Two physicists at EWU will provide additional research opportunities for students after receiving external funding for summer projects.
Andres Aragoneses, an assistant professor, and lecturer Jason Stoke, both in EWU’s Physics Department, were, respectively, awarded funding from the M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Stoke’s DOE-supported project will involve travel with two EWU students, Joel Price and Derek Burke, to the Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) in Richland, Washington. There the EWU team will work with Tiffany Kaspar, an atomically precise materials scientist at PNNL’s Molecular Sciences Lab, to explore the properties of various “thin films” — the often nanometers-thin layers applied to surfaces in order to create more useful applications for the underlying material.
Aragoneses’ Murdock Trust grant will fund a photonics research project undertaken with a physics teacher from West Valley High School over this summer and next. The project, to be conducted at EWU’s Photonics & Complexity Lab will involve using lasers to investigate the behavior of “complex systems” that have analogs in the natural world.