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    SouthEastern Section of the American Physical Society at the University of South Carolina Her talk Effect of Particle Shape on Stress Strain Measurements of Granular Materials describes the results of her research in the Daniels Nonlinear Lab NC State Receives APS Award 2014 9 30 The American Physical Society s Committee on Education has named the NC State Department of Physics one of the four recipients of the 2015 Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education This award seeks to recognize physics departments that are commitmented to inclusive high quality physics education for all undergraduate students The Department of Physics at NC State University has a long tradition of providing students with a rigorous traditional undergraduate physics education meant to prepare students for top graduate schools Our success is our students In the past two years we have awarded 71 Bachelor Degrees five of our physics majors have recieved prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships to continue their education in graduate school and two have been named Goldwater Scholars Daniels named JSMF Scholar 2014 8 4 NC State Physics Professor Karen Daniels has received a Scholar Award in Complex Systems from the James S McDonnell Foundation Founded in 1950 by aerospace pioneer James S McDonnell the Foundation was established to improve the quality of life and does so by contributing to the generation of new knowledge through its support of research and scholarship The CS program s emphasis is furthering the science of complex systems via the continued development of the theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions and not on particular fields of research per se The Scholar Award comes with six years of research funding Beichner Hubisz named AAPT Fellows 2014 7 29 NC State Physics Professors Robert Beichner and John Hubisz were named to the inaugural cohort of Fellows of the American Association of Physics Teachers The AAPT Executive Board approved a motion in January 2014 to create the AAPT Fellow Award and the inaugural cohort of fellows was announced at the annual AAPT meeting in Minneapolis The criterion for selection of Fellows is exceptional contribution to the mission of the AAPT to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one s professional peers Fallest Coaches US to Gold and Silver 2014 7 29 Coach David Fallest travelled with the US Physics Team to the International Physics Olympiad in Astana Kazakhstan in July The U S team tied for third place in the overall medal count with three gold and two silver medals China Taiwan and Korea tied for first place with five gold medals Thailand came in second place with four gold medals and one silver medal www aapt org physicsteam 2014 Gail McLaughlin Elected APS Councilor 2014 7 11 The 2014 APS general election has ended and the results are in NC State Physics Professor Gail McLaughlin has been elected General Councilor of the American Physical Society Dr McLaughlin currently serves on the Editorial Board for Journal of Physics G chairs the Advisory Committee for the Institute of Nuclear Theory and has served on various APS committees Her two year term on the Council the main governing body of the APS begins January 1 2015 PY Major named Astronaut Scholar 2014 5 25 Mia de los Reyes a rising third year physics major has received a scholarship for 2014 2015 from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation She is one of 22 students in the country majoring in science technology engineering and math STEM to receive 10 000 each to support their studies The Astronaut Scholarship is the largest monetary award given in the United States to undergraduate STEM students based solely on merit The chosen scholars exhibit motivation imagination and exceptional performance in these fields The Foundation was created in 1984 by the six surviving members of America s Mercury 7 astronauts to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships for college students who exhibit motivation imagination and exceptional performance in the science or engineering field of their major What began as seven 1 000 scholarships in ASF s first year has now grown to nearly 3 5 million in scholarships total awarded Astronauts from every phase of American space exploration now participate in this endeavor and so far have supported more than 300 students NC State work highlighted by AVS 2014 5 5 A recent publication by NC State Physics graduate student Jiuyang Wang and his advisor Professor Dan Dougherty was selected for the Publications Highlights by the American Vacuum Society Their paper Extrinsic origins of electronic disorder in 2D organic crystals published in JVSTB describes their use of an STM to examine the electronic states of individual molecules in organic semiconductors Jiuyang Wang received his Ph D at the May 2014 graduation ceremony Hubble Fellow Coming to NC State 2014 5 2 Evan O Connor has received one of 17 Hubble Fellowships from NASA and will be bringing his fellowship to NC State to work with faculty in the astrophysics group on core collapse supernovae Evan will be coming to Raleigh from the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics coincidently he is a native of Prince Edward Island He obtained his Ph D from CalTech in 2012 where he developed