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: September 25, 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, September 21st to:
Reservation Secretary Carol Gould: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (xxx) xxx-xxxx
Please use this email for reservations, for updates on email addresses or to discontinue receiving these announcements


VISITORS ARE WELCOME - COLLEGE STUDENTS, please indicate this on your reservation. There will be no charge for dinner if this is your first meeting, $10 if you attended prior meetings during the school year.
[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:
 Madeline Wade, Assistant Professor of Physics, Kenyon College

will be speaking on:

Listening with Lasers for Ripples in Spacetime 

Gravitational waves were directly detected for the first time 100 years after originally predicted by Einstein in his theory of gravity: General Relativity.  The detection was made by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO).  I will give an overview of why we use lasers to detect gravitational waves and how we can build an instrument sensitive enough to detect gravitational waves on Earth. 

The Speaker:
Madeline Wade is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Kenyon College.  She joined the Kenyon faculty upon completion of her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.  Madeline has been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since 2010.  Her research currently focuses mainly on calibration of the LIGO detectors and using machine learning algorithms to predictively remove noise from LIGO data. 



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.
If you are a student, please indicate this on your reservation.  There will be no charge for dinner if this is your first meeting, $10 if you attended prior meetings during the school year.
To register, send an email to our Reservations Secretary: Carol Gould: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (xxx) xxx-xxxx.


Future Meetings:

October 23, 2017 - Ernst von Meerwall, Professor of Physics ret., University of Akron
November 27, 2017 - Gary Catella, Clevelend Crystals, on Spectroscopy and Lasers
January 29, 2018
February 26, 2018 - Alper Buldum, Professor of Physics, University of Akron
March 26, 2018 - Marc Millis, Tau Zero Foundation
April 23, 2018 - Rouzbeh Amini, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Akron
June 4, 2018 - Walter Lambrecht, Professor of Physics, Case Western Reserve University


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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

These chip-sized spaceraft are the smallest space probes yet 

Spacecraft have gone bite-sized. On June 23, 2017, Breakthrough Starshot, an initiative to send spacecraft to another star system, launched half a dozen probes called Sprites to test how their electronics fare in outer space. 




ACESS – Akron Council of
Engineering and Scientific


~ New and Improved ACESS
website!! Check it out at www.acessinc.org

~ Motion passed to create two
positions to fill executive director
role: Administrator (internally
focused) and Executive Director (externally focused)

~ Brent Sisler was named as Administrator and Mike Dowel was named as Executive Director.


Large Hadron Collider experiment nabs five new particles - March 2017

Physicists have snagged a bounty of five new particles in one go.

Members of the LHCb experiment, located at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, reported the prolific particle procurement in a paper posted online March 14 at arXiv.org. The five particles are each composed of three quarks — a class of particle that makes up larger particles such as protons and neutrons. Each of the new particles comprises two “strange” quarks and one “charm” quark.

The five particles are in various excited, or high-energy, states — giving each particle a different mass and a different arrangement of quarks within. Such particles are expected to exist according to the theory of the strong nuclear force, which bundles quarks together into larger particles.

The five excited particles are named after their low-energy relative, Ωc0or omega-c-zero. Their rather uninspiring monikers are Ωc(3000)0, Ωc(3050) 0, Ωc(3066) 0, Ωc(3090) 0and Ωc(3119) 0. Each number in parentheses indicates the mass of the particle in millions of electron volts.



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.


View this stunning video of surface of Mars




Colorful Animation Shows Simulated Flight over Dwarf Planet Ceres

Dr. Jaumann and his colleagues used 2,350 images to generate a realistic view of Ceres.  Shows a simulated flight over the surface of Ceres, based on images from Dawn’s high-altitude mapping orbit (900 miles, or 1,450 km).



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