In the World News:
- CNLS Affiliate Cristian Batista has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society in the Division of Condensed Matter Physics for theoretical contributions to the understanding of frustrated magnetic systems, topological phases, and electronic ferroelectricity.
- CNLS Affiliate Malcolm Boshier has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society in the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics for high precision laser spectroscopy of hydrogen and muonium, and for advancing the state of the art in cold atom manipulation.
- CNLS Affiliate Avadh Saxena has been named a fellow of the Americal Physical Society in the Division of Materials Physics forfoundational contributions to phase transitions in functional materials and nonlinear excitations in low-dimensional electronic materials.
- CNLS Affiliate Sergei Tretiak has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society in the Division of Chemical Physics for seminal contributions to the theoretical chemistry of excited state dynamics in nanoscale materials and nonlinear optical response of molecular systems.
- CNLS Postdoc Adolfo del Campo has won the Leon Heller Postdoc Publication Award for his article, "Shortcuts to Adiabaticity by Counteradiabatic Driving" which appeared in Physical Review Letters.
- Adolfo del Campo, together with Tom W. B. Kibble and Wojciech H. Zurek, has published "Causality and non-equilibrium second-order phase transitions in inhomogeneous systems" in J. Phys. Condensed Matter: within the special issue "Condensed matter analogues of cosmology" on September 11th.
- On September 3rd, Adolfo del Campo has published "Shortcuts to Adiabaticity by Counterdiabatic Driving" in Physical Review Letters".
- Adolfo del Campo, in collaboration with Wojciech H. Zurek (Theoretical Division), the theory group led by Martin B. Plenio at the University of Ulm and the experimental group led by Tanja E. Mehlstaubler at PTB, has published "Topological Defect Formation and Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Ion Coulomb Crystals” in Nature Communications on August 7th 2013.
- Brian Munsky, with Gregor Neuert, Rui Zhen Tan, Leonid Teytelman, Mustafa Khammash, and Alexander van Oudenaarden, has published "Systematic Identification of Signal Activated Stochastic Gene Regulation" on February 1st in the journal Science.
- Adolfo del Campo, together with I. L. Egusquiza, M. B. Plenio, and S. F. Huelga, has published "Quantum Speed Limits in Open System Dynamics" on February 1st in Physical Review Letters. These "speed limits" apply to any quantum process and have a wide variety of applications, including the determination of precision limits for quantum metrology in the presence of dephasing noise.
- Misha Chertkov (T-4), with Florian Dorfler (CNLS/UCSB) and Francesco Bullo, has published
"Synchronization in Complex Oscillator Networks and Smart Grids" in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on January 13, 2013.
- Jonathan Graham (T-3/CNLS), together with Anna Pietarila, has published "Instrumental and Observational Artifacts in Quiet Sun Magnetic Flux Cancellation Functions" in the Online First edition of Solar Physics on October 25th.
- Zhengping Ji, together with Steven Brumby, R. Chartrand, A. Galbraith, N. Hengartner, G. Kenyon, D. Moody, D. Paiton, J. Theiler, M. Warran and B. Wohlberg, won Second Place at the recent LDRD Day celebration for their poster "Human-like Computer Vision Using Deep, Sparse Models". "The winners of this year's best-poster competition represent the innovative nature of LDRD projects, as well as the broad range of national security challenges LDRD researchers are working hard to solve with cutting-edge science and engineering," said Bill Priedhorsky, LDRD program director.
- Adolfo del Campo (T-4/CNLS), together with Marek M. Rams and Wojciech H. Zurek, has published "Assisted Finite-Rate Adiabatic Passage Across a Quantum Critical Point: Exact Solution for the Quantum Ising Model" on September 13th in Physical Review Letters.
- Adolfo del Campo (T-4/CNLS), together with Malcolm G. Boshier (P-Division), has published "Shortcuts to adiabaticity in a time-dependent box" on September 11th in Scientific Reports.