computational methods for relativistic astrophysical systems Complementary to observations of the exteriors of progenitors of core collapse supernovae are observations that probe the interior of massive stars at the end of their lives One potential channel available to probe the interior structure of stars at the epoch of core collapse is direct observations of core collapse supernova neutrinos gravitational waves and nucleosynthetic yields At NC State Evan will use the results of multi dimensional neutrino radiation hydrodynamic simulations of core collapse to explore the connection between these observables and the interior structure of core collapse progenitors with the goal of constraining stellar evolution with the next galactic core collapse supernova The Hubble Fellowship Program supports outstanding postdoctoral scientists whose research is broadly related to NASA Cosmic Origins scientific goals as addressed by any of the missions in that program the Herschel Space Observatory Hubble Space Telescope HST James Webb Space Telescope JWST Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy SOFIA and the Spitzer Space Telescope Physics Majors Win UGRS Poster Competition 2014 4 19 Physics majors Mia de los Reyes and Alex Mauney were recognized for their outstanding poster presentations at the 2014 NC State Undergraduate Research Symposium held on April 14 at the McKimmon Center Other physics students presenting their research included Robert Younts Michael Kerley Ken Sellers Yang Ho Seven Corley Nathan Sherrill Sara Berry and Josh McKenney Alex Mauney won for his poster describing his research on The Effect of Particle Shape on the Density of Acoustic Modes in Granular Materials Alex worked this past year in Professor Karen Daniels Research lab after spending last summer doing similar research in Germany through the DAAD RISE program Mia de los Reyes won for two different posters and she won last year Her poster on The Relationship Between Stellar Mass Gas Metallicity and Star Formation Rate for Halpha Selected Galaxies at z 0 8 describes her research last summer at the Space Telescope Science Institute working with Chun Ly and Janice Lee Her poster on Investigating the Dynamics of a Folded Polymer Tube describes her work over the past year in Professor Karen Daniels lab Ade Group Publishes in Nature Photonics 2014 4 7 Former NC State postdoc John Tumbleston and collaborators from the Ade research group and from UNC Chapel Hill published a paper April 6 in Nature Photonics The influence of molecular orientation on organic bulk heterojunction solar cells New research from North Carolina State University and UNC Chapel Hill reveals that energy is transferred more efficiently inside of complex three dimensional organic solar cells when the donor molecules align face on rather than edge on relative to the acceptor This finding may aid in the design and manufacture of more efficient and economically viable organic solar cell technology Organic solar cell efficiency depends upon the ease with which an exciton the energy particle created when light is absorbed by the material can find the interface between the donor and acceptor molecules within the cell At the interface the exciton is converted into charges that travel to the electrodes creating power While this sounds straightforward enough the reality is that molecules within the donor and acceptor layers can mix cluster into domains or both leading to variances in domain purity and size which can affect the power conversion process Moreover the donor and acceptor molecules have different shapes and the way they are oriented relative to one another matters This complexity makes it very difficult to measure the important characteristics of their structure NC State physicist Harald Ade UNC Chapel Hill chemist Wei You and collaborators from both institutions studied the molecular composition of solar cells in order to determine what aspects of the structures have the most impact on efficiency In this project the team used advanced soft X ray techniques to describe the orientation of molecules within the donor and acceptor materials By manipulating this orientation in different solar cell polymers they were able to show that a face on alignment between donor and acceptor was much more efficient in generating power than an edge on alignment A face on orientation is thought to allow favorable interactions for charge transfer and inhibit recombination or charge loss in organic solar cells Ade says though precisely what happens on the molecular level is still unclear NuSTAR Satellite Reveals Supernova Structure 2014 4 2 A new and powerful satellite has given researchers a way to see into the dark interiors of supernovae Their observations of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A shed more light on the mechanics of these explosions The new Cas A images give us new information about not only the elements that are created in a supernova but the structure of these giant explosions says Stephen Reynolds NC State astrophysicist member of a team of scientists helping interpret data collected by the NuSTAR satellite and co author of a paper describing the research These data will help us refine our models of these explosions to be more consistent with what actually happens when a star explodes Researchers from the California Institute of Technology developed