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Created in part by UF, world's largest computing grid launches
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oart bt Ini ersitg of Florida researchers. a.
launched on ',c tober -. t[ crunch the mammoth
amounts of data e pected to be produced by the
largee Hadron Collider particle accelerator in

Three weekss after the first particle beams ,ere
nlected into the collider the VVorld ,ide LHC
C.onmputing '3rid combined the po ,er of more than
140 computer centers from c.. countries to analyze
and manage more than 1. million igaabytes, of LHC.
data e er. g.ear The part of the grid located in the
.J S kno ,n as the ',pen Science ,'rd is a direct
outgro th of t .0 earlier grid projects led by the
.ni ersit. of Florida The principal in estigator and
director for those grids kno ,n as.
'PriPhn'l i and [v'IISL acs Paul Avery
SLIF professor of phy.ics. There .ere
basically three national projects that
merged to form the ':pen Science Grid
and t .o of those .ere our projects
said er, .,ho ser es as '-'S' 5
Council Co-Chairman The LHC. 1, Currently do ,n for
'epairs E.ut ,hen it is running at full speed it is
expected to produce enough data to fill about 100
million CCis per gear The data consists largely of
:he record of hundreds of millions of collisions of
orotons per Second protons mo ing at lose to the
speed of light within the accelerator

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The ''cpen Science Grid not only contributes
computing po ,er for LHC. data needs but also for
projects in many other scientific fields including
biology nanotechnology medicine and climate
science ery said those projects include projects
at IF which is tied into the '_'pen Science 3rid
through its LHC effort and the IIF High
Performance C ompuiting Center

Particle physics projects such as the LHC ha e
been a dri Ing force for the de elopment of
worldd ,ide computing grids said Ed Seidel
director of the I national Science Foundation s
officee of C. berinfrastruictire The benefits from
these grids are no being reaped in areas. ar .
di erse as. mathematical modeling and drug
disCO ery


Fall 2008

Friday @ 4:00pm
2165 NPB

Condensed Matter
Monday @ 4:05pm
2205 NPB

High Energy
Tuesday & Fridays
@ 2:00pm
2165 NPB

Thursday @ 4:05
1002 NPB

Quantum Theory
Wednesday @
2205 NPB

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The I latonal High I a g.gnetic Field Laboratory II IHP..,FL I holds
a lsers C.ommninittee IMleeting each g.ear to re ie the ser ice
pro. ded by the national laboratory to scientists from around
the worldd .ho conduct experiments at the e-tremes of
magnetic field and in temperature while spanning a de range of pure and
applied sciences from ph ysics and chemistryg to biology and materials
applications This g.ear s meeting .ill be held I10 ember T-0 in 220.-. IIFE.
.,th opening remarks by LIF s Ciean for Research VVin P'hillips s. a
prelude to the meeting a workshopp on Tiieim.:nieh ion H,. I1la.nei:c
Fie/eds .ill be held I 0 ember F .l0am--. -.0pmo in 22C5 I IFE. _.tudenlt n La0

-t the In ersI ly of Florida ,e operate .0 programs for users iI [he High E.eT Facilit,. n the c.. 1crokel in
Laboratory for stiidying phenomena at high magnetic field I E.and ultra-lo temperatures Ti
simiultaneouisly and iii the -d anced M,..agnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopgy -"P..IRISI facility, at
the F..IcKnight E.rain Institute ,here studies image the structure and function of Ii ing cells small biological
signaling molecules and large biomolecules suc h as proteins The Users C.oninttee is elec ted from a
group of Iisers .ho ha e conducted experiments at any of the three campuses of the I jHPMFL L-IliL FSI
and UF s,,, '.H\IFL.. i- ,.&:, 4_

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The Historic Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry Conference

In 1911 Ernest Solvay, a Belgian chemist and industrialist, held
an invitation-only Conseil Solvay, the first world physics
conference. The following year the first International Solvay
Institutes for Physics and Chemistry Conference was held in
Brussels, Belgium. The Solvay Conferences have been devoted
to addressing leading questions in both physics and chemistry
and past participants have included Max Planck, Ernest
Rutherford, Marie Curie, Henri Poincar6, Albert Einstein, Niels
Bohr, Paul Dirac, Werner Heisenberg, Max Born, and Erwin

In 1927 the Fifth Solvay International Conference on Electrons
and Protons was attended by the world's most notable physicists
to discuss the newly formulated quantum theory. This was
Photo: First conference in 1911 held at the Hotel Metropole, Albert considered the most famous conference and it was then that
Einstein is second from right and Marie Curie is seated at the table Albert Einstein, troubled by Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle,
remarked, "God does not play dice." to which Bohr replied,
"Einstein, stop telling God what to do." Distinguished Physics Professor, Pierre Ramond, recently attended the 24th Solvay
Conference on Physics, Quantum Theory of Condensed Matter, and serves on the Institute's Scientific Committee. As in
1911, the recent Solvay conference was held at the historic Hotel Metropole http://www. metropolehotel.com. The
Solvay Company continues to make significant strides in chemistry and physics today and is owned by Ernest Solvay's
great- grandson http://www.solvay.com.

