Physics

An evaporation harvesting device made of Legos, a spore-coated rubber sheet, a coil and a magnet. The device produces electricity when sheet bends and straightens in response to moisture. Image Credit: Xi Chen/Columbia University

Legos may seem like an unlikely foundation for scientific research, but the building blocks have been a part of Ozgur Sahin’s work since he made a mechanical adding device with them when he was 11.

coronal hole

Picture of the sun with a coronal hole (the large dark region at the bottom). Credit: NASA

Daniel Wolf Savin and Michael Hahn have been fascinated by the universe since they were boys.

Latha Venkataraman, a professor of applied physics and applied mathematics, discovered a new technique to measure the electrical conduction of single molecules wired to electrodes. This graphic shows the maximum force that a molecule circuit can sustain under stress and shows that the force varies with the chemical character of the molecule making up the circuit.

In 2001, at the dawn of the nanoscale era, the newly formed Columbia Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center received a 10-year grant from the National Science Foundation large enough to support 20 professors with one or two graduate students apiece.

Research at Columbia

(Editor's note: Physics Professor Amber Miller, who also serves as Columbia’s Dean of Science in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, leads the team based at the University’s Nevis Lab that developed and built key components of the EBEX telescope that launched from Antarctica on Dec.

Tanya Zelevinsky’s Pupin Hall lab is home to a sprawling contraption of gangly wires, metal pipes and chambers, and flashing lights.

Dillon Liu, SEAS ’13, just found out that not only has he won a prestigious Marshall Scholarship—he is also the first Columbia Engineering student ever to receive one.

Research at Columbia

Sometime in the next year and a half, a glowing interstellar blob—possibly a star or a young solar system—will pass perilously close to the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

More than 75 Columbia students and faculty erupted in cheers early in the morning of July 4 when researchers at the Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva presented data showing the existence of a subatomic particle strongly suspected of being the Higgs boson—the elusive particle thought to

Elena Aprile

Some light has been shed on the search for dark matter.

Physics Professor Igor Aleiner is one of 21 theoretical physicists, mathematicians and theoretical computer scientists from across the U.S.

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