Physics@MIT Journal

Issue: Fall 2009

Message from the Department Head 4

New Faculty 6

Faculty Notes 9

News & Events in Physics 16

Student Honors & Awards 20

Student Profile 27

In Remembrance 52

Alumni/ae Notes 53

Giving to the Department of Physics 58

Donors 60

What is Space?
30 Many recent discoveries give a consistent message: there's much more to Space than meets the eye. We are embedded in a medium that weighs, pushes, bends, and gums up the motion of some particles and oscillates to produce others. Alive with spontaneous activity, Space is the primary reality, of which matter is a product.
BY FRANK WILCZEK
 
Winds of Change in the Hunt for Dark Matter
38 Has dark matter been discovered yet? Conflicting observations over the past year are currently a hot topic in particle physics and astrophysics. The MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science dark matter group has a new and unambiguous experimental technique to address this question of searching for the dark matter wind.
BY JOCELYN MONROE AND JAMES BATTAT
 
Memories from a Life in Physics
46 Institute Professor Millie Dresselhaus shares personal reminiscences from a long and illustrious life among the frontiers of physics. In describing some of the myriad twists of her own unique pathway, she hopes to offer help and encouragement to today's young physicists.
BY MILDRED DRESSELHAUS