Summer 2009 research
In summer 2009, 9 physics and astronomy students worked with professors on seven projects, including:
- Andrew Harmon and Zach Smith worked with Matt Walhout to produce and study an unusal molecule, the krypton molecule.
- Katherine Shomsky, Peter Plantinga, Tim Atallah and Zach Smith worked as a team with Stan Haan in an ongoing project in theoretical physics investigating the mechanisms by which lasers with visible or infrared wavelengths remove two electrons from atoms.
- Luke Lesiman studied the cool cores in the spaces between galaxies with Deborah Haarsma.
- Susan Bardolph worked with Loren Haarsma investigating type and function of ion channels in duct cells of the lacrimal gland.
- Melissa Haegert and Larry Molnar studied the dynamics of asteroids. This project was part of an interdisciplinary project with Chris Moseley of the mathematics department.