Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


  • Out of Wheaton, into the world of work

    Malcolm Eaton ’13 begins his career as an engineer for the Navy.

  • Building a better laser

    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.

  • Water balloon featured image The Water Balloon Challenge

    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

    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.

  • Laser grant

    The Physics department is now home to a state-of-the-art tunable laser, thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation.

  • Hot stuff

    Scott Tarlow ’12 spent a summer working on the physics of lava flows.

  • Experiencing the past

    Students in the Deep Time FYS take a camping trip and travel back in time.

  • Timothy Barker Astronomy on the Cape

    Professor Barker’s giant 32″ telescope now has a larger audience of elementary school students on Cape Cod.

  • Love to teach physics

    Becky Johnson ’11 wants to share her excitement about physics with high school students.

  • Mapping Ganymede

    Several Wheaton students have contributed to the first global map of geology on Jupiter’s moon Ganymede.