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October 24, 10 am – 4pm

Small Hall (behind Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall)

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This year’s PhysicsFest theme is

Need for speed (of light)!

Race photons, mix colors, be deceived by optical illusions!


PhysicsFest 2015 Photo Competition!
Send us your best physics-related photos !

 Visit research labs

Have you ever wondered how a research lab really looks? This is your chance to see several physics and applied science labs and talk to people who work there.


Participating scientists - TBA

Seth Aubin – Bose-Einstein Condensates (Room 067)

Todd Averett – Hyperpolarized Gases for Nuclear Physics (Room 167)

Mumtaz Qazilbash  -  Photon spectroscopy (Room 024)

R. Ale Lukaszew – Thin films and nanostructures (Room 030)

Eugeniy Mikhailov – Quantum optics and Atomic Physics (Room 032)

Gunter Luepke – Ultrafast studies of novel materials (Room 064)


Daylight astronomy? Why not! Take a short elevator ride to the roof of Small Hall to see the Sun and planets as you’ve never seen them before.

Want to try your hands on physics experiments? Come to our Physics Playroom!

 Fun hands-on science for everyone from 1 to 101!

Location – Small Hall 122

Open 10am – 4pm

Interactive demonstrations

Guaranteed excitement for all ages. Who knew physics may be so much fun!

Location – Small Hall 110

Demo shows start at 11am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm

Want to know more about cutting-edge science?

Presentations from Physics professors and students

Location – Small Hall 111



Nobel-inspired lecture:

10.30 am 

Patricia Vahle

Neutrinos: A little talk about next to nothing

11.30 am

Seth Aubin

Laser cooling and Atom Lasers

12.30 pm



1.30 pm

Ale Lukaszew

Structural color, metamaterials and plasmons

2.30 pm

Bill Cooke

 Diffuse Optical Tomography

3.30 pm







We will also make liquid nitrogen ice cream – the most natural (and tasty) ice cream you’ve ever tried!

Come join the physics fun!

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