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2008 Outstanding Young Researcher Award
Professor Ho Bun Chan is the co-recipient of the 2008 Outstanding
Young Researcher Award of the Overseas Chinese Physics
Association. The award committee cited Ho Bun's "significant
contributions in the measurement of quantum mechanical Casimir forces
using micromechanical devices and in the study of fluctuation-induced
switching in nonlinear micromechanical oscillators." Ho Bun will share
the $1500 award with Feng Wang (University of California, Berkeley) and
Congjun Wu (University of California, San Diego). For details, see

Invited Lecture
On October 14 Professor Sam Trickey, gave an
invited lecture in Spanish to the Escuela de
Lauderi'a (School of Violin Making) of the
Institute Nacional de Bellas Artes (National same a rikey
Institute of Fine Arts) of Mexico, in Quere'taro
Me'xico. Entitled "Fi'sica de Mu'sica y Mu'sica 14 de Ocube 2008
de Fi'sica" (Physics of Music and Music of .*
Physics) it was about the development of a -
animations and use of photographs and videos ..:-
integrated in a PowerPoint demonstrated in PHY
-2464, based on Prof. Sam Matteson's Univ. of
North Texas course and integrating
material from Profs. Gene Dunnam's and Len Peterson's versions of the course. Trickey's
PowerPoint has been translated into Spanish by a student in the Lauderi'a, Ms. Sayuri
Yoshida, and will be used as part of their Acustica Mu'sical course taught by Mc. Josefina
Rodri'guez. Parts of the material already have been used by Trickey's friend and
collaborator Prof. Carlos Quintanar (Physics, UNAM) at the Escuela de Lauderi'a de
Guitarras (School of Guitar Making) in Paracho Michoacan Me'xico. On October 17
Trickey also gave the concluding lecture of the "Simpoisio de Teori'a de Funcicionales de
Densidad", a celebration of the career of Jose' Luiz Ga'zquez, former Rector of
Universidad Auto'noma Metropolitana, Mexico City, and distinguished theoretical chemist.

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Alicia Fowler. ne ,
Program sistant
in Student Ser ices,
"licia recently
Returned to IF after
being employed in
UF administration for

Studeaet /ews

The Annual Students Meet the Faculty Event
The Department's annual 'Graduate Students Meet the Faculty' event will
be held on Thursday, December 11, from 4 30pm until about 6 30pin, in
room 2205 NPB. Light food and refreshments will be provided as well as encouraging lively
discussion between faculty and students Recipients of the annual graduate student

awards wAill be announced -- so be sure to be there'

Students Awards
Daniel Pajerowski has been given a $250 CLAS
Graduate Travel Award, with an additional award
of $250 from the Department. Dan is a 4th year
graduate student working with Professor Mark
Meisel. The award was to attend the International
Conference on Molecular Magnetism in Florence,
Italy, where he was to make two presentations,
"Photoinduced magnetism in heterogeneous
prussian blue analogs" and "Magnetic anisotropy
in thin films of prussian blue analogs."

Katherine Dooley, a 3rd-year
student working with Professor
SDavid Reitze, received a $250
Department award to attend the
-A J Fall 2008 SESAPS
S(Southeastern Section of the
American Physical Society)
meeting at North Carolina State
University, where she gave an
update on the Advanced LIGO project. Kate was
also selected to receive a LIGO Laboratory
Fellowship from the California Institute of
Technology for the 2008-2009 academic year. The
Fellowship includes a $5000 stipend, as well as
travel support and support for incremental living
expenses related to being at the site. Kate is
working with the UF LIGO group and is based at
the LIGO Livingston Observatory in Louisiana.

t Recently Niarried

Ron Remington, a third year PhD
student working on the CMS
Experiment within the High Energy
Experimental Physics group with
Prof. Yelton, married Jeannette
Ransom on October 4. Ron and
Jeannette met as teenagers while
living in their home town of Ormond
Beach, Florida, and have been
dating 6 years. Jeannette is
currently a graduate student in the
Architecture Department at UF and
is pursuing a Master's Degree in
Historic Preservation. Upon her
graduating in May 2009, the couple
will spend time in Geneva,
Switzerland where Ron will be
doing research on site at CERN as
part of the CMS collaboration.

Physics student, Jeffrey
Hoskins, gets into the 'spirit'
of things on Halloween.

