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Monday Morning Memo

Here's a brief synopsis of what's going on this week in regards to Physics... and beyond.

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Tuesday September 27, 2016:

You are invited to join the Ithaca College Department of Physics & Astronomy for a talk by Zachary R. Robinson, Department of Physics at SUNY Brockport entitled :

The Surface Science of Graphene Growth

Graphene, which is an atomically thin layer of graphite, was first isolated in 2004 by a research group at the University of Manchester. The discovery initiated a massive research effort into 2-dimensional materials, which have the potential to enable significant improvements in fields like high speed electronics, flexible electronics, transparent conductors, biological sensors, and others. Key to enabling future technology is understanding the physical properties and growth processes of the 2-dimensional materials. Graphene, for instance, can be grown by a variety of different techniques. Sublimation of Si from SiC and chemical vapor deposition on Cu are two such growth techniques, both of which are promising due to their ability to be scaled up to a manufacturing environment. In this talk, I will introduce some of the techniques used by surface scientists as they apply to my research studying the physical properties of the 2-dimensional material graphene.   

CNS 112
12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pizza & refreshments will be provided for $1 Please bring your own cup. Remember to Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.


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Tuesday Sept. 13:

Please join the Ithaca College department of Physics & Astronomy for a talk by Dr. Steven Penn, Department of Physics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges entitled: How LIGO Detects Gravitational Waves

The detection of gravitational waves — 100 years after Einstein predicted their existence — is a major milestone in Physics.  The observation of the coalescence of two black holes marks the dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy.  Yet equally as impressive is the confluence of experimental techniques that allows LIGO to achieve a length precision that is 10,000 times smaller than a proton.  I will discuss the GW detection, how LIGO works, and why we must increase its sensitivity another factor 10.  

Steven Penn is a Professor of Physics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  He received his PhD in nuclear physics from MIT, and then migrated to gravitational physics as a postdoc.  He has been a member of the LIGO Science Collaboration (LSC)  since its founding  He currently chairs the LSC’s research on mirror coating thermal noise.  

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
CNS 112  
Cookies and coffee provided. Please bring your own cup. Remember to reuse, reduce, and recycle.

Friday September 16:

Annual Picnic! 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at the Upper picnic shelter at Buttermilk Falls State Park

Food, Games, FUN!!


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Jared Saltzman, '17: Neutral post-instruction responses on the Maryland Physics Expectation Survey

Tues., April 26, 2016
CNS 204 @ 12:10 p.m.

Pizza and Refreshments will be available for $1.
Please bring your own cup.
Remember to Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.


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Please Join us for a talk with John Miles, Integration and Test Lead at the Giant Magellan Telescope entitled:

Adventures in Astronomical Instrumentation, from Ground, Air, and Space

Dr. Miles learned about telescopes and science instruments at Cornell. In 1993 he left Ithaca to seek his fortune in the world of space telescopes and science instruments. The path he found has led him (so far!) through five large telescope projects. He will describe the interesting new technologies he found at each telescope, and what new science was enabled by them. He will talk about why he went to each one, how he convinced the people at those telescopes that they needed him, and what he learned there. He will give his perspective on the variety of talent and expertise that are needed to make these large projects possible and successful.

Dr. John Miles is currently the integration and test lead at the Giant Magellan Telescope. His experience is in space mission systems engineering, science instrument integration and test, mission architecture, and mission operations. Formerly, he was the science instrument development manager for the SOFIA airborne observatory, integration and test manager for the NIRCam science instrument on the James Webb Space Telescope, and systems engineer on the Solar Dynamics Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope. He carried out his Ph.D. work in the Cornell Astronomy Department, where he built an infrared spectrograph for the Palomar 200 inch telescope.

Tuesday April 19 at 12:10 in CNS 206B
Pizza & refreshments available for $1
Remember to bring your own cup - Reuse, reduce, recycle


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Tuesday April 5:

Please join us as Majors in the Department of Physics and Astronomy give talks on their summer research:

Jonathan Smucker ’16: Measuring the Temperature of the Ithaca College MOT

Amy Parker ‘17: Creating a Recipe for Strontium Titanate 110 

Duncan Allen

Tues., April 5, 2016
CNS 204 @ 12:10 p.m.
Pizza and Refreshments will be available for $1.
Please bring your own cup.
Remember to Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.


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