Department of Physics
NEWS AND EVENTS
Inspired by "Digital Dubliners," Ferris Professor of Physics Michael Naughton illustrated the connection between library and laboratory by etching the text of Dubliners onto a 2.5-square-millimeter patch using a sophisticated nanolithography technique more commonly employed to build electronics than to print miniature editions of classic literature. Boston Globe
Near-field Nanophotonics Workshop - July 21-22, 2014
The Department of Physics is pleased to announce we will co-host a Near-Field NanoPhotonics Workshop and Multiprobe School. NSOM and MultiProbe NSOM have emerged as the premier tools in Photonics and Plasmonics characterization whether in silicon photonics, photonic band gap materials or plasmonic nanofocusing.
Visit http://www.nanonics.co.il/exhibitions/nano-photonics-multiprobe-workshop.html for more information.
Rebecca Dally and Matthew Heine honored with Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award
Congratulations to Rebecca Dally and Matthew Heine, graduate students in the Department of Physics who were awarded the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award. The Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Awards program was established to underscore and reinforce the importance of the pursuit of teaching excellence of graduate Teaching Fellows and Teaching Assistants. Awards are for students who have assisted in laboratories in the sciences, and for those students in other disciplines who assist in teaching by leading discussion groups.
Michelle Cunningham honored with George J. Goldsmith Award
Congratulations to Physics major and graduating senior Michelle Cunningham for her achievement in receiving the 2014 George J. Goldsmith award. Named in memory of longtime Physics Department faculty member George J. Goldsmith, who is remembered for both his scholarship and his selfless dedication to the students of Boston College, this award is given annually to a graduating physics major in recognition of excellence in academic achievement and research.
Thomas Mion awarded the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship
Congratulations to Thomas Mion, a graduate student in the Department of Physics, who was awarded the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. As a NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Thomas will receive three years of support, a $32,000 annual stipend, a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for their institution, and international research and professional development opportunities.
Mapping a Mott Insulator
A team of BC physicists led by Assistant Professor Stephen D. Wilson has mapped the inner atomic workings of a compound within the mysterious class of materials known as spin-orbit Mott insulators, an advance that could lead to discoveries in superconductivity, the topological phases of matter and new forms of magnetism, the researchers report in Nature Communications. BC News Release | PhysOrg, Science Daily, Science Codex, Technology.org
Seminars and Colloquia
The department hosts many seminars and colloquia throughout the school year. View calendar
Professor Vidya Madhavan’s lab focuses on experimental studies of correlated electron systems and magnetic systems with low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy, spectroscopy, and spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy.