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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.
Local Research in the News
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.
Artem Rudenko and Daniel Rolles - both affiliated with the university's James R. Macdonald Laboratory - collaborated with researchers at
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University,
Argonne National Laboratory and the
Max Planck Institutes in Germany.
Their publication, "Femtosecond and nanometre visualization of structural dynamics in superheated nanoparticles", appears in Nature Photonics. You may also read the K-State news release.
Professor Abdelhamid El Kaaouachi from the Physics Department of the Ibn Zohr University in Agadir, Morocco received a Fulbright grant to collaborate with Uwe Thumm's group on time-resolved photoelectron emission from metal surfaces and nanoparticles. Prof. El Kaaouachi is an expert in solids-state electronic-structure calculations and will join our department as a Fulbright scholar starting in July 2016.
- Proving the amazing usefulness of an X-ray laser, the LCLS collaboration continues to illuminate new and interesting things. The latest from the group that include Artem Rudenko and Daniel Rolles is the imaging of a virus. See the popular
APS Viewpoint feature or the
Nature News story. This follows on the heels of imaging a live bacteria.
Assistant Professors Artem Rudenko and
Daniel Rolles are part of a collaboration at
LCLS that has just published a paper in
Shapes and vorticities of superfluid helium nanodroplets.
See older press releases concerning ultrafast physics at JRM.
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