Illuminating black holes
September 8, 2014
Summer research students John Scarpaci ’17 and Ryan Dill ’15 work with Professor Dipankar Maitra to understand how flashes of light spanning the electromagnetic spectrum are emitted from disks around black holes and neutron stars.
Chaotic light show
April 29, 2014
What happens when you put an LED on the end of a double-hinged pendulum? Professor Maitra wanted to know.
Hot spring break
March 21, 2014
The Field Geology seminar heads to Death Valley for a spring break of rocks, canyons, dunes, and fossils.
Wheaton welcomes six new tenure-track professors
March 3, 2014
Assistant professor of physics and astronomy Dipankar Maitra is welcomed by the Wheaton community.
February 13, 2014
Geology Professor Geoffrey Collins led a team of researchers, including Wheaton students, in producing the first global geologic map of Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon.
Finding heavy metal
February 9, 2014
Professor John Collins and his collaborator Ivan Karbovnyk from the Ukraine have been awarded a grant from CRDF Global to study nanomaterials that could help to detect harmful heavy metals in the environment.Professor John Collins of Wheaton College and his collaborator, Professor Ivan Karbovnyk of the Ivano-Frankivsk National University of Lviv, Ukraine, have been awarded a grant from CRDF Global for the following proposal: "Study and Application of Functional Engineered Nanomaterials for Environmental Risks Evaluation and Protection (SAFENANOTEC)" The research invloves the study of optical and electrical properties of nanomaterials (metallic nanostructured films and carbon/boron nanotubes) for applications to the detection of harmful heavy metals in the environment and to the development of novel radiation detectors. This grant was awarded through the 2013 U.S.-Ukraine Joint Research Grant Competition, which is designed to support joint U.S. and Ukrainian research teams engaged in research focused on minimizing environmental impacts of energy production in Ukraine. The $46,500 grant sponsors this research for one year.
Out of Wheaton, into the world of work
November 1, 2013
Malcolm Eaton ’13 begins his career as an engineer for the Navy.
Building a better laser
May 6, 2013
Linzi Wu ’15 and Professor Xuesheng Chen work to make lasers cheaper, smaller, and more powerful.
Linzi Wu '15 has been researching how to make lasers cheaper, smaller, and more powerful by using ceramic materials instead of crystals.
Working with Professor Xuesheng Chen, she measured the optical properties of transparent ceramics doped with various concentrations of Neodymium ions to find out which concentrations produced the most efficient absorption and emission of infrared light. Linzi (pictured here) presented her findings at the 2013 Wheaton Academic Festival, and will present her work at the New England section of the American Physical Society in the fall.
The Water Balloon Challenge
October 24, 2012
Watch Wheaton College’s introductory physics class leave their lab and put theory to the test.
On a beautiful October morning at Wheaton College, an introductory physics class left their lab behind and stepped outside. They aimed to impress (and soak!) their professor while investigating kinetic and potential energy:
Psst... If you want more "water balloon goodness" here's last year's experiment:
Cold as ice
October 9, 2012
A new study by Prof. Geoffrey Collins and colleagues in the Journal of Geophysical Research shows that water ice gets much harder at very cold temperatures.
A NASA grant to Prof. Geoffrey Collins to study erosion on Saturn's moon Titan turned into a research project about the hardness of water ice at very low temperatures. Collins and his collaborators at San Francisco State University recently published the results of their study in the Journal of Geophysical Research. The experiments tested the strength of ice in tension, and the energy required to propagate cracks through ice. Similar experiments had previously been done down to temperatures of -50 C, but the new experiments used cooling with liquid nitrogen to explore the behavior down to -170 C, which is more relevant to the surfaces of moons in the outer solar system. As the ice became colder, it also became harder to break, so it is expected that ice in the outer solar system should be harder than ice in glaciers on Earth.