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    CHEP scientists conduct gravitational wave research at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory.

The Institute for Fundamental Science (IFS) enhances the experimental, theoretical, and astronomy research activities at the University of Oregon. IFS is one of several centers and institutes supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, and maintains a close relationship with the Department of Physics as well as the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Mathematics.

IFS hosts a weekly seminar series on topics in theoretical science, high energy physics, gravitational wave physics, and astrophysics.  The center hosts visiting scientists, supports graduate and undergraduate student research, facilitates interaction between the experimental activities and theoretical investigations of IFS members, and fosters communication of research to the broader community.

IFS members have major involvement in international collaborations including the ATLAS Experiment at CERN and LIGO’s gravitational wave observatories and others.  We have a vigorous program of research in high energy theory, data science, and the International Collider Collaboration.

Center Activities

John Toner wins the Lars Onsager Prize

Around the O  November 12, 2019 – 5:00am

John Toner was frustrated during his final year with IBM in 1993. The industry giant, amid the internet-fueled technological explosion, was giving up fundamental research, his specialty, to pursue applied science to stay competitive.

But a lecture by a visiting researcher, which he almost didn’t attend, reignited this passion and called on his knowledge of fluid mechanics. In his final project at IBM, which he started while considering a job offer from the University of Oregon, he teamed with a young new colleague, Yuhai Tu, to dig deeper into


Physics of the Universe Seminar Nov. 19: André Frankenthal (Cornell)

Dark Matter in the Lab: Searching for Dark Sector Physics with Accelerators

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: 472 Willamette Hall

Abstract: Dark matter is one of the greatest puzzles facing physics today. Our attempts to find a dark matter particle have so far come up empty-handed, and the theoretical models that have guided these efforts for the last 30 years are increasingly suspect. We still have few clues as to its nature. In this talk, I will explore two new and complementary experimental approaches currently underway that seek evidence of a dark


Physics Mentor Stephanie Majewski on UO Twitter

“Great mentors…have had an enormous impact on my career, so I’m driven to ‘pay it forward’ & truly enjoy seeing my students reach their goals.” – particle physicist Stephanie Majewski, one of our faculty members we’re highlighting for #WomensHistoryMonth

— University of Oregon (@uoregon) March 15, 2019

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