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Student Opportunities

Society of Physics Students (SPS)

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association designed specifically for students. Membership is open to anyone interested in physics. You do not have to be a physics major or minor to join SPS.

For information on joining SPS, please contact Rodney Dunning at dunningrb@longwood.edu.

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Sigma Pi Sigma (Σ Π Σ)

Sigma Pi Sigma exists to:

  • Honor outstanding scholarship in physics
  • Encourage interest in physics among students at all levels
  • Promote an attitude of service of its members towards their fellow students, colleagues, and the public
  • Provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics.

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Research Opportunities

There are several active research programs in the physics department. Contact specific faculty members for more information.

Electronic Materials Research Lab

Dr. Moore fabricates and characterizes semiconducting thin-films, bulk materials and nanowires. Learn more about this project by clicking here.

Farnsworth Fusion Reactor

Over the Summer of 2007, physics major Andrew Grzankowski worked with Longwood faculty member Dr. Keith Rider (Chemistry) to construct a Farnsworth Fusion Reactor. This semester, Andrew is beefing up the power supply and modifying the electrodes to achieve more efficient fusion reactions. Learn more about this project by clicking here.

Scanning Tunneling Microscope

Physic/Engineering major Donald Moffett has been working with Dr. Chris Moore on the construction of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). Such a microscope produces a real-space images of a surface with atomic-resolution. Its operation relies on the quantum mechanical tunneling of electrons through a finite potential barrier. Learn more about this project by clicking here.