Physics Blog

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, March 26, MG 1096, 16:30

    March 20, 2014

    Different Flavors of Superconductivity Adam Kaminski Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University / Ames Lab Superconductivity is an amazing manifestation of quantum mechanics on macroscopic scale. In classical superconductors the pairing of electrons and superconductivity is caused by interactions with lattice vibrations (phonons). Many of the recently discovered superconductors have unusual properties and […]

  • Beyond Physics?

    March 4, 2014

    Taner Edis and Maarten Boudry, “Beyond Physics? On the Prospects of Finding a Meaningful Oracle,” Foundations of Science, 2014, DOI: 10.1007/s10699-014-9349-z.

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, March 5, MG 1096, 16:30

    February 23, 2014

    Applied Physics: Systems Engineering for Physics Majors Ken Myers Raytheon (Truman alum) A degree in physics isn’t just for teaching or research. Physics majors gain technical, problem solving, and communication skills that make them valuable to industry. Systems Engineering is an ideal career path for people with this background. I will be presenting a brief […]

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, February 19, MG 1096, 16:30

    February 14, 2014

    Dissociation of Molecular Ions Studied by Coincidence Mass Spectroscopy Pengqian Wang Department of Physics and Astronomy, Western Illinois University Much of our knowledge on the structure and dynamics of molecules come from the dissociation of molecular ions. In these studies one needs to distinguish different dissociation channels and measure the kinetic energy release of each […]

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, February 12, MG 1096, 16:30

    January 28, 2014

    The End of Miniaturization: Electronic Nanostructures Craig Pryor Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa Modern semiconductor technology allows one to confine and manipulate electrons in structures that are only tens of nanometers in size. From lasers to quantum computers, understanding the theoretical details of electron confinement in nanostructures helps optimize existing devices and […]

  • Distinguished SPS Chapter

    December 5, 2013

    Truman’s Society of Physics Students has been recognized as a “Distinguished SPS Chapter for 2012-13.”

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, December 4, MG 1000, 16:30

    November 14, 2013

    MEMS Capacitors with Dual Cavity for Energy Harvesting Mahmoud Almasri Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Missouri—Columbia A novel electrostatic MEMS capacitors array with dual capacitive cavities for energy harvesting will be presented. The device uses the wasted energy associated with undesirable mechanical vibrations to power microelectronic sensors and actuators widely found in […]

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, November 13, MG 1000, 16:30

    November 5, 2013

    Stimuli Responsive Advanced Functional Materials Reza Montazami Department of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University Micro and nano technologies have emerged as power tools for investigating and controlling the interactions between micro- and nanostructures and their surrounding for fuel cell studies, metal-ion polymer battery developments, biomimetic actuators, and smart skin technology, to name a few. In […]

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, October 30, MG 1000, 16:30

    October 21, 2013

    Undergraduate Summer Research Lauren Liegey, Katherine Maxwell, Francis Afzal Department of Physics, Truman State University There are many opportunities for undergraduate physics majors at all levels to participate in research over the summer. These are through REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) programs, internships at national labs, summer research here at Truman, and other means. Three […]

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, October 16, MG 1000, 16:30

    October 7, 2013

    Using Lithium to study the evolution of stars and the galaxy Barbara J. Anthony-Twarog Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Kansas Astronomers are adept at analyzing the emitted spectrum from stars to constrain their surface temperatures, surface gravities, masses and original chemical compositions. Stars also modify the surface abundance of some elements, sometimes by […]