Physics students speak
"Involvement of students into various research activities helps students to test and sharpen their theoretical and practical skills," says Dr. Alexander Konopelko, visiting professor in the Department of Physics. "While setting up the experiments, performing an observation, or working out computations, students gain knowledge."
According to Konopelko, students in the Physics Department are currently working on the research projects in various fields including Astrophysics.
"Mohamed Rawnan is developing a phenomenological model of the high-energy spectral data for a particular pulsar," he says.
Rawnan presented his results at the 141st Annual Meeting of The Kansas Academy of Science, at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas.
"I am very happy that Physics Department let me participate in the Topeka meeting," said Rawnan. "It was a good opportunity for me to talk to many researchers and get updated on various topics of the scientific research. I did present my results but also attended many other presentations, which expanded my horizons in science research."
In addition, Dong Qing Huang is currently analyzing data from VERITAS (Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System) and looking into the absorption of gamma rays from the distant AGNs (active galactic nuclei).
"VERITAS," says Konopelko, "is a state-of-the-art experiment in Arizona built by the US, Canada, and Ireland.
According to him, "Such study may end up with an indirect detection of the most promising dark matter particles - axions."
Dong Qing reported his results at the 39th annual Mid-American Regional Astrophysics Conference (MARAC) 2009, hold at the Linda Hall Library, Kansas City, MO.
"I appreciate this presentation opportunity given by the PSU Physics Department," said Dong Quing. "It was the first time for me to attend this kind of meeting and to give a speech in front of such a group in my life. Not only I improved my presentation skills, but also I got to know what other people are doing in the Astrophysics field, which expands my knowledge of physics greatly. I will remember this first presentation for a very long time, if not my whole life."
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