- Claire White (LANSCE-LC/CNLS) has received the first 2012 NSSA Prize for Outstanding Student Research to recognize her outstanding research pioneering a new methodology to elucidate accurate structural representations of complex materials by combining neutron diffraction and computational chemistry.
- Armin Rahmani (T-4/CNLS) has published "General Method for Calculating the Universal Conductance of Strongly Correlated Junctions of Multiple Quantum Wires" in the January 20th issue of Physics Review B.
- The Los Alamos-IBM supercomputing project 'Roadrunner' recently broke the petaflop barrier in computing speed.
This landmark feat, which was previously predicted to be impossible for current super computer architecture has been widely reported by news agencies such as the
New York Times and CNN. This achievement was hailed as a sign that
the United States is regaining the lead in computer science. The code that was used to demonstrate the highest speed to date models the visual cortex and grew out of collaborations that
were started at the CNLS conference Grand Challenges in Neural Computation.
- CNLS is pleased to announce a new Public Lecture Series in Quantitative Biology.
The quantitative biology (q-bio) lecture series is dedicated to
dissemination of biological knowledge gained through quantitative experimentation and computational, mathematical, and/or statistical analyses of data.
The lectures will be presented by internationally-renowned experts and aimed at the general public. They are usually on the third Tuesday of each month.
- CNLS Executive Committee Member, Andy Shreve, wins LANL Fellows Prize for Leadership.
- Misha Chertkov (T-13, CNLS Executive Committee) and
Allon Percus (CCS-3) have been awarded an NSF grant "Harnessing Statistical Physics
for Computing and Communication", a 3-year collaborative project involving the New Mexico Consortium, the Cornell University CS
department (PI, Bart Selman) and the MIT EECS department (PI, Devavrat Shah). CNLS has contributed significantly to building this research
capability through its focus on Statistical Physics of Networks, Information and Complex
Systems, and it will participate in the project by hosting students and postdocs jointly with the collaborating institutions.
- On August 21, Science Express published a paper, Quantum Communication with Zero-Capacity
Channels, by Graeme Smith from the IBM Watson Research Center and Jon Yard, CNLS-CCS3
postdoc, which obtained the surprising quantum information result that the combination of zero capacity quantum channels can yield
an information channel of finite capacity. (Press Release)
- Cory Hauck (CNLS, CCS-2) has been invited to serve as a Fellow at the Institute for Pure and Applied
Mathematics (IPAM) during its Spring 2009 Program on Quantum and Kinetic Transport: Analysis, Computations, and New Applications
(http://www.ipam.ucla.edu/programs/kt2009/). Located on the UCLA campus, IPAM (http://www.ipam.ucla.edu/) is an NSF national research institute
whose principal objective is to encourage cross-fertilization between pure and applied mathematics and other scientific disciplines.
- Various videos by CNLS Postdoc Mahesh Bandi:
- Alan Perelson, T-10 Senior Fellow and CNLS affiliate, is featured in the Santa Fe New Mexican. The article discusses recent research into
the progression of the HIV virus. This news article follows publication of this research late last year in PNAS.
- Robert Kraichnan, a long-time resident of White Rock and Santa Fe and a LANL consultant and CNLS affiliate throughout the 80's and 90's, died February 26, 2008
after a long illness. Bob was a frequent collaborator at CNLS, was an invited speaker in numerous CNLS workshops and conferences, and wrote many important
and influential papers on fluid turbulence with Shiyi Chen and Gary Doolen, both former CNLS Deputy Directors.
Since 2003, Bob was Homewood Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Johns-Hopkins University. A detailed record of his scientific accomplishments
is available online. A notice of his death appeared recently in the
New York Times. Bob's intellect and good cheer will
be sorely missed by all who knew him.
- Basil Nicolaenko, one of the co-founders of the Center for Nonlinear Studies, passed away in September.
- The Center for Nonlinear Studies marks the passing of two influential leaders of nonlinear science who contributed
greatly to the success of the CNLS: Martin Kruskal and Alwyn Scott.
- Executive Committee member Eli Ben-Naim was recently featured in a "60 seconds with..." interview at IOP Publishing's web site.
Click here to read the interview.