Physical Sciences

Photo-like satellite image of southern Greenland on the afternoon of September 4, 2022. Bare, dirty ice at the margin of the ice sheet appears gray. Snow-covered ice is bright white. Pale blue ribbons and circles are lakes, rivers and ponds of melt water.

UC Irvine Earth system scientists discover missing piece in climate models

Their update accounts for the effects of overlooked physical properties in ice

Globally significant upwelling is driven by topographical features on seafloor

UC Irvine Earth system scientist is part of team that released, tracked deep ocean dye

Aomawa Shields, Clare Boothe Luce Associate Professor, Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine School of Physical Sciences.

Exoplanet explorer

Astrobiologist Aomawa Shields uses computer modeling to gauge extraterrestrial life possibilities

UC Irvine’s 2024 Hellman Fellows are (clockwise from upper left): Abigail Lapin Dardashti, Javier Sanchez-Yamagishi, Fangyaun Ding, Pablo Lara-Gonzalez, Katherine Trieste Rhodes, Alejandra Rodriguez Verdugo, Irene Vega, Xian Shi, Ji Seon Song and Travis Wiles.

10 UC Irvine faculty members named Hellman Fellows for 2024-25

Program supports research by promising assistant professors

Phoebe Roach

#IamUCI – Phoebe Roach

B.S., Earth system science and minor in public health | School of Physical Sciences

New crystal production method could enhance quantum computers and electronics

UC Irvine researchers make ultra-thin bismuth material for flexible technologies

UC Irvine-led team uncovers ‘vigorous melting’ at Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier

Satellite radar data show kilometer-scale seawater intrusion, causing ice to rise and fall

Two male scientists in a research laboratory.

UC Irvine-led research team discovers new property of light

Photon momentum discovery unlocks novel, silicon-based optoelectronic capabilities

UC Irvine astronomers’ simulations support dark matter theory

The tests addressed the elusive matter’s existence despite it never having been observed

From left, Jenny Yang, Daniel Guillen, Tim Tait and Filipp Furche.

4 UC Irvine researchers are elected AAAS fellows

Scholars are honored for their efforts to advance science or its applications