Making physics more inclusive

Physics faculty and students are working together to make their department a more inclusive community through clubs, courses and events.

New quantum trick for graphene: magnetism

Physicists were stunned when two twisted sheets of graphene showed signs of superconductivity. Now Stanford scientists have shown that the wonder material also generates a type of magnetism once only dreamed of theoretically.

Gemini Planet Imager analyzes 300 stars

Analysis from halfway through the Gemini Planet Imager’s planetary survey hints that our solar system may have rare qualities which could possibly be related to the habitability of Earth.

What it’s like to be a theoretical physicist

Theoretical physicist Shamit Kachru and three of his graduate students talk about the social fabric behind their research, the cycle of confusion and discovery, and the sense of awe – or the cool factor – that drives them.

LIGO resumes gravitational wave search after upgrades

With some Stanford-led upgrades, the gravitational wave detector LIGO is back online after a year of work. It’s now more sensitive than ever to spacetime ripples and will be joined by other detectors around the world.