ACU to host TX physics conference

Posted March 18, 2014

ACU will host the Joint Spring 2014 Meeting of the Texas Sections of the American Physical Society (APS), American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and Zone 13 of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) March 20-22. 

Eight physics experts from across the country will be keynote speakers at the meeting. They have experiences ranging from hosting a TED talk (Kirk Sorensen) to testifying before Congress (Dr. Andrew Dessler). Other speakers include Dr. Robert Hargraves, Dr. Michal Loverude, Dr. Peter McIntyre, Dr. Thad Walker ('83) and ACU alumnus Dr. Jeff Kimble (’71). 

Kimble, professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology and director of the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, specializes in research on quantum information science and the quantum dynamics of open systems. He completed his undergraduate degree at Abilene Christian University in 1971, then his doctoral degree in 1977 at the University of Rochester. He spent two years as a staff scientist at the General Motors Research Laboratories. In 1979, he joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where he eventually held the Sid Richardson Regents’ Chair of Physics before moving to Caltech in 1989. The general areas of his research are quantum information science and the quantum dynamics of open systems, including quantum measurement, cavity quantum electrodynamics, and the realization of quantum networks. Professor Kimble is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, and the Optical Society of America, and is a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences. 

The program includes: 

  • Friday Morning – The Future of Energy Using a Global Perspective 
  • Friday Afternoon – The Future of Physics Education Research Using the Majors Perspective 
  • Saturday Morning – The Future of Optics Using a Quantum Approach 

"We're thrilled to be bringing leading physicists together from across the state and even from around the country," says Dr. Rusty Towell, professor and chair of ACU's Department of Engineering and Physics. "We're especially excited to host a discussion about the future of liquid fluoride thorium reactors (LFTRs). LFTRs hold the possibility of radically altering the way we produce energy in the coming years since they are clean, virtually limitless and safe." 

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