Students in the Physics & Astronomy program have the opportunity to join their professors in conducting publishable research in the field.
- Ashley Horan ’15 is to conduct research with Professor Alessandro Massarotti at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The pair will continue Professor Massarotti’s ongoing work on computer simulations of rocky planets’ interiors.
- Melissa Drury ’15 and Hannah Fitch ’15 are doing research with Professor Mevan Gunawardena in the field of atomic, molecular and quantum optics. Together, they are primarily looking into developing techniques for measuring weak atomic and molecular transitions and controlling the dynamics of how these systems evolve.
Physics Complements Work in Other Programs
Norton native Nathaniel Bowditch ’13 was one of 49 students from Stonehill who worked with faculty members at the College this summer on research projects through the Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program. The SURE Program provides students with an opportunity to perform significant, publishable research under the guidance of an experienced faculty researcher.
Bowditch, a Computer Science major, worked with Assistant Professor of Physics Mevan Gunawardena on a project entitled “‘Detection of Weak Atomic Transitions with Entangled Photons.”
The ongoing project aims to understand and control quantum coherences and entangled states in atomic, molecular or optical systems and investigate potential applications in spectroscopy and imaging.
Bowditch, along with three other students, used a nonlinear crystal to create entangled photon via parametric down conversion. The entanglement of these photons is being investigated using photon counting techniques. The eventual goal of this work is to demonstrate imaging at a resolution beyond the classical limit.
The research experience provided Bowditch with a competitive advantage in graduate and professional school applications and in post-college employment opportunities. The SURE program also provides assistance to faculty in research activities.