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BYU researchers help discover massive exoplanet

BYU researchers help discover massive exoplanet

Clement Gaillard spent three or four nights a week operating BYU’s Orson Pratt Observatory telescope in the summer of 2015. On the night of June 23, the physics undergrad pointed the telescope toward a star more than a thousand light years away, recording meticulous...
Measuring a Quintillion Photons at the Speed of Light

Measuring a Quintillion Photons at the Speed of Light

An individual could travel around the world more than seven times in a single second if moving at the speed of light. That’s pretty fast. A beam of light used in physics professors Michael Ware and Justin Peatross’s quantum-physics experiment can contain...
Studying Planets Without Looking Through a Telescope

Studying Planets Without Looking Through a Telescope

Darin Ragozzine has always been fascinated with space, planets, and stars—but he rarely looks through a telescope. “The thing that I focus on is not so much taking the pictures, but I take the data and the pictures from the telescope, and I use physics to see what it...
The Science That Enables Other Sciences

The Science That Enables Other Sciences

Lithography, computer chips, and electron microscopes all need particle accelerators. Accelerators are scientific tools that use beams of charged particles to investigate particle physics. But there is a need for accelerators to be cheaper and brighter, and BYU is...