University of Oklahoma SPS Chapter
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November 16, 2010,
Mary Hogan posted
Sooner Elementary Engineering and Science (SeeS) Outreach Program
On November 8, 2010, Mary Hogan posted Dec. 2nd: Early Star-forming Galaxies and the Reionization of the Universe
On November 8, 2010, Mary Hogan posted Nov. 18th: Casimir Forces and the Perversity of Solid State Physics
President: Mary Hogan
Vice Pres.: Mallory Getts
Treasurer: Austin Burkett
Secretary/ Web Developer: Dustin (Lee) Clouse
Event Coordinator - Logan Maingi
Treasurer: Daniel Wilson* (deployed overseas)
Webmistress: Ashley Atkins* (on medical leave)
Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy
The University of Oklahoma
440 W. Brooks St.
Norman, OK 73019
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- Austin Burkett
- Bruce Mason
- Bryce Callies
- Daniel Wilson
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- Mary Hogan
Here at OU, SPS conducts most of its activities in Nielsen Hall, home to the Physics Department. We hold multiple events throughout each semester. In the past, events have included outreach and education at elementary schools (our SeeS program), movie nights, tutoring, holiday parties, outings, and projects. We also participate in the campus-wide Big Event each year to provide volunteer services to the Oklahoma City area.
Nov. 18th: Casimir Forces and the Perversity of Solid State Physics
Presentation by: Raul Esquivel-Sirvent from Northwestern University (sabbatical)
Several table-top experiments have been proposed recently to search for new forces and extra dimensions at the nano scale and to look for chameleon particles trying to measure the pressure between two plates due chameleon fields. These experimental proposals rely on the understanding of other forces involved in the experiments such as the electrostatic force and the Casimir force. In this talk I will discuss how several known properties of the materials will make the success of these experiments very unlikely and how the real properties of solids affect the Casimi force when we go beyond simple models for the dielectric functions. On the positive side of things, I will also show how we can modify the Casimir force and the Casimir torque using, for example, magneto plasmons and external magnetic fields.
- Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy's Centennial Celebration: Check out our series of events celebrating 100 years for the department!