This is the JRM Lab web site.
If you can read this, your browser is unable to properly import or use
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Please upgrade to a more modern browser.
New content and hot topics in the JRM Lab.
Local Research in the News
For the second time in a month, the CD Lin theory group has published
a paper in the prestigious journal
The latest paper, "Observing the ultrafast buildup of a Fano resonance in the time domain",
is a collaboration with Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics and Vienna University of Technology.
A second collaboration also reports the effect in a
More details and popular explanations can be found in the
Vienna press releases.
JRM grad student Adam Summers and the HITS lasers are the subject of a
Wildcat Watch video
Electrons Shaken, Not Stirred created
by Physics and Journalism undergraduate Tony Williams.
Wildcat Watch is an SGA funded project produced by the Division of Communications and Marketing at K-State. The project is oriented toward informing students about upcoming events and opportunities on campus and in the community of Manhattan.
Our CD Lin and AT Le, in collaboration with the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), have published new findings on molecular imaging in Science. The paper is titled
"Ultrafast electron diffraction imaging of bond breaking in di-ionized acetylene", and is further explained in a
Science Perspective article, a
K-State press release and an
ICFO press release.
JRM graduate student
Bethany Jochim was featured in a
K-State Today profile. The piece focused on her research into using intense lasers to fragment molecules, which
could possibly lead to control of the outcomes of chemical processes one day.
With the help of EPSCoR,
a summer REU student worked with with Artem Rudenko and
Daniel Rolles on
a project titled "Visualizing ultrafast molecular motion in interferometric pump-probe experiments." The project was to build a new interferometer for pump-probe experiments and to analyze the fragmentation patterns of cyclohexadiene (C6H8) from single pulse laser interaction.
hollow-core fiber gas lasers have been invented by Brian Washburn and Kristan Corwin, both associate professors of physics at Kansas State University's College of Arts & Sciences, along with Andrew Jones, a May 2012 doctoral graduate in physics, and Rajesh Kadel, a May 2014 doctoral graduate in physics.
Our National Science Foundation-supported
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program has received additional support for students from Kansas and Nebraska. The support builds on another K-State project. In 2014, Itzhak Ben-Itzhak, university distinguished professor of physics, was co-principal investigator on a project that was awarded $6 million - K-State's share: $2,423,152 - by National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR. Read the
KSU press release for more.
See older press releases concerning ultrafast physics at JRM.
Our Department of Energy grant was renewed! We get to keep working for another three years. Read the full story in the K-State
Utuq Ablikim, graduate research assistant in the James R. Macdonald Laboratory in the physics department, has been awarded an Advanced Light Source Doctoral Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. Read the K-State
press release for more.
Graduate students Adam Summers and Derrek Wilson attended Congressional Visits Day in Washington, DC this Spring. They joined other science and technology cohorts from across the country to educate Congress about the importance of optics and photonics and their impact on the economy. They were invited to attend Congressional Visits Day (CVD) by The Optical Society (OSA), who participated in the event with National Photonics Initiative (NPI) partners. For mere, read the Physics press release.
This Spring Kristan Corwin has been promoted to full professor, and Carlos Trallero to associate professor. Congratulations to both. See the
complete announcement of faculty promotions at Kansas State University.
A postdoc for the Corwin group is a co-author on the LIGO paper announcing the direct observation of gravitational waves. Manasa Thirugnanasambandam, worked on LIGO before joining us at KSU. Read the KSU press release for more.
K-State student Joshua Nelson, junior in physics, Salina, is a Barry M. Goldwater scholar. Nelson is working with Carlos Trallero, assistant professor of physics, in the James R. Macdonald Laboratory, developing new techniques to produce usable high-energy, ultrafast laser pulses. More specifically, they are engineering a method to increase the amount of energy transmitted through a hollow core fiber. The many applications and uses of lasers sparked Nelson's research.
See our Physics department or
University press releases for more info or follow our department's Twitter feed, web or
Uwe Thumm, has received two major awards for his teaching and research. Uwe shared the
Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award
with Kun Yan Zhu, professor of entomology. The award honors Thumm and Zhu for their outstanding scholarly achievements and contributions to graduate education at KSU. Each receives a $2,500 honorarium. The awards are supported by the William T. Kemper Foundation and the Commerce Bancshares Foundation. Uwe then received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award. The Senior Research Award honors the academic and research achievements of the award winner's lifetime.
March 2016 edition of the
Division of Laser Science newsletter is available.
Web Site Updates