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Mohammed Z Tahar, Professor of the Brockport Physics Department, attended and presented a poster at the 27th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics (LT27) which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina from August 6 to August 13, 2014. The poster was titled "Electronic and Thermodynamic Properties of Sn and SbI3 Doped Single Crystal p-Bi2Te3", and is a result of measurements done at Brockport on materials from Baikov Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science and in collaboration with colleagues at Polytechnical University of St. Petersburg. LT27 was the first LT conference held in South America. The work was accepted for publication as a paper in the Journal of Physics: Conference Series.

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Richard V. Mancuso Summer Scholarship awarded to Kasey Hogan

The Department of Physics is pleased to announce the following recipients of 2014 Undergraduate Research Awards:

Richard V. Mancuso Summer Research Award in Physics:  

Kasey Hogan, “Quasar Emission Line Variability from Hubble Space Telescope Archive Data." Faculty advisor: Professor Eric Monier

Brockport Physics Summer Research Award:

Matthew Andrews, “Investigation of Noether's Theorem." Faculty advisor: Professor Stanley F. Radford

The Department of Physics is also pleased to announce the following REU awards:

Daniel Burdette,
Michigan State University
Amanda Landcastle, University of Illinois
Heather Lavallee, College of William and Mary

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Six Brockport Students present at RSPS XXXIII

Six Brockport Physics students presented papers at the Rochester Society of Physics Students meeting on April 5, 2014, at The University of Rochester. The students and their talks were:

Robert O. Chancia-"Quasar Variability Measurements in Hubble Space Telescope Archive Data"
Jonathan Delehanty-"Black Body Spectrometer"
Stephen Doud-"Optical Faraday Effect"
Thomas Loughlin-"Principles of Lock-in Detection"
Natalie Mundt-"X-ray Diffraction of Thin Indium Film"
Colby W. Raymond-"Quantized Conductance of Metal Nano Contacts"

The research reported by the students is based on work for their Senior Research projects. The Physics Project Seminar is the capstone course in the Department of Physics. This two-semester course requires senior Physics majors to investigate a topic under the guidance of a Physics Faculty member. Throughout the project, students report their progress weekly and give talks to the department each semester. The students present a poster at Scholars Day; a talk at an outside conference; and a final extended public talk at Brockport. RSPS is used as the outside conference.

The seniors were accompanied by Physics Majors: Adam Krause, Amanda Landcastle, Alex Sidou and Duncan Wright. Dr. Trevor Johnson-Steigelman, Dr. Eric Monier and Dr. Mohammed Tahar also attended.

The symposium, held on Saturday April 5th, featured about 29 student oral presentations and about 13 posters. Approximately 80 people attended the symposium. The RSPS draws students from across New York State. This year about eleven different schools were represented.

The costs of registration and luncheon for the conference were supported by the Brockport Department of Physics Fund.

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Five Brockport Physics Students Embark on 2013 Summer Research Projects

The Department of Physics is pleased to announce the following recipients of 2013 Undergraduate Research Awards:

Richard V. Mancuso Summer Research Award in Physics:  

Daniel Burdette, “Cosmic Metallicity from Zn-II Selected QSO Absorption Line Systems.” Faculty advisor: Professor Eric Monier

Brockport Foundation Summer Research Award:

Robert Chancia, “Quasar Variability Measurements in Hubble Space Telescope Archive Data.” Faculty advisor: Professor Eric Monier.

Brockport Physics Summer Research Award:

Kathryn Coghlan, "Atomic Force Microscopy of Thin Indium Films.” Faculty Advisor: Professor H. Trevor Johnson-Steigelman.

Kasey Hogan, "RF SQUIDS (Radio Frequency Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices)" Faculty advisor: Professor Mohammed Tahar.

The Department of Physics is also pleased to announce and congratulate the following:

Purdue University Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates:


Amanda Landcastle,
Experimental and Theoretical Studies of the Optical Properties of Semiconductor Nanostructures and Faculty Advisor: Dr. Oana Malis.

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The Department of Physics announces and congratulates the following Summer 2012 Research Award recipients:

Richard V. Mancuso Summer Research Award in Physics:  

Stephanie Hathaway , "X-Ray Characterization of In Films." 

