Akron Physics Club

Club programs deal with current issues in Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Cosmology, Biology, and a host of other topics. Several new speakers are scheduled each year to present topics of current scientific interest.

Meetings are at the
Tangier Restaurant, 532
West Market, Akron,

6:00pm Socializing - 6:30pm Dinner - Program about 7:30pm

Meeting Announcement


Akron Physics Club


  MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT: February 27, 2017

The Tangier Restaurant
532 West Market Street, Akron Ohio

6:00pm Socializing - 6:30pm Dinner - Program about 7:30pm
The charge for each dinner is $20

RESERVATIONS or REGRETS by Thursday, February 23rd to:
Reservation Secretary Bob Erdman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (330) 656-2275
Please use this email for reservations, for updates on email addresses or to discontinue receiving these announcements


[College students having dinner: Please identify yourself as a student]

Anyone is welcome to attend the free presentation starting at 7:30 pm.
But if you would like to have dinner, you will need a reservation. 


The Speaker will be:
Dr. Harsh Mathur, Professor of Physics, Case Western Reserve University

He will be speaking on:
The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics

The 2016 Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded for the discovery of states of matter and phase transitions between these states that could not be understood in terms of the conventional Landau paradigm. In this talk I will review the Landau paradigm and provide an overview of the specific discoveries for which the prize was awarded: the explanation of a mysterious phase transition in films of superfluid helium by Kosterlitz and Thouless; the discovery by Thouless that ideas of topology rather than symmetry distinguished the then newly discovered quantum Hall state of electronic matter from ordinary insulators; and the discovery by Haldane of additional analogous states of quantum matter. In more detail I will describe the use of topological quantum numbers (first introduced by Dirac in his pioneering work on magnetic monopoles) to characterize quantum Hall states and the new topological insulators. 

The Speaker:
Harsh Mathur is a Professor of Physics at Case Western Reserve University where he has been on the faculty since 1995. Prior to coming to CWRU he was a postdoctoral fellow at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ. He got his PhD in 1994 from Yale University. His primary research is in the area of theoretical condensed matter physics and cosmology. On the side he has worked on problems ranging from the authentication of paintings by noted artists (including Pollock and Picasso) to the application of mathematics to analyze tie knots. Among noteworthy recognitions he was a Sloan Research Fellow and is a recipient of the Diekhoff award, CWRU's highest recognition for excellence in graduate teaching. 


Dinner Reservations:
Please join us for our next meeting. Pre-registration for dinner is required so that we can guarantee our reservations. Dinner is $20. To register, send an email to our Reservations Secretary: Bob Erdman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (330) 656-2275.


Future Meetings:
2017 - March 27
Carol Gould will speak on "The Early Days of Computing."
Topic = will share her experiences with early computers


2017 - April 24
LIGO topic


2017 - May 22: 
Dr. Jay Reynolds, Vice President Cleveland Astronomical Society, Department of Physics -  Cleveland State University, will speak on "latest NASA satellite missions." 


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Podcasts and Speaker PowerPoint Presentations

On October 24, 2016, Dr. Rob Owen presented a wonderful lecture to us entitled, The Detection and Analysis of Gravitational Waves from Colliding Black Holes.

His material backing up the lecture can be found at www.black-holes.org

Click on the link to visit and exlore his great web site.

Physics in the news

The University of Akron and Cleveland State University, along with California State University at Los Angeles, have joined together to work on some projects for NASA and the International Space Station, according to a University of Akron news release (Dec 1).

The universities have received a $840,000 grant through NASA's Physical Sciences Research Program for the projects, the release stated. The research will focus on the way materials solidify in space when gravity is lacking.



University of Akron, Sandia pair up to bring new polymers

The University of Akron has a huge new partner (Sandia National Laboratories ) with big plans for what it views as the nation's top school for polymer science research and technology.



EXL Center at The University of Akron has just informed us (ACESS) recently of an up-coming event that is planned by Launch League in Akron led by Courtney Gras.  They are preparing for a big event the first weekend in December called Flight.  It is a Start Up Conference (http://www.launchleague.org/flight/) that may be of specific interest.


Scientists accidentally turn carbon dioxide into ethanol fuel...

Nano-spike catalysts convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 12, 2016—In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol. Their finding, which involves nanofabrication and catalysis science, was serendipitous.

The discovery may change the way we think about carbon dioxide. If it could be captured and turned into a fuel, then carbon dioxide – the earth-polluting byproduct of global dependence on fossil fuels – could help high-energy societies work toward energy independence. The process would also allow renewable energy to be stored as ethanol, creating greater certainty about supply, the researchers say.



British-born scientists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for their studies of unusual states of matter, which may open up new applications in electronics.

Their discoveries, using advanced mathematics, had boosted research in condensed matter physics and raised hopes for uses in new generations of electronics and superconductors or future quantum computers, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.



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