2017 UCR Summer Physics Teacher Academy

SPTA 2017 is hosted by the UCR Department of Physics & Astronomy and California Science Project. Lectures are in the University of California, Riverside, Physics Building, Reading Room 3035. Informational flyer.

Schedule of Presentations

Monday, June 12 2017

8:30am Coffee & Networking
9:00am Opening Welcome Prof. Ken Barish (Dept. Chair)
9:30am Physics Refresher Thermal Physics Prof. Shan-Wen Tsai
11:00am Research Lecture Duality and condensed matter physics Prof. Michael Mulligan
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Research Lecture Superconducting Spintronics and Topological Superconductors Prof. Peng Wei
2:00pm Research Lecture Nanotechnology in the Age of Information (slides) Prof. Nathan Gabor
3:00pm Teaching Physics Example activities for classroom use Daniel McKinney

Tuesday, June 13 2017

8:30am Coffee & Networking
9:00am Physics Refresher Optics (slides) Prof. Michael Anderson
11:00am Research Lecture Quantum Electrodynamics with Feynman Diagrams (notes, resources) Prof. Flip Tanedo
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Research Lecture Surface Physics: A View of the Top (slides) Prof. Jory Yarmoff
2:00pm Teaching Physics Example activities for classroom use Daniel McKinney
Wednesday, June 14 2017
8:30am Coffee & Networking
9:00am Physics Refresher Electricity & Magnetism (slides) Prof. Robert Clare
11:00am Research Lecture Quantum computation and quantum error correction (slides) Prof. Leonid Pryadko
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Teaching Physics Teaching Philosophy (slides) Prof. Michael Anderson
3:00pm Teaching Physics Example activities for classroom use Daniel McKinney
Thursday, June 15 2017
8:30am Coffee & Networking
9:00am Physics Refresher Classical Mechanics Prof. Allen Mills
11:00am Research Lecture Higgs Physics (slides) Prof. Gail Hanson
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Lab Research Experience
Lab Tour Prof. Igor Barsukov's Lab
Lab Tour Prof. Joshua Lui's Lab
Lab Tour Prof. Nathan Gabor's Lab
Lab Tour Prof. Yongtao Cui's Lab
Lab Tour Prof. Allen Mills' Lab
Friday, June 16 2017
8:30am Coffee & Networking
9:00am Research Lecture The Standard Model (slides) Prof. Owen Long
10:00am Teaching Physics Physics Education Dr. Maria Simani
11:00am Teaching Physics Discussion Dr. Maria Simani, Daniel McKinney
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Teaching Physics Demo Exchange Daniel McKinney
3:00pm Teaching Physics Example activities for classroom use Daniel McKinney

Lab Tour Information

Barsukov Lab

Prof. Igor Barsukov's Lab focuses on experimental condensed matter physics and spintronics in particular. We design magnetic nanoscale devices and study spin dynamics and spin transport using microwave/terahertz spectroscopy. The goal of this research is to better understand the interplay of magnons and phonons and to develop energy-efficient spintronics applications. (Room 0178 MSE Building, Phone: 951-827-5389)

Lui Lab

The Lui group focuses on laser spectroscopy and Ultrafast science of Innovative materials.  In particular, we are interested in the electron, phonon and spin dynamics in novel two-dimensional systems, such as graphene, boron nitride and transition-metal dichalcogenides, as well as heterogeneous structures formed from these atomically thin materials.  Our experimental techniques include Raman, infrared, terahertz, and ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy and imaging.  Our research also involves state-of-the-art nanoscale device fabrication and new methods of material fabrication, characterization and manipulation. (Room 0172 MSE Building, Phone: 347-839-5818)

Gabor Lab

Our group is interested in the discovery of new quantum phenomena in atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) electronic materials including graphene, hexagonal boron nitride, and layered transition metal chalcogenides. These materials, many of which can be separated into few or single atomic layers, exhibit quasi-low dimensionality that may lead to strongly correlated electron behavior. Among correlated electronic materials, true 2D materials provide the distinct advantage that they are one atom thick, thus allowing the utilization of techniques generally applied to small atomic ensembles, such as laser-cooling and optical cavity coupling. By incorporating these materials into nanoscale electronic devices, we envision a distinct field of research that explores atomically thin condensed matter systems using precision techniques and concepts employed in atomic, molecular, and optical physics. (Room 0314, MSE Building, 951-827-5338)

Cui Lab

Our research group study quantum materials that exhibit fascinating electrical and magnetic properties, with the focus on probing and manipulating such properties on the nanoscale. We apply a variety of state-of-art experimental tools such as scanning probe microscopy, quantum transport, and nanofabrication. Among these, microwave techniques provide a powerful means to interact with materials and characterize their electro-magnetic response. By combining these methods, we aim to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the underlying physics in these materials and apply them to realize new device concepts and functionalities. (Room 055, MSE Building, Phone 951-827-5395)

Mills Lab

The research in the positron laboratory is mainly focused on dense positronium physics, with the long term goal of creating a Bose-Einstein condensation of Ps, and thence an annihilation gamma ray laser. This is an ambitious project, fraught with experimental difficulties, and has already necessitated the development of new experimental techniques. Positronium is a hydrogen-like meta-stable atom composed of an electron and its antiparticle, the positron. These atoms are very similar to hydrogen atoms in their gross structure but, being composed of a particle and its antiparticle, which may annihilate with one another, are inherently unstable. (Room 1153, Physics Building, Phone: 951-827-6469)


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