Physics Professor David Hall and Team Observe Quantum-Mechanical Monopoles

Submitted on Thursday, 4/30/2015, at 2:13 PM

April 30, 2015


An artistic illustration of a quantum-mechanical monopole. Credit: Heikka Valja.

AMHERST, Mass.—Building on his own previous research, Amherst College professor David S. Hall ’91 and a team of international collaborators have experimentally identified a pointlike monopole in a quantum field for the first time. The discovery, announced this week, gives scientists further insight into the elusive monopole magnet, an elementary particle that researchers believe exists but have not yet seen in nature.

Physics Professor David Hall and Team Observe Quantum-Mechanical Monopoles

Submitted on Wednesday, 4/29/2015, at 11:43 AM

Professors Awarded NSF, NIH Grants

November 9, 2012

Benzodiazepines. Arithmetic dynamics. Matter at the coldest temperatures of the universe. The fundamental underlying symmetries of nature. And parasites that live on tsetse flies.

What do all of these have in common? They all are faculty research topics that have recently received significant grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) or National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Physics Professor to Receive Prize at American Physical Society Meeting Feb. 27, 2012

Professor of Physics David S. Hall ’91 will receive the American Physical Society’s Prize for a Faculty Member for Research at an Undergraduate Institution at its annual meeting in Boston on Feb. 27, the APS has announced. Awarded annually, the prize honors a physicist whose research in an undergraduate setting has achieved wide recognition and contributed significantly to physics. It also recognizes an individual who has played an important and supporting role in the professional development of undergraduate physics students.

Amherst College Physics Professor David S. Hall Awarded Three-Year, $469K NSF Grant

September 17, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. – David S. Hall, associate professor of physics at Amherst College, has received a three-year, $469,086 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award will support Hall’s studies of gases cooled to a billionth of a degree above absolute zero—the lowest possible temperature in the universe—and will allow him to build on work done by legendary physicists Satyendra Nath Bose and Albert Einstein in the 1920s.