2011 Physics Department Summer Students’ Research Symposium

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Location: TB 340

Time: 5:40 pm


Some of the students who performed research during this past summer in the Physics Department will present their interesting work in the symposium.


Summer research projects provide excellent opportunities for students to work together with professors, post-docs and other students on real research problems. Every year many professors in the Physics Department provide opportunities for summer students to work in their groups. This year we had students from all years in the physics program performing summer research.


If you have interest in performing summer research, this symposium will be a good opportunity for you to meet some of the students who worked during this past summer. First, second and third year students are especially encouraged to attend the symposium because in the near future they will have the opportunity to apply for these summer research positions.


Students will give 8 min talks plus 2 min for questions.


A prize will be awarded to the student with the best presentation.


We will have a break with free pizza!



Experimental Particle Physics

5:45 pm: Ba tagging for the EXO experiment, Ryan Killick

5:55 pm: ILCs, TPCs, and PRFs: The physics of acronyms, Peter Hayman

6:05 pm: Parameterizing the excitation cross Sections in xenon, Terry Buck

6:15 pm: FOREWARN: Predicting extreme space weather, James Botte

Medical Physics

6:25 pm: Spectroscopy and microdosimetry using Al2O3:C,Mg fluorescent nuclear track

detectors, Conor McFadden

6:35 pm: Pizza break

Medical Physics

7:10 pm: BrachyDose graphical user interface, Martin Martinov

7:20 pm: Comparing dose-to-water vs. dose-to-media and dose-to-point vs. dose-tovolume

in the context of eye plaque brachytherapy, Matthew Inglis-Whalen

7:30 pm: Validation of Geant4 Physics: The Fano Test and Ion Chamber Calculations,

Matthew Chequers

Theoretical Particle Physics

7:40 pm: Weakly-charged scalar multiplets as candidates for dark matter, Terry


7:50 pm: Experimental limits on weakly-charged scalar multiplets as candidates for dark

matter, Kevin Earl