Professor David Hanneke Wins NSF CAREER Grant for Physics Research with Amherst College Students

Submitted on Monday, 7/1/2013, at 4:58 PM

By Katherine Duke ’05

The research that takes place in David Hanneke’s lab in Merrill Science Center involves a lot of cool stuff: lasers, crystals, electromagnetic traps, the fundamental constants of the universe and Amherst College students. Now Hanneke, an assistant professor of physics, has a five-year, $600,000 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his team’s ongoing investigations into the properties of charged particles.  

2012 Fermilab Lee Teng Internship

I worked as a Lee Teng intern at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory from June - August 2012. I worked under Dr. Jayakar C. Thangaraj in Accelerator Physics Center on improving the boundary conditions of microwave reflection technique to measure electron cloud density in the Fermilab Main Injector. The project involves use of a network analyser, dipole antennas and subsequent data analysis.

2011 Amherst Summer Science Research Fellowship

In the summer of my freshman year, I worked at Professor David Hall's lab on testing an optical system for Bragg scattering of atoms for real time imaging of optically trapped Bose-Einstein condensate. The project involves aligning optics and acousto-optic modulators, working with laser mounts, spectrum analysers and other associated electronics.

I continued to work at Professor Hall's lab in Fall 2011 semester, transferring this system onto the main apparatus in the lab.