The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Peter Higgs and François Englert “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.” The photo at the right shows Englert (left) and Higgs at the July 4, 2012 announcement of the discovery of the particle at CERN. The discovery announcement was timed to coincide with the start of the International Conference on High Energy Physics in Melbourne, where it made via a two-way video link. Prof. Yost, a high-energy physicist at The Citadel who works at CERN, was present at the Melbourne conference, and recorded the reaction in this video.
Wolfgang Kettere, who received the 2001 Nobel Prize for his work on Bose-Einstein condensates in ultracold atoms, visited South Carolina to give a talk at Claflin University which was attended by many from the surrounding region, including several Citadel Faculty. Ketterle is the director of the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms. Prof. Clark at The Citadel was in attendance, and knows Ketterle from his graduate work in that group. Prof. Clark continues his work on ion traps at The Citadel. You can find more information on his ExCitAtIon Group research page.
Professor Saul Adelman received the 2011 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research at an Undergraduate Institution in recognition for his work on the chemical composition of stellar atmospheres. More information can be found in the Citadel News Release. Prof. Adelman has also produced a DVD of Great Astronomical Images. More information about the DVD, which is available from the Physics Department, may be found here.