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Kansas State University is pleased to announce the formation of a
student chapter of the Optical Society of America (OSA).
Professor Brett DePaola has been selected to receive the 2013
Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Brett brings the "trophy" back to Physics after 10 years.
Past recipients of this award from Physics are Sorensen (2002),
Chakrabarti (2002), and Weaver (2003).
Derrek Wilson, a first year graduate student here in the JRM Lab, has
just been awarded a National Science Foundation
Graduate Research Fellowship.
He will be working with Carlos Trallero on the optics development of the new HITS laser
and will use this laser for ultrafast studies.
The laboratory's office has moved to CW306.
Recent accomplishments of the Kansas State Physics Department are prominently featured in the Fall 2012 issue of
CD Lin has delivered a
on Strong-field Physics and Attosecond Science as an
ETH-FAST Fellow. ETH, the Swiss Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (Federal Institute of
Technology), sponsors the Femtosecond and Attosecond Science and Technology (FAST)
iniative to "act as a seed center to expand ultrafast efforts in physics and other departments,
and to increase the awareness and excitement of ultrafast science".
A team headed by Carlos Trallero has received a National Science Foundation (NSF)
Major Research Infrastructure (MRI) grant.
The team proposes the "Acquisition of a High Intensity Tunable Femtosecond Laser".
The multi-disciplinary, multi-institution team includes co-principal investigators Carlos Trallero,
Itzhak Ben-Itzhak and Matthias Kling of KSU Physics, plus
Eric Wells of Augustana College
and Erwin Poliakoff
of Louisiana State University.
Other team members include Vinod Kumarappan and Kevin
Carnes of KSU Physics, Christopher Elles from the
University of Kansas, and Shuting Lei,
from KSU Industrial Engineering. See the
KSU press release.
February 2013 edition of the
Division of Laser Science newsletter is available.
Local Research in the News
Distinguished Professor CD Lin is on sabbatical in Japan,
where not even earthquakes prevent him from pursuing science! As a JSPS Visiting Fellow, besides doing
collaborative research during his sabbatical leave, he has visited and given seminars
at a number of top "Imperial" universities.
A collaboration of physicists, including our own Artem Rudenko, has used the
Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS)
to find a way to strip most of the electrons from xenon atoms, creating a “supercharged,” strongly positive state
at energies previously thought too low. The LCLS is a new facility at the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
The work, "Ultra-efficient ionization of heavy atoms by intense X-ray free-electron laser pulses" was recently
published by Nature Photonics. It has received a
great deal of attention, including a story on the popular technology site,
A paper from Brett Esry's group entitled "New Class of Three-Body States"
has been selected as a May 2012 Physical Review Letters Editors' Choice.
To promote reading across fields, the editors of Physical Review Letters offer "Suggestions" each week of papers
that they hope will lead readers to explore other areas of physics. The paper has also inspired a
press release from KSU and a
popular news item
Kansas State University
physicists and an
international team of collaborators
have made a breakthrough that improves understanding of
matter-light interactions. Their research allows double ionization
events to be observed at the time scale of attoseconds, which are
one-billionth of a billionth of a second. The physicists have also shown
that these ionization events occur earlier than thought -- a key factor
to improving knowledge of correlated electron dynamics. The work appears
in a recent issue of
See older press releases concerning ultrafast physics at JRM.
Web Site Updates
The Physics department newsletter for 2013 is now available, featuring, among other news,
details of the JRM lab's recent expansion of our ultrafast laser facilities. Read the
entire newsletter or just the
JRM contribution (pdf).
Our annual list of abstracts submitted to
major summer conferences is now available.
Read our many invited and contributed talks to DAMOP, CLEO, HILAS, and ICAP.
In April, Itzik Ben-Itzhak was named a Distinguished Professor. A new feature story and a new
photo gallery were added in recognition of the honor.
Our set of photo galleries documenting our lab
remodeling continued to grow. The galleries are frequently updated as progress is now both visible and swift.
- Download the Acrobat version of
our latest visitor's guide.