Research work conducted by Mike McAneny (C'14), Bryce Yoshimura (graduate student) and Prof. Freericks has been published in Physical Review A, the premier journal for atomic molecular and optical physics. Mike worked on a problem related to constructing a large quantum computer from ions trapped in a Penning trap, based on an experiment being done at the National Institute for Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO, and in the group of recent Nobel prize winner David Wineland. Mike examined the effects that defects have on the experiment.
The Department of Physics is happy to announce a recent gift to endow a new graduate student fellowship. The Professor Walter G. Mayer Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide a merit-based scholarship to support graduate students pursuing Ph.D.’s in experimental physics. This scholarship fund has been endowed through the generous support of Dr. David Auth (G'69), a former graduate student of the late Professor Walter Mayer.
Prof. Rhonda Dzakpasu has received a 2013 Research Award from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) allowing her to conduct neuroscience-related research at the MBL’s Whitman Center in Woods Hole, MA. The MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the US and has a year-round scientific and support staff of nearly 300. During each summer 1,700 scientists and advanced students from around the world visit the MBL to study and conduct research. Prof.
Two physics Ph.D. students, Marguerite Brown and Bryce Yoshimura, have been named 2013-14 ARCS Fellows. Marguerite, who was also a 2012-13 ARCS Fellow, will be continuing her interdisciplinary research in the Blair lab on how microtubules, which provide structural support in cells, organize into different types of structures under different mechanical conditions. Bryce is conducting theoretical research in the Freericks group on using ion trap quantum simulators to study frustrated quantum magnetism.