2007 Zone 10 Meeting at LSU

2007 ZONE 10 Meeting Keynote Lectures


Dr. Gary White
Director, Society of Physics Students & Sigma Pi Sigma
American Institute of Physics

Dr. Gary White

“A Great Time to Do Physics: from spintronics to spallation to spandex and more"

Could there be a more exciting time to do physics? Whether you're interested in the big philosophical questions of matter and energy or just the next cool wireless gadget, in saving the world from nuclear annihilation, or saving a life with medical physics, physics is a great place to begin the journey. In this talk we'll look at some exciting areas of physics research, and hear stories and facts about what physics majors around the country do with their newly acquired skills and knowledge.

Friday, March 9 – 9:30am to 10:20 am
LSU Union, Atchafalaya Room 342

Dr. While biographical details: http://www.spsnational.org/governance/council/white.htm


Dr. Phillip T. Sprunger
Associate Professor of Physics, Experimental Condensed Matter
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Louisiana State University

Dr. Phillip Sprunger

“IR to x-rays – LSU’s light source of the south”

Synchrotron radiation is generated by the acceleration of ultrarelativistic electrons through magnetic fields.  At LSU’s Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD), a 1.3 GeV synchrotron produces extremely high brightness “light”, or radiation, continuously from the IR through x-rays.  This talk will outline the ideas behind how synchrotron radiation is produced at the CAMD light source, and more importantly, how and why this light is used for both scientific and engineering endeavors.  This will include topics of x-ray absorption applications in environmental science, photoemission spectroscopy to probe nanophase materials, and use of x-rays to produce micro-mechanical devices for technological uses.

Friday, March 9 – 11:10 am to 12:00 am
LSU Union, Atchafalaya Room 342

Dr. Sprunger biographical details: http://www.phys.lsu.edu/dept/people/sprunger.html


Dr. Edward Seidel
Director of the Center for Computation and Technology
Louisiana State University

Dr. Edward Seidel

“Solving Einstein's Equations of Supercomputers”

Modern computational approaches are revolutionizing science, engineering, and humanities research. I will discuss developments in these areas, including new petascale computers, optical networks, grids of distributed resources, and their impact on research. I will highlight how work in numerical relativity, aimed at solving Einstein's equations of general relativity for systems of black holes, neutron stars, and other exotic objects in the universe, has been impacted by these developments.

Zone 10 Meeting banquet keynote lecture
Friday, March 9 – 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Nottoway Plantation

Dr. Seidel biographical details: http://director.cct.lsu.edu


Dr. Kenneth R. Hogstrom
Director, Medical Physics and Health Physics Program
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Louisiana State University
Dr. Kenneth Hogstrom

“Medical Physics and the Medical Physicist”

The applied field of medical physics uses radiation science to improve the quality of diagnosis and therapy of disease. This talk introduces medical physics, including the subfields of medical imaging physics and radiation therapy physics, and describes the training and qualifications for medical physicists in clinical and academic environments, with highlights from student and faculty research in the LSU Medical Physics and Health Physics program.

Saturday, March 10 – 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Nicholson Hall, Room 130

Dr. Hogstrom biographical details:  http://www.phys.lsu.edu/dept/people/hogstrom.html


Dr. T. Gregory Guzik
Research Professor of Physics, Experimental Astrophysics
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Louisiana State University

Dr. Gregory Guzik

 “120,000 Feet Above Antarctica”

The Advanced Thin Ionization Calorimeter (ATIC), designed and built at Louisiana State University, is a 4,000+ payload carried to the edge of space (~120,000 feet) by a helium filled balloon large enough to filled a football stadium.  ATIC was built to measure galactic cosmic ray composition and energy up to about 100 TeV and we launch from the Long Duration Balloon (LDB) facility on the Ross ice shelf near McMurdo, Antarctica to obtain flight times of 15 to 30 days.  During the talk I’ll discuss the ATIC science as well as what it is like to do science on the highest, driest, coldest continent on the planet.

Saturday, March 10 – 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Highland Road Park Observatory

Dr. Guzik biographical details: http://www.phys.lsu.edu/dept/people/guzik.html