Month: March 2017

Impressions from the Spring Meeting of the German Physics Society 2017 #DPGDD17

Last week from March 19th to 24th I attended the annual Spring Meeting of the Condensed Matter Section of the German Physics Society 2017 in Dresden. The new hot topics in this field currently are perovskite materials for solar cells, micro-swimmers, medical and biological applications of hydrogels and bio imaging. I was particularly interested to ...

Fundamental Symmetries of the Early Universe and the Origin of Matter

This week I hosted Prof. Michael Ramsey-Musolf, Director of the Amherst Center for Fundamental Interactions,  who was visiting from UMass.-Amherst to give the MSU P&A Colloquium on “Fundamental Symmetries of the Early Universe and the Origin of Matter.” Abstract: Explaining why the universe contains more matter than antimatter remains an open problem at the interface of particle ...

Elementary Particles and Weak Interactions [BNL-443 (T-91)]

This technical note by Lee & Yang, first published in October 1957, is based on a series of lectures given in January 1957. Of particular note is “Section III.4 Static Electric Dipole Moment” on page 17 which indicated, perhaps for the first time, that non-zero EDMs would violate not only parity symmetry and but also ...

Lectures for PHY 451 Advanced Lab

Based on Teaching Students How to Model, I am revising the lectures for the Advanced Lab class (PHY 451). Day 1:  Introduce ourselves & fill out background material (year, classes & labs taken) Syllabus (timeline, grading policy, expectations) Introduction to Learning Goals & Modeling Framework Logbook (which kind, what to write) Description of experiments Choose Lab ...

Teaching Students How to Model

Heather Lewandowski of the University of Colorado, Boulder presented a Colloquium today about her group’s Physics Education Research titled “Engaging Students in Authentic Scientific Practices in Physics Lab Courses.” Her talk focused on how to teach students about models and modeling: which is just one of the four learning goals (modeling, design, communication, and technical lab ...

2017 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum

Six Spinlab undergraduate researchers will be presenting  on our research on April 7 as a part of MSU’s 2017 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. Abstracts (links), titles, and locations for the posters (2) and talks (5) are below. Name: Kate Nezich Title: How to Make Atoms Glow: Characterization of Different LED’S for the Detection of Rare Nuclear Reaction Products ...