Welcome to the February 2012 Newsletter Spring has arrived early in Durham! As the daffodils bloom and the birds start their spring chorus, members o

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Welcome to the February 2012 Newsletter

Spring has arrived early in Durham! As the daffodils bloom and the birds start their spring chorus, members of Duke Physics have produced a bumper crop of papers, grants, talks, and fellowships. Check out our newsletter for the latest news, and be sure to let us know if you have news to share.

Do you have news? Please send your updates to the News Team.

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Faculty News

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Prof. Ayana Arce Receives Career Enhancement Fellowship

 
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Prof. Nicolas Buchler Receives DARPA Funding

 
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Prof. Patrick Charbonneau Published in PRL

 
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Prof. Haiyan Gao's Medium Energy Physics Group publishes paper in Physical Review Letters

Click the images above to read more about each story. | Read more faculty news here.

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Student News

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l-r: Jonah Bernhard, Meg Shea, Kristen Collar and Timm von Puttkamer

The First Year in the Graduate Program at Duke Physics

What do first-year graduate students like about Duke Physics? We asked Jonah Bernhard, Meg Shea, Kristen Collar and Timm von Puttkamer this question in an interview about their experience thusfar in the Duke Physics Department. Read the story here.

Optics Group Featured in PRL, and Graduate Student Seth Cohen Interviewed Prof. Daniel Gauthier, postdoc Hugo Calvalcante and graduate student Seth Cohen‘s paper “Subwavelength Position Sensing Using Nonlinear Feedback and Wave Chaos” was recently published in Physics Review Letters. The article was selected as an editor’s suggestion and Cohen was interviewed by Duke Today. The story is featured on the Duke Research Blog. You can read “Chaos puts a path on nanoparticles” here or download it from Physorg.com here.

Graduate student Hung-Ming Tsai’s Figure Chosen as Kaleidoscope Figure Graduate student Hung-Ming Tsai‘s figure in his PhD publication “Entropy production and equilibration in Yang-Mills quantum mechanics” was chosen by Physical Review E as “Kaleidoscope” figure. View the image here and read the paper here.

Click the image and links above to read more about each story.

Read more graduate student news here and more undergraduate news here.

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Department News

Duke Physics at the APS March Meeting Duke University Physics is represented by 42 papers at the APS March Meeting this year. Using the APS’s “affiliation” search function, Prof. Harold Baranger compiled a list of all of our papers which you can view here. You can see that a wide variety of work from several departments at Duke is represented.

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Outreach News

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Graduate student Kristine Callan performs a demo with elementary students

January 25, 2012 was the first science fair of the spring semester for the physics outreach group. Physics graduate student Kristine Callan, undergraduates Lauren Musso (physics), Hunter Douglas (engineering), and Chad Liu (engineering) accompanied Derek Leadbetter to host Duke’s physics demo tables at North Chatham Elementary’s Science Night. The evening was a huge success attended by hundreds of elementary school students. Our volunteer student team received many well deserved accolades. Upcoming science fairs scheduled for the spring semester include Githens Middle School, Creekside Elementary, NC Science Festival, and Duke Alumni Weekend. Click here to read and view more photos.

Click the link above to read more about the story. | Read more outreach news here.

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"Why Duke Physics?"

There are three new entries to our revolving photo essay series in which we ask members of our community "Why Duke Physics?"

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Jonah Bernhard: "During the first academic year, there are ample opportunities to find out about current research and try various projects." Click the image above to read more.

 
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Kristen Collar: "I wanted a department where they wanted me to be there and they wanted me to make it." Click the image above to read more.

 
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Meg Shea: "The Duke physics department is very friendly, and that was important to me when I was making my decision." Click the image above to read more.

View the complete "Why Duke Physics?" album on Flickr here.

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Upcoming Events

Event details may change at any time. Always click "More Info" to retrieve contact info for event organizers when planning to attend events.

Public Stargazing will meet next on Saturday, March 10th at 7:00pm.

Triangle Nuclear Theory Seminar The next TNT Seminar will be with Mark Alford of Washington University, St. Louis Tuesday, March 13th at 3:30pm at NC State University in Raleigh, NC.

2012 Fritz London Memorial Lecture Mildred Dresselhaus of MIT's Department of Physics will deliver the London Lecture "The Wonders of Low-Dimensional Nanocarbons" on Wednesday, March 14th at 3:30PM in Physics 128.

Condensed Matter Seminar Series The next CM Seminar will feature Mildred Dresselhaus of MIT's Department of Physics speaking on "The Promise of Nanomaterials for Thermoelectric Applications" on Thursday, March 15th at 11:00AM in Physics 298.

TUNL Seminar The next Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratories Seminar will be held on Thursday, March 22nd at 2:00PM in Physics 298 and will feature Aron Bernstein of MIT on "New Experimental Tests of QCD Symmetries."

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