Dept. of Physics

Astronomers have pinpointed for the first time the home galaxy of a Fast Radio Burst, moving scientists a step closer to detecting what causes these powerful but fleeting pulses of radio waves. FRBs, which last just a few thousandths of a second, have puzzled astrophysicists since their discovery a decade ago.

Classified as: astrophysics, galaxy, Kaspi, telescope, science and technology, Fast Radio Bursts, FRB, neutron star, magnetar, CHIME, Tendulkar, American Astronomical Society, Astrophysical Journal Letters, astronomers
Published on: 4 Jan 2017

A new study published in Nature Communications could help biologists understand how various types of migratory cells, such as immune cells, find their way through tissues in the human body.

Classified as: Paul W. Wiseman, migratory cells, podosomes
Published on: 13 Oct 2016

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom

Astronomers for the first time detect repeat ‘fast radio bursts’ from same sky location

Astronomers for the first time have detected repeating short bursts of radio waves from an enigmatic source that is likely located well beyond the edge of our Milky Way galaxy. The findings indicate that these “fast radio bursts” come from an extremely powerful object which occasionally produces multiple bursts in under a minute.

Classified as: Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, nature, Canada Research Chairs Program, science and technology, Victoria Kaspi, Fast Radio Bursts, radio waves, Milky Way, FRB, Paul Scholz, Arecibo radio telescope, McGill High Performance Computing Centre, Max Planck, Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics & Cosmology, Fonds de recherche du Québec
Published on: 2 Mar 2016

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom

McGill researchers Elena Bennett and Yasser Gidi also honoured by NSERC

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has named McGill University astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi as this year’s recipient of the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, NSERC’s highest honour, in recognition of the excellence and influence of her research contributions.

Classified as: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, astrophysics, elena bennett, neutron stars, pulsars, Vicky Kaspi, society and culture, Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, Fast Radio Bursts, Yasser Gidi
Published on: 16 Feb 2016

As scientists continue to hunt for a material that will make it possible to pack more transistors on a chip, new research from McGill University and Université de Montréal adds to evidence that black phosphorus could emerge as a strong candidate.

Classified as: Nanotechnology, Research, science, nanoelectronics, NSERC, transistor, Guillaume Gervais, McGill News, black phosphorus, semiconductor, electronics, Szkopek, CIFAR, FRQ
Published on: 7 Jul 2015

McGill professor Vicky Kaspi, a world-renowned astrophysicist known for her cutting-edge work on neutron stars and pulsars, was awarded the Killam Prize today, one of the country’s most prestigious awards for academic-career achievement. The $100,000 prize was granted for outstanding scholarship in the natural sciences. Five awards – one each in the categories of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering -- are distributed every year by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Classified as: cosmology, astrophysics, Kaspi, Killam, McGill News, Canada Council for the Arts, magnetars, neutron stars, pulsars
Published on: 14 Apr 2015