NuSTAR Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope ARray the first X ray satellite capable of making true images of more energetic or harder X rays including those produced by radioactive titanium Unlike the X rays described above which show material that is hot radioactive titanium glows in X rays no matter what making it visible wherever it is In a paper published today in Nature CalTech and Berkeley researchers detail their findings from Cas A Physics majors awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships 2014 4 2 The National Science Foundation NSF has announced this year s recipients of Graduate Research Fellowships GRF which includes three students from the NC State Physics program Khalida Hendricks Alex Mauney and Anne Watson The 2013 GRF class included NC State Physics alumni Mary Burkey and Adam Keith Since 1952 Wes Doggett received a GRF in that first year NSF has provided fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering With its emphasis on support of individuals GRFP offers fellowship awards directly to graduate students selected through a national competition The GRFP provides three years of financial support within a five year fellowship period for graduate study that leads to a research based master s or doctoral degree Ade Group Publishes in Advanced Materials 2014 3 28 Research from Harald Ade s group reveals that solar cell efficiency is based upon a delicate balance between the size and purity of the interior layers or domains These findings may lead to better designs and improved performance in organic solar cells Polymer based solar cells are intended to have two domains consisting of an electron acceptor and an electron donor material Solar cell efficiency is based upon several factors the ease with which excitons the energy particles created by solar cells when light is absorbed can travel to the interface of the donor and acceptor domains while retaining as much of the light s energy as possible and once the charges are separated from the excitons how efficiently separated charges travel to the device electrodes for collection In reality however these domains are not separate and pure and there can end up being many more than two Current processing methods create a complex multi domain structure which impacts all of the factors involved in the solar cell s efficiency NC State physicist Harald Ade and collaborators wanted to find out exactly how the solar cell s complex structure impacts its performance Using advanced soft X ray techniques Ade and colleagues from the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that the domains mixed in unusual and sometimes contradictory ways The paper titled Quantification of Nano and Mesoscale Phase Separation and Relation to Donor and Acceptor Quantum Efficiency Jsc and FF in Polymer Fullerene Solar Cells appears in Advanced Materials Aspnes named Fellow of NAI 2014 3 28 Professor David Aspnes was named to the 2013 class of Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life economic development and the welfare of society Mia de los Reyes named Goldwater Scholar 2014 3 21 Mia de los Reyes a physics and mathematics double major at NC State University was named a 2014 Goldwater Scholar She is one of three Goldwater Scholars from NC State this year Alwin Mao was also named a Goldwater Scholar Alwin is a UC Berkely student who participated with Mia in the NC State Undergraduate Research in Computational Astrophysics program during the summer of 2012 The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman including 30 years of service in the U S Senate The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields This year s Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1 166 mathematics science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide Each institution is allowed to submit up to four nominations Previous NC State Physics majors who have received the Goldwater Scholarship include Cody Melton Derek Justice Justin Brockman and Patrick Bowen Dean Lee describes shape of oxygen 16 2014 3 13 Oxygen 16 one of the key elements of life on earth is produced by a series of reactions inside of red giant stars Now a team of physicists including one from North Carolina State University has revealed how the element s nuclear shape changes depending on its state even though other attributes such as spin and parity don t appear to differ Their findings may shed light on how oxygen is produced Carbon and oxygen are formed when helium burns inside of red giant stars Carbon 12 forms when three helium 4 nuclei combine in a very specific way called the triple alpha process and oxygen 16 is the combination of a carbon 12 and another helium 4 nucleus Although physicists knew what oxygen 16 was made of they were still puzzled by the fact that both the ground and first excited states of the element had zero spin and positive parity A similar situation occurs in carbon 12 with the ground state and second zero spin state known as the Hoyle state At room temperature only the ground state of oxygen 16 is seen due to the very cold temperature compared to nuclear energies But the excited states of oxygen 16 become important for the helium burning reactions inside stars Lee with colleagues Evgeny Epelbaum Hermann Krebs Timo Laehde and Ulf G Meissner had previously developed a new method for describing all the possible