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LVC physics students conducting research with faculty

Student/Faculty Research

At LVC, students have the opportunity to engage in research with our physics faculty. Professors in the department are experts in quantum information (Dr. Scott Walck and Dr. David Lyons), theoretical/computational nuclear physics (Dr. Dan Pitonyak), and laser modifications of glass (Dr. Keith Veenhuizen). In all three areas of research, students can work alongside faculty as paid research assistants during the summer. This work has culminated in presentations at national conferences and co-authored papers in peer-reviewed journals. These high-level research experiences are unique for students at a small college and help distinguish LVC physics majors when they embark on their career paths after graduation.

LVC Students and faculty study the “quantum advantage” of entangled particles .

Quantum Information Theory

Students and faculty study the “quantum advantage” of entangled particles that can outperform the most powerful existing supercomputers. Participating Faculty Members: Dr. David Lyons and Dr. Scott Walck

LVC Students write code in Python to compute high-energy particle collisions and analyze how models fit experimental data.

Computational Nuclear Physics

The goal of this research is to map out a 3D image of the internal structure of visible matter. Students write code in Python to compute high-energy particle collisions and analyze how models fit experimental data. This allows us to extract information on the elementary particles that make up objects like the proton. Participating Faculty Member: Dr. Dan Pitonyak

Laser Modifications of Glass

The goal of this research is to fabricate crystals in glass using a laser as a heat source. Light can be guided through the crystals, making them potentially useful as optical interconnects in photonic integrated circuits. In addition, the crystals are characterized by various means (Raman spectroscopy, piezoresponse for microscopy, etc.) to gather information for practical applications and more fundamental studies. Participating Faculty Member: Dr. Keith Veenhuizen

Highlighted Student/Faculty Research

Collin Barker ’19 and Joshua Miller ’21 present their research on laser modifications of glass.

Research Presentations

Collin Barker ’19 and Joshua Miller ’21

Collin Barker ’19 and Joshua Miller ’21 present their research on laser modifications of glass during a poster session at the 25th International Congress on Glass in Boston, Mass.

Jacob Franklin ’23 presents his research  at the Disappearing Boundaries Summer Research Meeting in 2019.

Student/Faculty Research Presentations

Jacob Franklin ’23

Jacob Franklin ’23 presents his research on the effect of glass composition on the laser-induced nucleation and growth of lithium niobate crystals in lithium niobosilicate glass at the Disappearing Boundaries Summer Research Meeting in 2019.

Samantha Smith ’22 and Lauren Hagy ’22 work together in the lab at LVC.

Student/Faculty Research

Samantha Smith ’22 and Lauren Hagy ’22

Samantha Smith ’22 and Lauren Hagy ’22 work together in Dr. Keith Veenhuizen’s lab at LVC to configure the optical setup for creating laser modifications in copper-doped lithium niobosilicate glass.

Joshua Miller ’21 presents his computational nuclear physics research at the Division of Nuclear Physics Fall 2019 Meeting in Crystal City, VA.

Research Presentations

Joshua Miller ’21

Joshua Miller ’21 presents his computational nuclear physics research on quark-gluon correlations in hadrons during a poster session at the Division of Nuclear Physics Fall 2019 Meeting in Crystal City, Va.

Joshua Miller ’21 and Dr. Dan Pitonyak work together programming code in Python.

Student/Faculty Research

Joshua Miller ’21 and Dr. Dan Pitonyak

Joshua Miller ’21 and Dr. Dan Pitonyak work together programming code in Python to calculate high-energy particle collisions used in their nuclear physics research.