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: October 24, 2016

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, October 20th 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. Rob Owen, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Oberlin College.

He will be speaking on:
The Detection and Analysis of Gravitational Waves from Colliding Black Holes


One of the most valuable carriers of astronomical information was hidden from human perception from the dawn of time until September 14, 2015. On that day, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) made the first ever direct detection of gravitational waves, ripples in the structure of spacetime itself, caused by the collision of two black holes. Though such black hole collisions are among the most violent events in the universe, emitting energy at an astonishing rate, it is equally astonishing how difficult these waves are to detect. In this talk, I will give a general overview of gravitational waves and the basic structure of the LIGO instrument. I will then describe the work that I and my collaborators do on the theory side, predicting the waveforms that should be expected, and inferring astrophysical information from detected events.

The Speaker:
Dr. Owen did his post-doctoral work at Cornell, after getting his Ph.D. at California Institute of Technology in 2007. He still collaborates with both of these institutions. He got his Bachelor of Science at the University of Utah in 2001. He is a member of the Simulating Extreme Spacetimes collaboration. Their website is www.black-holes.org

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:

2016 - November 28: Dr. Timothy Matney, Professor of Archaeology, University of Akron, will speak on "An Archaeological Application of Shallow Subsurface Spectroscopy in the Discovery of Unmarked Human Graves."


2017 - January 23

2017 - February 27

2017 - March 27

2017 - April 24

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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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.




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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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