Brockport Foundation Summer Research Award:

Kyle Conine & Jeremy Mehta, "Resistance and Hall Effect Measurements of In Films at Room Temperature." 

Robert Chancia, "Superconductivity/SQUID revival." 

Research done by these students will be supervised by Professors Johnson-Steigelman and Tahar.

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The Department of Physics announces and congratulates the following Summer 2011 Research Award recipients:

Two Brockport Physics Students will be working on research projects this summer. This year’s Mancuso Scholar, LeighAnn Larkin, will be working at the College at Brockport with Dr. Stanley F. Radford on the “Modeling of Light-heavy Quarkonia.” (Due to the Department’s move to temporary quarters, we aren’t able to support our usual contingent of student researchers.) In addition, Alexandria Kuhl was selected to participate in the REU program at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Congratulations to both of these students!

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Fun with Physics Toys at Seymour Library

The Physics Club will present a walk-in program for children ages 4-12 and their parents highlighting the physical principles used in many toys. The program runs from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 26 at the Brockport-Seymour library.

Students from the Physics Club will be presenting Fun with Physics Toys at the Seymour Library from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 26. Each semester, the Physics Club takes toys from the collection of former Department of Physics Chair Richard Mancuso to the library. Children of ages 4-12 and their parents can wander from station to station to see how the toys work and get a chance to try them out. Club members explain the physical principles used by the toys at a level appropriate to the child's age.

This is a drop-in program, so stop by with your children any time between 10:30 and 1:00. The library is located at 161 East Avenue in Brockport. See Flyer here.

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The Department of Physics announces and congratulates the following Summer 2010 Research Award recipients:

Richard V. Mancuso Summer Research Award in Physics:  

Andrew Gaul, "Multi-layer elemental thin film superconductivity."  Faculty advisors: Professors Johnson-Steigelman and Tahar.

Brockport Foundation Summer Research Award:

Paul Bauch, "Thin films and superconductivity."  Faculty advisors: Professors Johnson-Steigelman and Tahar.

LeighAnn Larkin, "Intergalactic MgII absorbers in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey."  Faculty advisor: Professor Monier.

Brockport Physics Summer Research Award:

Jacob Beyer
, "Intergalactic MgII absorbers in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey."  Faculty advisor: Professor Monier.

Kevin Grossman
, "Ferric Chloride intercalated graphite 2-D magnetic and electronic model."  Faculty advisor: Professor Tahar.

The Physics Department would like to announce and congratulate the following:

Michigan State University Physics  Research Experience for Undergraduates:


Alexandria Kuhl
.  Project and faculty advisor TBD.

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Dr. Richard V. Mancuso (1938-2009)

Dr. Richard V. Mancuso (1938 - 2009) passed away early December 15. A member of the Brockport Department of Physics for 40 years, and Department Chairman for 23 years, Richard was a terrific colleague, a dear friend, and mentor to many students over the years. He will be sadly missed.  A memorial service was held on Saturday, December 19, 2009-11 a.m. at SUNY Brockport, Seymour College Union - Ballroom.

In 2008, a fund to support undergraduate student research in physics was created in Richard's honor with a gift from a generous donor.  If you would like to make a contribution to this fund you may do so here .

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Brockport Physics students selected for Summer Research Awards

The inaugural Richard Mancuso Undergraduate Research Award has been awarded  to sophomore Ryan Held.  Ryan, currently a sophomore Physics major, will be working with Dr. Eric Monier on “Intergalactic MgII Absorbers in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.”  The Mancuso award is supported by a gift from Brockport Physics alumnus Christopher Leichtweis.

James Enos, a junior Physics major, has been selected as an award recipient under the new Brockport Foundation Summer Research Grant program.  James will receive a research stipend and housing support for 10 weeks.  James will be working on campus with Drs. Trevor Johnson-Steigelman and Mohammed Tahar on “Testing the Superconducting Properties of Thin Films of Elemental Metals and their Interfaces.”

