Physics Blog

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, February 6, MG 1096, 16:30

    January 28, 2013

    Magnetic field effects in organic semiconductors: from touch screen displays to bird navigation Markus Wohlgenannt Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa Organic semiconductors are electrically conducting plastic materials, whose main applications are as display pixels as well as plastic solar cells. We show that these materials are however also promising as magnetic field […]

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, January 23, MG 1096, 16:30

    January 6, 2013

    Neural Networks vs. Self-Consistent Field Equations In Ab Initio Simulations Paul Rulis Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Missouri – Kansas City This presentation presents an exploration of an alternate method for calculating accurate total energies of complex defect containing solids that is based on machine learning. Within the ab initio orthogonalized linear combination […]

  • Women In Physics student group at public library

    November 29, 2012

    Our own Women in Physics organization was prominently featured on the front page of November 28’s Kirksville Daily Express, due to a demonstration event they performed at the Adair County Public Library. (Story / Photos)

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, November 28, MG 1000, 16:30

    November 15, 2012

    Investigating interfacial phenomena at the micro/nanoscale to enhance engineering of surfaces Sriram Sundararajan Department of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University Engineering research aims to study various phenomena of interest with the aim of leveraging the understanding gained in realizing technological solutions for a given need. Mechanical engineering research broadly addresses phenomena associated with forces and […]

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, November 14, MG 1000, 16:30

    November 8, 2012

    Circuits Of Vision: Dynamics Of Seeing Ralf Wessel Department of Physics, Washington University, St. Louis Arguably the biggest goal of modern neuroscience is to gain a deeper and more complete understanding of strongly correlated neural systems, also known as microcircuits. A striking phenomenon of strongly correlated neural systems is visual perception, where a convincing microscopic […]

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, October 31, MG 1000, 16:30

    October 22, 2012

    Mathematical God, Heavenly Physics Ronald Bieniek Department of Physics, Missouri University of Science and Technology For two and a half millennia, the mode and direction of inquiry into the physical world has been strongly influenced by visions of a rational, mathematical God. Much of this can be traced to the discovery by Pythagoras of the […]

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, October 17, MG 1000, 16:30

    October 15, 2012

    Computer Simulations of the Biomechanics and Hydrodynamics of Lunge Feeding by Rorqual Whales – A Physicist’s Explorations Into the World of Zoology Jean Potvin Department of Physics, Saint Louis University Lunge feeding is a strategy employed by rorqual whales (such as the blue and humpback whales) to catch in only one gulp a large amount […]

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, October 3, MG 1000, 16:30

    September 8, 2012

    Electromagnetic Sensing for Nondestructive Materials Characterization Nicola Bowler Department of Materials Science and Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Center for Nondestructive Evaluation Iowa State University We rely on materials in all aspects of daily living; in structures, vehicles, manufacturing processes, security and energy generation. In some instances, failure of a material can have […]

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, September 5, MG 1000, 16:30

    August 29, 2012

    Study of water diffusion on single-supported bilayer lipid membranes by neutron scattering Haskell Taub Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Missouri — Columbia Neutron scattering and molecular dynamics simulations have been used to elucidate the diffusion of water molecules associated with single bilayer lipid membranes supported on a silicon substrate. This system serves as […]

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, April 11, MG 1096, 16:30

    April 10, 2012

    Photorefractive Polymers: Amalgamation of Organic Chemistry, Solid State Physics and Optics Mohammad Samiullah Physics Department, Truman State University In recent years, considerable progress has been made in developing organic materials for Opto-electronics and photonics, driven by the prospect of manufacturing flexible, low-cost devices. In many organic photoconductors the refractive index may be modified by an […]