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Archive for January, 2011


Monday, January 24, 2011

The view from an airborne observatory

NASA's SOFIA observatory flies over the desert north of Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on a test flight.

NASA’s SOFIA observatory flies over the desert north of Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on a test flight.

University of Texas at Austin Astronomer Paul Harvey had a seat on one of the first flights of NASA’s new airborne observatory, SOFIA.

That acronym stands for Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy.

The observatory is a Boeing 747-SP aircraft equipped with a 100-inch diameter telescope. It flies at 40,000 feet or so to get above absorption from the water vapor in the atmosphere.

“You get the
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

DIY: Building your own spin zone

Physics Professor Alex de Lozanne and his lab are building a $438,000 scanning tunneling microscope from the ground up.

Physics Professor Alex de Lozanne and his lab are building a $438,000 scanning tunneling microscope from the ground up.

When Professor Alex de Lozanne was a boy he made things with Tinker Toys, went on to a mechanical version of Tinker Toys and just kept on tinkering.

Even as a physicist at The University of Texas at Austin, he’s built instruments used in his laboratory.

For his latest project, de Lozanne and members of his lab are building a spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscope (STM)
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Building a ‘Green Star State’

Graduate student Melissa Lott studies energy systems, from generation to consumption. Photo by Mary Christenberry Lott.

Graduate student Melissa Lott studies energy systems, from generation to consumption. Photo by Mary Christenberry Lott.

Researchers across The University of Texas at Austin are working on energy. Generating it, storing it, conserving it, using it sensibly. Students are actively engaged in energy research, which could shape their world. Here’s an interview with Melissa Lott, a student who is researching energy systems. She is a dual degree graduate student in the Cockrell School of Engineering and LBJ School for Public Affairs.
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