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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!

See all the submissions here

Congratulations for the winners!

Professional judges choice:

1st place:        Graphene Oxide Sheets by Will Dickinson

2nd place: Spectral Arrow by Christopher Hendriks

3rd place:    Rime Ice on an Evergreen by Dmitriy Zhigunov

Popular vote:

1st place:        Pillars of creation by Jacob Gunnarson

         Blossoms by Stephanie Wang

2nd place: Camping out under Starry Night by Trevor Sleight

            Start saving your best images for next year’s competition!

 Visit research labs (10 am - 2pm)

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

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)

For our younger visitors we offer an exciting treasure hunt – find out what color lasers you can find in each lab!

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.

Observations start an 10am, weather permitting.

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

Our special guests this year: LEGO robots!!

  Lego Robotics Demonstration from Ruling Robot Falcons

Location – Small Hall Physics Library, 1-2pm

Interactive demo shows

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

Location – Small Hall 110

Amazing states of matter Demo shows start at 11am, 1 pm, and 3 pm

Optics and Lasers Demo Shows start at 12pm and 2pm

Visit Small Hall Makerspace to learn how you can make your dream project a reality with a help of a 3D printer or some other tools, or to create your own reality with a vertual reality glasses.

Location – Small Hall 143, open 12 - 4 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 

Prof. Robert  McKeown

Neutrinos: Big Prizes for Tiny Particles

11.30 am

Prof. Seth Aubin

Laser cooling, parity violation, and atom lasers

12.30 pm

Melissa Guidry,

Eve Chase

 LIGO: hunting tiny ripples in space with giant lasers

1.30 pm

Prof. Ale Lukaszew

Structural color, metamaterials and plasmons

2.30 pm

Prof. Bill Cooke

 Diffuse Optical Tomography

1.30 pm

Prof. Irina Novikova

As you light it: fast light, slow light, frozen light





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

Come join the physics fun!

Want to have your own PhysicsFest at home? Just check out these great books in your local library and start having fun!

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