Akron Physics Club


Meeting Announcement: MONDAY, November 28, 2016 - TANGIER, 6:00 PM


Dr. Timothy Matney, Professor of Archaeology, University of Akron

will be speaking on:

An Archaeological Application of Shallow Subsurface Spectroscopy in the Discovery of Unmarked Human Graves

The main Speaker will be: Dr. Timothy Matney, a Professor of Archeology at The University of Akron. He has over 25 years of field experience excavating and conducting geophysical surveys in Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Israel, Azerbaijan, India, England, and the US. His most recent excavation project was an 18-year-long excavation of an Assyrian city in Turkey dated between 900-600 BC

One persistent problem facing law enforcement is the recovery of hidden or clandestine human burials in homicide cases. Testimonial evidence can often place a grave within a broad area, but the location of a body is forensic necessary evidence for court proceedings. Traditional forms of prospection for such burials include visual surface survey and the use of cadaver dogs. Our project aims to add a new tool to the criminal justice toolkit by developing prospection equipment capable of detecting shallow subsurface human burials by use of spectroscopic analysis of in situ soils. In particular, we hope that the detection of human decay products, such as fatty acids, in the soils surrounding human burials might provide a useful tool for the law enforcement community.

Before this main presentation, William Jack will update us on his trajectory and latest endeavors since he presented to us a talk on his home-made fusion furnace a few years ago when he was in high school. He since went to M.I.T. and founded a west-coast start-up company.

Minutes, November 28, 2016

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

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.

May 15, 6:00-8:00 – Akron SPE
May Awards Night
@ Firestone Country Club


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).