Undergraduate students are invited to apply for the physics department's 2014 REU program. During this 10-week summer program, participants engage in a focused research project in materials physics, working closely with a faculty mentor.
The physics department is pleased to welcome two new faculty members. Peter Olmsted has joined us as the Joseph Semmes Ives Professor of Physics, and Emanuela Del Gado has been appointed Associate Professor of Physics. Prof. Olmsted, who was previously a faculty member at the University of Leeds, is a theorist who studies the physics of soft matter and biological materials. Prof. Del Gado comes to us from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). She uses computational and analytical tools of statistical physics to study properties of disordered materials.
Professor Freericks is part of a team that published a study on how metals relax after an intense laser is shone on them. The paper is published in the new on-line journal Physical Review X and can be found at 10.1103/PhysRevX.3.041033.
The popular summary of the article follows:
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.