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Opportunities for summer internships and more at the Lincoln Laboratories

MIT Lincoln Laboratory will be on-campus on October 2-3 to recruit undergraduate and graduate students for potential employment opportunities.  We will be participating in the Career Fair on October 2nd and holding on-campus interviews on October 3rd .  If you know top students who might be interested in employment at Lincoln Lab, please ask them to sign up for an on-campus interview with the Career Center and apply online at Lincoln’s website ( *The deadline for applying for interview slots is September 23rd .* Please note that all Lincoln employees must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET-level U.S. security clearance.

*Peter A Kiefer*
/Associate Staff/
Advanced Sensor Systems & Test Beds
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
244 Wood St, Lexington, MA 02420
Mailstop: KH1-235H
Phone: 781-981-4005

MIT Lincoln Lab

Physics Cooking Class for Spring 2013

Looking for a fun and “tasty” class? Want to impress your significant other? Enroll in PH 4999 (3 credits), “What’s Cooking? A Physicist in the Kitchen.” The class will be available in spring 2013.

Apart from cooking and tasting delicious food, you will learn quantum physics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and even laser spectroscopy.

For more information, contact Professor Jacek Borysow.

Gamma Ray Research in Great Lakes and World Science News

Gamma RayThe Great Lakes Innovation & Technology Report, published by CBS Detroit, reported on the research of Robert Nemiroff (Physics) into gamma ray bursts, which is giving scientists a better understanding of the makeup of the universe.

Nemiroff’s discovery was also published in World Science and on Science Codex, an online science news site.

Spacetime: A Smoother Brew Than We Knew
Spacetime may be less like beer and more like sipping whiskey.

Or so an intergalactic photo finish would suggest.

Physicist Robert Nemiroff of Michigan Technological University reached this heady conclusion after studying the tracings of three photons of differing wavelengths that had been recorded by NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope in May 2009.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Marcia Goodrich.

Have three little photons broken theoretical physics?

“Originally we were looking for something else, but were struck when two of the highest energy photons from this detected gamma-ray burst appeared within a single millisecond,” Nemiroff told Life’s Little Mysteries. When the physicists looked at the data more closely, they found a third gamma ray photon within a millisecond of the other two.

Read more at Science on NBC News feature “Life’s Little Mysteries.”

Something’s wrong, Einstein’s right

To detect the ripples in space-time, scientists have turned to the radiation produced by incredibly violent cosmic events, known as Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs). Produced by the death of giant spinning stars, GRBs are bright enough to be seen billions of light-years away – far enough to allow distortions due to Planck-scale effects to reveal themselves.

Several international teams have been examining records of GRBs for signs of the effects, pushing down to ever smaller scales. The most recent results have now been announced by a group led by Prof Robert Nemiroff of Michigan Technological University.

Read more at The National, by Robert Matthews.

Quantum spacetime more like foam rubber than beer foam

A recent study of gamma-ray bursts by Professor Robert Nemiroff and his colleagues at Michigan Technological University provides the first strong evidence concerning the small-scale smoothness of spacetime. Oddly, this examination of the very small is accomplished by measuring a handful of gamma-rays after they traveled over ten billion light years.

Read more at Gizmag, by Brian Dodson.

Smooth Like Whiskey

These photons are so energetic, their wavelengths should make them small enough to interact with these little “bubbles” and be scattered. But because the photons arrived at the telescope in a dead heat, the MTU teams concludes they had nothing to interact with — that spacetime is not bubbly, but smooth (you know, like fine whiskey). Fantastic, how shall we celebrate?

Read more at Air & Space Smithsonian.

Physics Proposals in Progress August 16-24, 2012

Assistant Professor Claudio Mazzoleni (Physics/EPSSI), “CAREER: Clouds, Turbulence and Mixing: A Remote Sensing Investigation within a Cloud Chamber,” NSF

Assistant Professor Kim Fook Lee (Physics), “CAREER: Fundamental Studies of Discrete Spatial EPR Entanglement,” NSF.

Assistant Research Scientist Loredana Valenzano (Physics) and Professor Ravindra Pandey (Physics), “First Principles Study of Primary Components of Portland Cement,” UCLA.

Professor and Chair Ravindra Pandey (Physics/MuSTI), “First Principles Studies of Structure-Property Relationship in Graphene-based Materials for Defense,” Army Research Laboratory.

Associate Professor Ranjit Pati (Physics), “EAGER: designing a molecular scale spin-switch,” NSF.

Great Lakes Research Center Dedication Thursday

It’s the Great Lakes Research Center, or GLRC. The public is invited to the dedication ceremony for Michigan Technological University’s newest building, set for 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2. Inside are eight laboratories, each tailored for different research topics that relate to the Great Lakes, among them exotic and invasive species, fish ecology, sediments, remote sensing and atmospheric science. READ MORE

See also Atmospheric Sciences and Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute for more information about atmospheric and remote sensing activities at Michigan Tech.