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Kansas State University physicists and computer scientists are involved in a collaborative project to understand how light interacts with matter. Our Itzik Ben-Itzhak is a co-principal investigator on the multimillion-dollar project, "Imaging and Controlling Ultrafast Dynamics of Atoms, Molecules, and Nanostructures". The project involves nine researchers at K-State as well as researchers at the University of Kansas and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, recently supported the project with a three-year, $6 million award. The grant is developing a regional Nebraska-Kansas consortium to understand how ultrafast laser technologies influence photonics and electronics.
- Our students continue to excel. Adam Summers has been awarded a National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) fellowship. This is a highly competitive fellowship with 200 awardees selected from over 3000 applicants. Adam also received an honorable mention in the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
Meanwhile, Mary Harner placed first in the Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences Session of the K-State Research Forum,
receiving a $500 scholarship award.
Mohammad Zohrabi will be awarded the Physics Department's Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher prize.
Mohammad will present a poster on his research Thursday, May 8, in the department.
- Not to be outshone by the students, our technical staff has also garnered accolades.
For his productivity, creativity and innovation, Al Rankin won the 2014 K-State President's Award of Excellence for Unclassified Professionals.
Uwe Thumm, professor of physics,
has been appointed Femtosecond and Attosecond Science and Technology (FAST) fellow at the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology. The Swiss center is an interdisciplinary research program launched by the Swiss National Science Foundation in 2010.
Scientists at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source, including our own Artem Rudenko, used an optical laser to orient molecules along a common axis, like a compass needle to a magnet, and then used X-ray laser pulses to explore structural details.
See older press releases concerning ultrafast physics at JRM.
April 2014 edition of the
Division of Laser Science newsletter is available.
Congratulations to Vinod Kumarappan, who has earned tenure and the title of Associate Professor. See Kansas State's
list of promotions for the Spring of 2014 for the complete story.
Experimental and theoretical physicists from around the world gathered at
Kansas State University Nov. 4-6 for an Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, or ITAMP, Workshop.
This workshop is a joint venture between Harvard University and the James R. Macdonald Laboratory in K-State's physics department.
Artem Rudenko has received the VUVX Conference Award
"for his exceptional contributions to laser and X-ray science in atomic and molecular physics. Using ultra-short and phase stabilized
laser pulses and Free-Electron Lasers, he has been the driving force for benchmark experiments from the VUV to the X-ray regime."
The VUVX Conference Award recognizes outstanding experimental and/or theoretical
contributions to the scientific areas of relevance to this conference series, ranging from condensed matter studies to gas-phase and
cluster research. It is to be awarded to a scientist in mid-career, who has made significant contributions to the field over the past
decade or more.
Kansas State University is pleased to announce the formation of a
student chapter of the Optical Society of America (OSA).
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