Physics Blog

  • 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 […]

  • Alumnus publishes in PRL – twice

    March 26, 2012

    Truman alumnus, Brian Ruzicka, had two papers published in the past year in the prestigious physics journal Physical Review Letters: Brian A. Ruzicka, Lalani K. Werake, Guowei Xu, Jacob B. Khurgin, E. Ya. Sherman, Judy Z. Wu, and Hui Zhao, “Second-Harmonic Generation Induced by Electric Currents in GaAs”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 077403 (2012) and Lalani K. […]

  • Physics Colloquium Wednesday, March 28, MG 1096, 16:30

    March 21, 2012

    A Wonderful Coincidence: Carnegie, Einstein, Hubble, and Lemaitre Gary L. Cameron Department of History, Iowa State University In the first three decades of the 20th century, four men discovered inconsistencies in current world views. A wealthy and ruthless Scottish-American capitalist found that supporting the arts and sciences had value beyond making personal wealth and power. […]

  • Kevin Satzinger paper

    March 11, 2012

    Kevin Satzinger, current Truman Physics senior, was co-author on an article that just came out in Nanotechnology, “High spatial resolution Kelvin probe force microscopy with coaxial probes,” based on his previous summer REU work.

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