April 7, 2014
UNC Physics was well represented at the Colorado Space Grant Consortium Robotics Challenge held April 5 at the Great Sand Dunes. Graham Stringert, David Garrett, JJ Peek and Anthony Saccomanno piloted their rover across challenging terrain.
March 30, 2014
Congratulations to the 2014 Physics Academic Scholar Award winners! Danny Thistle, Zach Hafen, Lee Ismay (top, L-R), Marius Herlea Jr, Casey Rogers (bottom, L-R) were honored at an event at the UC on March 30.
March 28, 2014
UNC Physics published their work on color schlieren imaging with a two-path, double knife edge system in the journal Optics Express. The work was carried out by Dr. Chaloupka and Maurice Woods and Danny Thistle (UNC Physics undergrads) and Jacob Aas and Jessamyn Hutchins (FSI high school students). [Abstract: The traditional arrangement for visualizing optical phenomena with the schlieren technique is modified to include a Mach-Zehndergeometry. This allows for the dimplementation of two independent knife edges along two different beam paths, resulting in an enhanced combined image that is uniquely adjustable. Post-processed combined images are also generated by spatially separating the paths from each arm and then colorizing and combining the images into a single composite. In this way, bidirectional, color schlieren images have been produced using both whitelight and monochromatic sources.]
February 12, 2014
UNC Physics major Amber Chouaf attended the American Physical Society 2014 Rocky Mountain Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, held January 17-19 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. These professional gatherings create the opportunity to experience a professional conference, share information about graduate school and professions in Physics, and provide access to other women of all ages in Physics with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas.
October 7, 2013
The UNC Physics - San Diego State University collaboration presented their work on "Vortex Interference Effects from a Segmented Spatial Light Modulator and a Supercontinuum Source" at the OSA Frontier in Optics Meeting in Orlando, FL. In the image above, brilliant full-color images of vortex interference are demonstrated by theory (left) and experiment (right).
May 10, 2013
Congratulations to the 2013 UNC Physics Grads: Herve Tonye Tonye, Joe Gasteiger, Audrey Wall, Isaac Lorentz, Travis Day, Albert Einstein (not a UNC grad), Carlos Gallegos, Bronson Pausa, Michael Clay, Richard Pacheco (pictured L-R).
March 10, 2013
Congratulations to the 2013 UNC Physics Academic Scholars: Michael Clay & Travis Day (l-r, top) and Karin Ficek & David Garrett (l-r, bottom).
August 23, 2012
An image of a supercontinuum optical vortex diffracted through a triangular aperture from the recent article in JOSA B. Since the extreme spatial chirp is compensated for in the experiment, the topological charge can be determined by couting the spots along each side of the triangle. UNC Physics, SDSU, and Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil teamed up for this work.
June 20, 2012
Images of the Devil's vortex pattern from the recent article in Applied Optics. Experiment (top row) and theory (bottom row) show exquisite agreement. UNC Physics and SDSU teamed up for this work.
June 5, 2012
Above, images from the public viewing of the Venus Transit organized by Prof. Dietz. Below, an image contributed by V. Chaloupka of Santa Fe, NM.
May 3, 2012
Congrats to UNC Physics grads Aaron Adamson, Rob Shiely, Jordan Aken, Maurice Woods, John Arko (L-R), and Rachel Bennet (front)!!!
Below, distinguished Professor Emeritus Courtney Willis
congratulates our grads at the department celebration.
April 14, 2012
UNC Physics student Jordan Aken with Dr. Matt Semak at the DemoSat balloon launch.
April 12, 2012
UNC Physics students presented their work at the UNC Research Day (top: Rachel Bennet, middle (L-R): Joe Gasteiger & Travis Day), and at the NHS Research Celebration (bottom (L-R): Jordan Aken, Maurice Woods III, Robert Shiely).
March 23, 2012
UNC Physics celebrates its 2012 Academic Scholar Award winners! Congratulations to Richard Pacheco, Audrey Wall, Jeremiah Schwartz and Zach Hafen (L-R).
September 19, 2011
Members of the Colorado Space Grant Consortium pose at the University Center at this year's annual meeting.
April 29, 2011
Dr. Semak explores the physics of his wicked split-finger fastball as he throws out the first pitch at the UNC baseball game.
April 8, 2011
The UNC Robot maneuvers an alien landscape.
Jordan Aken, Aaron Adamson, and Diego Alcala recreate a scene from the critically acclaimed film Capricorn One.
February 21, 2011
The distinguished RockSat Team poses for a photo outside Ross Hall.
December 13, 2010
Congratulations to our Fall 2010 UNC Physics graduates (left-right): Chris Walker, Motoaki Honda, and Jessica Gage!
June 30, 2010
Five UNC students designed, built and tested an experiment that measured fuel sloshing during a rocket launch. After a myriad of teleconference design reviews with NASA engineers, the students took their experiment to NASA Wallops Island Launch Facility in Virginia where, during a ten-day stay, they conducted additional testing and then integrated their experiment with those from about a dozen other universities. A successful launch and recovery occurred on June 24th. The students working on the project (pictured left to right in the image above) were physics majors Sage Andorka (who now teaches for Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs), Motoaki Honda, Zach Sears (who now works for Lockheed Martin), Maurice Woods, and meteorology major Dan Welsh. The project, called RockSat, was sponsored by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and NASA and was supervised by UNC Physics professors Bob Walch, Matt Semak and Cynthia Galovich.
The RockSat rocket launch from June 24, 2010.
The intrepid UNC RockSat Team (l-r): Zach Sears, Motoaki Honda, Dan Welsh, Sage Andorka, and Maurice Woods (Cartoon by M. Woods).