annihilates into ordinary matter and gamma rays, a form of light […]

Studying a bright gamma-ray burst from neutron star merger, astronomers discover heavy elements.

Illustration courtesy of Luciano Rezzolla, University of Frankfurt, Germany Dieter Hartmann and an international team of astronomers “obtained observational evidence for the creation of rare heavy elements in the aftermath of a cataclysmic explosion triggered by the merger of two neutron stars.” They were studying a massive gamma-ray burst named GRB230307A, which was first detected on March 7, […]

Self-extinguishing batteries could reduce the risk of deadly and costly battery fires

Apparao Rao, Clemson University and Bingan Lu, Hunan University “In a newly published study, we describe our design for a self-extinguishing rechargeable battery. It replaces the most commonly used electrolyte, which is highly combustible – a medium composed of a lithium salt and an organic solvent – with materials found in a commercial fire extinguisher. An electrolyte allows lithium ions […]

CNI Graduate Students Among Presenters at 2023 SC EPSCoR State Conference

On April 14, 2023, five Physics & Astronomy graduate students and one CU-ICAR graduate student conducting research at the Clemson Nanomaterials Institute (CNI) presented six papers at the annual SC EPSCoR conference in Summerville, SC. Basanta Ghimire, Evan Watkins, Nawraj Sapkota, Peshal Karki, and Janak Basel each presented their work at this year’s conference. In […]

Prof. Kaeppler’s sounding rocket experiment INCAA featured in popular German podcast


German radio journalist Kristian Thees and German actress and entertainer Anke Engelke, talk about the NASA sounding rocket experiment INCAA and the image of tracer releases in Alaska submitted by listener Prof. Gerald Lehmacher, who was co-investigator for the experiment. Prof. Steve Kaeppler and Prof. Miguel Larsen were principal investigator and co-investigator, respectively. The photo […]

Simulating gas dynamics and binary black holes on a computer

Supermassive black holes are the universe’s most immense single objects. These monsters can weigh more than a billion suns, and are the subjects of intense interest in the astronomical community. They are the engines powering the spectacular jets of material (so-called AGN jets) that emanate from the cores of some galaxies, and they offer precious clues […]