O Fermilab Visiting Scholars Program funds
r MiniBooNE experiment at Fermilab
Professor Heather Ray and her graduate student Joe Grange have been awarded $14,000
by the United Research Association's (URA) Visiting Scholars Program in support of Joe's
work on the MiniBooNE experiment at Fermilab. To learn more about the award visit:

* a:.'i:: ] UF Science for Life Women
":.' .." As part of the Howard Hughes Research Institute (HHMI)
-- collaboration with Furman University, senior UF women with an
.- ..'-. .- -.. .--- interest in academic careers at predominantly undergraduate
-- institutions are invited to apply for a 10-week summer research
experience on Furman's campus in Greenville, South Carolina. The
program is targeted toward students graduating in 2009 who intend to
pursue a doctoral degree in life science fields, and who may have an
-- ..interest in teaching in a liberal arts setting.
-Visit http://www.furman.edu/hhmi for more information or download
fI flyer at http://www.phys.ufl.edu/publications/downloads/womeninscience.pdf

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_'lOnt ;no P I7Oj, n u cnnI'l'uilea t L'tE ;DI&'_
The Ciepartment of F'h,siCis hosted the FIlorida sectional
meeting of the _merican associationn of I'hgis, Teachers
October 1 -1. VVith help from the local organizers; Peter
Hirschfeld and Bob DeSerio and attended by' educators
from middlethigh schoolI and colleges. the meeting kicked
off Frida, e ening ith a social and dinner Profeissor Fred
Gregory from the IIF History, Department ga e an
after-dinner presentation on lie ,ton and the applee
folio ,Ing a welcomee by, Alan Dorsey .ho took the
opportunity to high!! ight the ne., iF! Teach initiative
designed to increase the quality and quantity of UF
graduates with degrees in science and math education.
The meeting continued Saturday morning with
contributed and invited talks by AAPT members and
department faculty. Peter Hirschfeld, Gary Ihas,
Amlan Biswas, Jack Sabin and Bob DeSerio gave
talks on various teaching and research topics. Rick
Field gave an invited presentation on the department's
involvement in particle physics and high energy
accelerators such as CERN's Large Hadron Collider.
Anne Cox of Eckerd College showed how to use a
Nintendo Wii game controller with an infrared light pen,
a data projector and a bluetooth enabled computer to
create a smart "white board."
After a lunch and business meeting, participants di
attended a Physics is Phun show presented by wi
Charles Parks followed by a tour of the teaching labs atl
organized by Bob Deserio with many of the
introductory, electronic, and advanced physics lab
experiments running. Undergraduate physics majors:
Davis Blank, Bryce Bolin, Hayward Cooper, Michael
DeGraff, Chris Mueller, and Mauricio Pilo-Pais
volunteered to set up several of the advanced physics
lab experiments and talked with participants about the
experiments and their college experiences. The
meeting closed following an instructive tutorial
presented by Anne Cox and Karim Diff of Santa Fe
College on using Easy Java Simulations, a E
programming environment that makes to simple to i
create web-based physical models with instructions, a
user interface and graphical displays.

Charles Parks gets help from Peter Hirschfeld and Fred Gregory get
one of the meeting attendees ready for the after-dinner talk.
during the Physics is Phun

undergraduate Michael DeGraff
scusses the NMR experiment
th one of the meeting
tendees, Anne Cox.

meeting participants work on
Easy Java Simulations in an
introductory lab.

The review explores user satisfaction, for both short term goals (efficiencies and success of im '- aWe
current experiments) and progress toward long term goals of the NHMFL, such as the planning 2
for the free electron laser facility and interactions with other national laboratories. The committee H _
will also tour the two sites at UF to assess local UF support and infrastructure. The High B/T j o,
facility is upgrading capabilities to reach 20 T with a new magnet under construction and tiooo
expected to be delivered in Spring 2009. As shown in the figure, this will significantly extend 2007
the range of B and T over which experiments can be conducted, making the UF capability unique w
in the world. Experiments at the High B/T facility can take several months to run and usually 2X0 '
include several participants from many institutions and, because of the technical challenges, nx T, "
often involve a local collaborator. Proposals to conduct experiments are reviewed and if MW' o
approved, given a time window 6 months in advance. Current experiments include studies of o so
quantum phase transitions, Bose-Einstein condensation of magnons, magnetism in reduced B(Tea)
dimensionalities, superfluid 3He and the purported supersolid phase of 4He. Distinguished users Comparison of similar facilities
include two Nobel laureates and collaborators from the UK, Brazil, France, and Slovakia. Experiments around the wo
in AMRIS involve live animals, tissues, chemical extracts, or purified biological molecules. Special expertise includes molecular
imaging that utilizes nanoparticles to track the distribution of cells for stem cell and gene therapy, MRI microscopy that is capable of
cellular resolution of intact tissues, and ultra high sensitivity analysis of small quantities of biological molecules.

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Meeting participants enjoyed the Pi
Phun show in the small auditorium.

Undergraduate Bryce Bolin (r) discusses the
cosmic ray muon experiment with meeting


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