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October 26, 10 am – 4pm

Small Hall (behind Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall)

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This year’s PhysicsFest theme is

States of Matter!

You may think you know the states of matter (solids, liquids, gases, right?). But we will try to prove you wrong! Come to experience first-hand a liquid you can jump on, dancing solids, flying magnets and more!


PhysicsFest 2013 Photo Competition!
Check out all wonderful submissions

Join us for our second annual

Undergraduate Physics poster session and competition

Location – Small Hall Library, 10-11.30am

Come and see what the next generation scientists and researchers are up to!

 Visit research labs (12 - 4pm)

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:

Mumtaz Qazilbash  -  Photon spectroscopy (Room 028)

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

Gina Hoatson – Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Superconducting Magnets (Room 115)

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

Seth Aubin – Bose-Einstein Condensates (Room 067)

For our younger visitors we offer an exciting treasure hunt – we will be searching for our own Higgs boson!

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 12pm, 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

Interactive demonstrations

Ever wondered about how a hovercraft works? Or what happens with air when it is really cold? Join physics students for fun ways to learn physics.  Guaranteed excitement for all ages.

Location – Small Hall 110

Demonstration starts at 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30 pm and 3.30pm

Want to know more about cutting edge science?

Presentations from Physics professors

Location – Small Hall 111


John Delos

Saving babies in a heartbeat





Marc Sher

Nobel lecture: Higgs bosons





Hannes Schniepp

The Brown Recluse Spider's Nano-Ribbons of Strong Sticky Silk





Sarah Phillips

The Particles that Make Up Our World and How to Find Them





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

Come join the physics fun!

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