The Department of Physics Undergraduate Summer Research Award recipient is Andrew Gaul, a sophomore.  The award provides a stipend for 8 -10 weeks of research. Andrew will also receive housing support from the Brockport Foundation program. Andrew will also be working with Drs. Trevor Johnson-Steigelman and Mohammed Tahar on “Testing the Superconducting Properties of Thin Films of Elemental Metals.”

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Brockport students and faculty attend APS New York Section meeting

Several Brockport Physics students and faculty members attended the Spring meeting of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society (NYSS-APS) held April 17-18 at the University of Rochester. Students attending were: Paul Bauch, James Enos, Andrew Gaul, Ryan Held, Kara Richter, and Todd Rutkowski.  Faculty members in attendance were: Trevor Johnson-Steigelman, Eric Monier, Stanley Radford, and Mohammed Tahar.  The meeting consisted of several plenary talks on Physics and Physics-related topics, as well as a student poster session and a banquet.

Two Brockport Physics students presented posters during the Student Poster Session.  James Enos presented his poster “X-ray Diffraction of Co/MgO(111),” summarizing his research with Dr. Trevor Johnson-Steigelman during Summer 2008.  Ryan Held presented his poster “Damped Lyman-Alpha Systems at Low Redshifts” summarizing research performed with Dr. Eric Monier last summer and over the past year.  Both James and Ryan intend to continue their research this summer.

Ryan Held’s poster was awarded 2nd Place in the Undergraduate Division.

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Brockport students and faculty attend Undergraduate Research Day at Syracuse University

On Saturday, November 22, 2008, a group of Physics students and faculty attended Syracuse Undergraduate Research Day at Syracuse University.  Students James Enos, Andrew Gaul, and Ashley Versaggi and faculty members Trevor Johnson-Steigelman and Mohammed Tahar braved wintry conditions to attend the day-long conference.  They were joined by Brockport Physics alumna Samantha Rinaldo (‘08).  James Enos presented a poster “X-ray diffraction of Co/MgO(111).”  The Research Day included talks and posters by undergraduates from throughout upstate New York, talks by Syracuse faculty, and a tour of the research labs at Syracuse University.

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Two Brockport Physics Students awarded Summer Research Grants

Junior James Enos and Sophomore Ryan Held are this year's recipients of Brockport Undergraduate Physics Summer Research awards. James Enos is working with Dr. Trevor Johnson-Steigelman in the area of surface science and x-ray diffraction, while Ryan Held is working with Dr. Eric Monier in the area of quasar spectral characterization.

The awards are in the amount of $3,200.00 and require eight weeks of on-campus research with a Physics faculty mentor. The awards are competitive, and are announced and awarded in the spring of every year.

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Stanley F. Radford, Professor and Chairman of the Brockport Physics Department has been awarded a KITP Scholars Fellowship at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara for the years 2008-2010. The Kavli Institute (KITP), headed by Physics Nobel Laureate David Gross, is one of the premier theoretical physics institutes in the country. The KITP Scholar program was established with the purpose of "supporting the research efforts of faculty at US colleges and universities that are not major research institutions" who have demonstarted "on-going research activity." The award funds a total of three round trips and up to six weeks of local expenses, to be used over a period of up to three years. Dr. Radford plans to begin his Scholar activities with a two-week visit in July 2008.
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Eric Monier, Assistant Professor of the Brockport Physics Department, in collaboration with David Turnshek (PI) and Sandhya Rao at the University of Pittsburgh, has been awarded a grant of $18,630 from NASA for observations with the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) satelite. The proposal, "Measurements of Cosmic Metallicity at Low Redshift Using Damped Lyman-Alpha Systems," was awarded 22 orbits of observing time on GALEX during the current cycle of operations.
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Mohammed Tahar, Associate Professor of the Brockport Physics Department, attended and presented a poster at the 25th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics (LT25) which took place in Amsterdam from August 6 to August 13, 2008. The poster was titled "Transport Properties of Sn and SbI3 Doped Single Crystal p-Bi2Te3", and is a result of measurements done at Brockport on materials from Baikov Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science. This conference was commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the liquification of Helium at Leiden University by Kammerlingh Onnes.

 

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