ways that protons and neutrons can bind with one another inside nuclei such as carbon 12 and the Hoyle state They used an approach called effective field theory formulated on a complex numerical lattice that allows the researchers to run simulations that show how particles interact and so reveal the structure of the nuclei In this work the same team plus Mississippi State physicist Gautam Rupak found their lattice revealed that although both the ground and first excited states of oxygen 16 look the same in terms of spin and parity they are in fact quite different structurally In the ground state the protons and neutrons are arranged in a tetrahedral configuration of four alpha clusters containing two protons and two neutrons each For the first excited state the alpha clusters are arranged in a square The results appear online March 12 in Physical Review Letters Carla Frölich named Cottrell Scholar 2014 2 28 Dr Carla Fröhlich assistant professor in the Department of Physics has been named a 2014 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement RCSA for her proposal The Origin of the Heaviest Nuclei in the Universe The Cottrell Scholar program only accepts 10 percent of applicants its award winners are elite chemists and physicists from around the country The main goal of the program is to promote and support the university scholar model in which faculty members consistently demonstrate excellent research programs and innovative approaches to student learning at the undergraduate level Fröhlich s research interests lie in theoretical nuclear astrophysics focusing on the origin of the elements Her work includes studying

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  • NC State Physics
    Physics Research at NC State NC State supports a broad range of research topics that are being vigorously pursued by faculty and students alike Click the Labs link above to familiarize yourself with the many research labs NC State Physics has to offer Follow the links to the right to explore the many research areas linking to their respective main sites From each faculty members link you ll find recent Publications sorted by date including student authored papers To find out how students are getting involved click Undergraduate Research As a Research I institution NC State boasts a wide variety of cutting edge research The Physics Department plays a major role in this effort as its faculty engages in research ranging from basic to applied from the nano scale to the cosmic scale from table top experiments to monumental team efforts and from pure theory to concrete experiment The department offers research opportunities spanning an educational range from summer high school internships to undergraduate programs to graduate thesis and dissertation research to post doctoral fellowships All research programs are based on the philosophy that one learns best by doing and that a complete academic program must involve research The success of the Physics Department is based on excellent facilities an outstanding research faculty and a continuing record of strong support Research on the NC State campus is undertaken in the department s 60 000 square feet of space on both the main campus and at the university s new Centennial Campus Current external research includes for example efforts at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory The Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory The Advanced Photon Source the Spellation Neutron Source and the KamLAND Neutrino Telescope The Physics Department at NCSU consists of 45 faculty members and some 110 graduate students with additional technical

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    Women in Physics Department About Us Welcome Our History Faculty Awards Maps News Events Events Colloquia News Archive Operations Who to See About IT Support Calendars Forms Files Astrophysics Faculty John Blondin Kazimierz Borkowski David Brown Donald Ellison Carla Frohlich Jim Kneller Gail McLaughlin Stephen Reynolds Research in Astrophysics Theoretical modeling and numerical simulations of supernovae and remnants gamma ray bursts gravitational radiation from supernovae and colliding black holes accretion

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    Tutorial Services Distance Education Demo Room People Faculty Directory Graduate Students Administration Women in Physics Department About Us Welcome Our History Faculty Awards Maps News Events Events Colloquia News Archive Operations Who to See About IT Support Calendars Forms Files Faculty Members Jason Bochinski John Thomas Albert Young Research in Atomic Molecular Physics Laser polarization of atomic vapors atom trapping Cross sections and resonances of electron atom collisions interactions of

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    Services Distance Education Demo Room People Faculty Directory Graduate Students Administration Women in Physics Department About Us Welcome Our History Faculty Awards Maps News Events Events Colloquia News Archive Operations Who to See About IT Support Calendars Forms Files Faculty Members Keith Weninger Robert Riehn Hong Wang Shuang Fang Lim Laura Clarke Karen Daniels Hans Hallen Research in Biophysics Nanoprobe tools for signal pathway investigations in cellular biology absorption spectroscopy

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