In The News

Prof. Griesshammer was interviewed by the Washington Post about the announcement by Lockheed-Martin for a design of a new fusion reactor. It is supposed to be much smaller and less costly than any present design – and ready in 10 years. His take: “I would love it to happen in the next 10 years, but I am highly sceptical.” The full article is at http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-business/wp/2014/10/16/can-lockheed-martins-nuclear-fusion-reactor-work-some-scientists-doubt-it/ .

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2014 Graduation

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PhD defense

Michael Lujan successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled “Electric polarizability of neutral hadrons from lattice QCD” on 6 June 2014. Here’s a picture taken right afterwards. From left: Prof. André Walker-Loud (outside examiner, College of William and Mary),  Prof. Oleg Kargaltsev (examiner), Prof. Andrei Alexandru (adviser), Michael Lujan (candidate), Prof. Weiqun Peng (examiner), Prof. Kalvir Dhuga (presiding), Prof. Michael Döring (reader), Prof. Frank Lee (co-adviser).  Via Skype: Prof. Gerald Feldman (reader).

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Rob Coyne talks at the 2014 March LIGO-Virgo meeting

Our astrophysics graduate student Robert Coyne presented a talk at the recent face-to-face meeting of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (www.ligo.org) and Virgo collaboration (www.virgo.infn.it) , held in Nice, France. Rob’s talk described his current work to support LIGO searches for gravitational waves in coincidence with gamma-ray bursts.

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APS 2014 Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics Recipient: Katherine Myers

Citation:

“The First Determination of the Proton’s Weak Charge Through Parity-Violating Asymmetry Measurements in Elastic e + p and e + Al Scattering.”

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Background:
Katherine Myers received her B.S. in Physics from Lebanon Valley College in 2005. She attended graduate school at George Washington University, where she became involved in the Qweak experiment at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, which aimed to make a precise measurement of the proton’s weak charge using parity-violating electron scattering and test the predictions of the Standard Model. Under the guidance of Allena Opper (GWU) and David Mack (TJNAF) she received a Ph.D. in 2012 for her analysis of the first Qweak data. Katherine is currently a postdoctoral associate at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. With Ron Gilman she is working on a new experiment that will make a precise simultaneous measurement of muon-proton and electron-proton scattering to provide new information in hopes of solving the “proton-radius puzzle.” The experiment is expected to run in 2016-2017 at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland.

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