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  • Pouring liquid nitrogen 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.

  • John-Collins 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.

  • Scott Tarlow '12 Hot stuff

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

  • FYS_crop Experiencing the past

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

  • Bennett_Tyler Bright ideas

    Tyler Bennett ’12 explores new materials for energy-efficient lighting.

  • Timothy Barker Astronomy on the Cape

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

  • Becky-Johnson Love to teach physics

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

  • jup_ganymede Mapping Ganymede

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

  • Megan O'Sadnick Fulbright on ice

    Physics major Megan O’Sadnick ’09 wins a Fulbright scholarship to study glaciers in Norway.

  • Jason C. Goodman Grant to study physics of ice-covered oceans

    Assistant Professor of Physics Jason Goodman has obtained a $200,000 grant as a member of a new NASA Astrobiology Institute team.

    Assistant Professor of Physics Jason Goodman has obtained a $200,000 grant as a member of a new NASA Astrobiology Institute team.