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The tractor beam has arrived
Fall 2013

It's not Star Trek, but WSU physicist Phil Marston theorized a real tractor beam, which other researchers have now demonstrated in the laboratory. 


Categories: Physics
Tags: Force, Tractor beam


Living the right-sized life
Spring 2012
I want to walk on water, climb walls, and dance on the ceiling. If insects can do it, it’s only fair that I should, too.But this thing called physics has decreed otherwise. Carol Anelli, a WSU entomologist, can tell you why, having a lifelong f...
Categories: Biological sciences, Physics
Tags: Entomology, Insects


Picture this
Summer 2009
Doerte Blume is good at explaining difficult concepts. She draws as she talks, putting into pictures what she knows about the tiniest fragments of matter. Her desk is swimming in paper, with notes and graphs and sketches of atoms lapping at the si...
Categories: Physics
Tags: Superconductivity, Subatomic particles


Student of light: Recent grad transcends boundaries
Fall 2007
"When you come to a fork in the road," said Yogi Berra, "take it."Xavier Perez-Moreno has done just that.Last spring the effusive, pony-tailed Spaniard received a Ph.D. conferred by Washington State University and The Catholic University of Leuven...
Categories: Chemistry, Physics, WSU students
Tags: Theoretical physics


The science shop
Winter 2006
Physicist Peter Engels and a team of skilled craftsmen combine imagination, clever design, and precision handiwork to launch WSU into the ultra-cold, ultra-weird world of superfluids.
Categories: Physics, Engineering
Tags: Scientific equipment


All that glitters: The shimmering nano-alchemy of Lai-Sheng Wang
Fall 2006
Lai-Sheng Wang places a tinker-toyish thing onto a visitor's palm. Many such toys line the Washington State University physics professor's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory office in Richland. The object at hand—12 steel balls hinged to red ...
Categories: Physics
Tags: Nanotechnology


Learning what it is to do science
Summer 2006
A few years ago, Tom Dickinson lifted the lid from his grande americano and started wondering about the water droplets that clung to its underside. Why were they that size? Why did some merge into bigger drops surrounded by little drops?Coming fro...
Categories: Physics, Education
Tags: Undergraduate research


Taking it to the limit
Summer 2006
The Kuzyk limit, that is. And to think it started with just a few doodles.
Categories: Mathematics, Physics
Tags: Light, Research


Shock Physics: Power, Pressure, and People
Summer 2005
After the Soviet Union tested its first nuclear device, the U.S. determined that staying ahead in the arms race would require the best scientists and the best weapons. A new federal funding model emerged, channeling money into universities around the country for research and the training of the next generation of national scientists. By the late 1950s, WSU had started on shock-wave research.
Categories: Physics
Tags: National laboratories, Shock physics, Nuclear physics


All's well that ends well
Summer 2005
How do you describe the feeling of watching 18 years of work come to nothing? Shock. Numbness. A sinking in the stomach. Atkinson wanted to punch something. His colleagues left to get a beer. But the Cassini team wasn't quite ready to concede failure. An hour after dispersing in despair, they came together again, this time with a glimmer of hope.
Categories: Physics
Tags: Saturn, Astrophysics, Space exploration


Pumpkin Physics
Spring 2005

". . . two, one, drop!" the crowd roared. It was a smashing way to demonstrate Galileo's law of falling objects.


Categories: Physics
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A Nuclear Icon
Spring 2005
If you've ever driven State Road 24 from Othello to Yakima, you may have glanced across the Columbia as you neared the Vernita Bridge and noticed the B Reactor. There it sits across the river, stark, intriguing, and mysterious against the shrub-st...
Categories: Physics, Engineering
Tags: Nuclear reactors


Abelson shaped thinking as a scientist, editor of Science
Winter 2004
Regents' Distinguished WSU AlumnusDuring a life spanning 91 years, Tacoma native Philip Hauge Abelson left an indelible imprint on science. As a scientist and as longtime respected editor of Science magazine (1962-83), he shaped thinking in the sc...
Categories: Physics, Chemistry, Alumni
Tags: Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award


A search through space and time
Fall 2003
In 1916, Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves in his general theory of relativity. However, due to technological limitations, the existence of gravitational waves has been inferred only through indirect observations. Scientists hope to change that with the LIGO facility at Hanford, Washington.
Categories: Physics
Tags: Gravitational waves


How do bonds break?
Summer 2003
The underlying question that motivates my current work is,What are the forces on atoms and ions associated with surfaces that result in these particles leaving or reattaching to the surface when stimulated with an outside agent?These surfaces may b...
Categories: Physics, Chemistry
Tags: Atoms


George E. Duvall, gentleman scholar
Summer 2003
George E. Duval, 82, a pioneer of shock physics research and professor emeritus at Washington State University, died January 3, 2003 in Vancouver. He was internationally recognized as a founder and leader in studies related to shock wave propagati...
Categories: WSU faculty, Physics
Tags: In memoriam, Shock physics, Education


Philip & Neva Abelson: Pioneers on the knowledge frontier
Spring 2003
Philip Abelson '33 developed the process, adopted by the Manhattan Project, for separating U-235 from U-238. He went on to make significant contributions to biochemistry, chemistry, engineering physics, and other fields. Neva Abelson '34 developed the test for the Rh factor in newborns. What was once Science Hall now carries their name.
Categories: Physics, Alumni
Tags: Nuclear physics, Pediatrics