Students of the Loyola University Physics Department recently completed the build of a 16-band audio spectrum analyzer.The goal of project was to build an electronic device that is capable of filtering the frequencies of an audio signal from 20Hz to 20 kHz across 16 channels while displaying the level of each channel on a corresponding 10-segment bar graph. With the assistance of Dr. Rousseau, the students involved in the project were Cody Smith, Andrew Eddins, Coleman Green, Jake Rubin, and William Bagget.
The Loyola chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma inducted three new members into the honors society on Tuesday, April 25th. The inductees include Cody Smith, Spencer Rosenbohm, David Olivier (not pictured) and physics professor, Tirthabir Biswas.
The SPS honors society is very active within the Loyola physics department and puts on seminars throughout the year with speakers from a wide range of backgrounds and professions who discuss current topics related to physics and other sciences.
The students and faculty of the physics department participated in Fools Fest this past weekend on campus. Fools Fest is a "Loyola Family Affair" event put on by Loyola students that include live music, food, and booths by different committees and organizations. The Physics department had multiple interactive demonstrations such as a rotating bicycle wheel, which shows the angular momentum and gravity torque, and electrostatics with a Van de Graaf generator.
The Department of Physics is pleased to announce the newest addition to our faculty, Arnaldo J. Vargas. Arnaldo is a graduate of Universidad de Puerto Pico. He will soon be receiving his Ph.D. from Indiana University Bloomington where he has worked for the last 7 years educating students as their laboratory instructor, discussion leader, and course instructor. Arnaldo has had multiple publications in the Physics Review and has presented his research at seminars throughout the US and Japan.
The Physics department is excited to announce that the Loyola Student Physics Society Chapter has been recognized as "Distinguished" for the 3rd consecutive year. Students at the physics department at Loyola are among the most active on campus in terms of their involvement with research, commitment and participation in various outreach programs mainly aimed at energizing school kids towards science. They also participate in on-campus events such as the President's open house and the Monroe Rededication Ceremony.
Dave Vumbaco is a former student of Loyola University New Orleans Physics Department and is currently pursuing his PhD in Cell Biology and Anatomy and Neuroscience from Louisiana State University Health and Science Center.
Dr. Rousseau's research on the Bose-Hubbard model on a triangular lattice with diamond ring-exchange was recently published in Physical Review B.
Ilyes Benslimane was recently published in Bioscience Reports for his contributions to the paper "ApoE deficiency promotes colon inflammation and enhances the inflammatory potential of oxidized LDL and TNF-α in primary colon epithelial cells." Ilyes worked under Louisiana State University Professor, Dr. Hamid Boulares, at the Louisiana Cancer Research Center.
Former Physics student, Richard Bustos, presented his work "Constraining Theories of Gravity From Light Deviation Experiments" at the American Physics Society meeting held in Salt Lake City, Utah in April.
This was Bustos second time presenting for the American Physics Society.
Dr. Armin Kargol (Physics) and Dr. Kimberlee Mix (Biological Sciences) have received a $112k grant from the LA Board of Regents Support Fund Enhancement Program for the acquisition of two instruments, the Port-a-Patch (a compact patch clamp system to study electrical properties of cells) and the Nucleofector (a computerized device for cell transfections). Both instruments will be used in collaborative research and in courses taught by Dr. Kargol and Dr. Mix.