2012 Physics Internships at Wesleyan

2012 Physics Internships at Wesleyan

2012 Physics Internships at Wesleyan
Andrew Ferguson 
worked on photoacoustic bioimaging. Andrew reports, "I worked with a process that directs a non-ionizing laser through the skin. The process has the potential to replace ultrasound for viewing organs, cells, and biochemicals of the human body." Dr. Wiest was Andrew's research mentor. The WV Higher Education Policy Commission's SURE Grant program provided funding.

Thomas Holtschneider worked with Dr. Wiest on a Raman spectrometry project in our Electro-Optics Lab. Tom measured bond angles and lengths of new molecules potentially to be used as pharmaceuticals or industrial materials. Funding came from a SURE grant. 

Conor Forrester studied graphene, a new allotrope of carbon that is stronger than steel and conducts heat and electricity better than copper. Connor used X-ray diffraction and a YAG laser with Dr. Popson and Dr. Wiest. Funding was provided by a SURE Grant.

Russell Gillespie used our New Focus tunable laser to study the vibrational motions of vaporized potassium and krypton with Dr. Wiest. The NASA-WV Space Grant Consortium funded the project.

Miranda Lincicome worked on the evolution of the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant. A supernova remnant is what remains after a large star explodes. Maranda compared observations collected from the Hubble Space telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Very Large Array. Dr. DeLaney's NASA grant provided Miranda's funding. 

Jason Neace's project was to study the expansion of the blast wave from Kepler's supernova remnant, which is one of the brightest supernovas in the Milky Way. Jason used DS9 computer software to discover a better understanding of cosmic rays and the evolution of stars. Dr. DeLaney's NASA grant provided Jason's funding.

Casey Rowland performed experimental research on Rutherford backscattering symmetry with Dr. Wiest. Backscattering is based on elastic collisions that occur when charged particles collide with nuclei. Casey's research provided information on the atomic mass and the elemental concentration as a function of depth below the surface of the sample. The SURE program provided Casey's funding.

Jacob Poldruhi and Matt Spicer measured the temperature dependence of the viscosity of shampoos. Viscosity is the frictional opposition to fluid flow. The students used the falling sphere method under the mentorship of Dr. Popson. Funding was provided by the NASA-WV Space Grant Consortium.

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