The researchers at the University of Nova Gorica participated in two breakthrough achievements in Physics in 2017

Date of publication: 13. 2. 2018

Every year, the scientific magazine Physics World, one of the key journals in the field of physics, covering all the areas of physics, issues a list of “Top 10 breakthroughs in Physics”.

In the list of top 10 breakthroughs of 2017, which range from topological physics to Egyptology, the first place went to the international team of astronomers and astrophysicists who ushered us into a new era of astronomy by making the first ever multi-messenger observation involving gravitational waves.

The Pierre Auger Observatory took the sixth place by showing that ultra-high-energy cosmic rays come from outside the Milky Way and are therefore of extragalactic origin.

Researchers from the Center for Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Nova Gorica participated in both of these two discoveries: Andrej Filipčič, Gašper Kukec Mezek, Ahmed Saleh, Samo Stanič, Marta Trini, Serguei Vorobiov, Lili Yang, Gabrijela Zaharijaš, Danilo Zavrtanik, Marko Zavrtanik and Andreja Gomboc at the first discovery.

The placing of two achievements (that included the participation of the UNG’s researchers) on this prestigious list is one of the most important accomplishments of Slovenian physicists in the year 2017.

More: * Important discovery in gravitational astronomy * Ultra-high-energy cosmic particles originate beyond our galaxy


Andreja Leban
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