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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Monday, April 4, 2011:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011:


Physics Seminar Series - Spring 2011

Please join us for a talk by Senior Thesis Students:

Sarah Burleson: Finding the Critical Exponent γ for a Binary Fluid Mixture Using Critical Phenomena and the Scattering of Light

Kevin Hurley: Archaeogeophysical Survey of an 18th Century Manor House in the Mohawk River Valley

Judith Olson: Construction and Characterization of a Magneto-Optical Trap (MOT)

All seminars will be held in CNS 204 at 12:10 (unless otherwise indicated). Pizza and refreshments will be available for $1. Remember to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Please bring your own cup.

Wednesday April 6, 2011:

Thursday, April 7, 2011:

Friday, April 8, 2011:


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Monday, March 28, 2011:

Tuesday, March 29, 2011:

Physics Seminar Series - Spring 2011

Please join us for a talk by Dr. Ann Silversmith of Hamilton College

Synthesis and spectroscopy of rare earth based glasses:

Solution-gelation (“sol-gel”) synthesis is a low-temperature approach to making glass. In our research we incorporate rare earth (RE) ions as impurities in SiO2 sol-gel glass and study the optical behavior of the glasses. Sol-gel glasses have potential applications as laser media and solid-state phosphors, but several fluorescence quenching mechanisms must first be understood and then minimized. In this talk I will present results from several studies by our group that have focused on the role of aluminum additives to increase fluorescence yield. Sol-gel glasses are porous materials, and we have developed a new technique - Post Annealing Immersion – to study the locations of RE ions within the pore structure under different synthesis conditions.

Ann Silversmith specializes in looking at laser spectroscopy of rare earths in insulating solids. In 1989, Silversmith joined the Hamilton College faculty after completing a Ph.D. at the Australian National University and doing post-doctoral work at the IBM Almaden Research Center. Silversmith introduced laser spectroscopy, an aspect of physics easily accessible to students, to the Hamilton Physics Department and has supervised more than 30 research students. Two of her student collaborators were named finalists for the Apker Award, given annually by the American Physical Society for excellence in undergraduate research. Silversmith specializes in developing new laser materials that would be useful in the solid state laser industry and is currently investigating the spectroscopy of rare earth doped sol-gel glasses. Her research has been funded by the Research Corporation and National Science Foundation. Silversmith's recent papers have appeared in the Journal of Noncrystallized Solids and the Journal of Luminescence.

All seminars will be held in CNS 204 at 12:10 (unless otherwise indicated). Pizza and refreshments will be available for $1. Remember to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Please bring your own cup.

Wednesday March 30, 2011:

Thursday, March 31, 2011:


Friday, April 1, 2011:


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Monday, March 21, 2011:


Please join the Physics Department Monday, March 21, 2011 from
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM in Emerson Suites for a talk with Gavin Schmidt,
a climate modeller at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
in New York and co-author of "Climate Change: Picturing the
Science" published by W. W. Norton (2009).

"Climate Change: Picturing the Science"

How do we know what we know about climate change? 
Climate science connects meteorology, oceanography, 
mathematics and history in order to explain what has 
happened in the past, what is happening now and what 
we might expect for the future. In this presentation, 
Gavin Schmidt pulls together images from all around 
the world that illustrate how scientists go about 
this task and what they have learned so far. He will 
explore both the implications and the limitations of 
that knowledge, and what that means for the human 
impact on climate into the future. Join us for a look 
at one of the most important issues of our time!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011:

PER Workshop for Faculty at noon today


Wednesday March 23, 2011:

Thursday, March 24, 2011:

Friday, March 25, 2011:

Public Viewing Night, Friday, March 25th from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

You are invited to join the Ithaca College Department of Physics for a Public Viewing of the night sky at the Clinton B. Ford Observatory Friday, March 25th from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Attending a Public Night
To attend a public night, just show up at the vehicle 'turn around' in front of the entrances of Smiddy Hall and CHS (F lot side).  A shuttle van will make regular runs to convey people up to the observatory and back down. There is no parking available at the observatory and the access road is NOT lighted, so please do not walk up.

Bad Weather Plan
The "go/no-go" decision for any public night will be made at 3:30 p.m. on the scheduled date. Our web page and the recorded message at the observatory will be updated shortly thereafter to reflect the decision for that evening. If you check our site or call the observatory at 274-3012 after about 4:00 p.m. (to give us time to post an update) you will get the final decision for that evening.

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