As soon as you arrive please register at the front desk outside of the Watanabe Hall entrance.
You can gather information about the physics open house and get registered for the event.
Dr. Peter Gorham Chair of the Physics Department, will welcome you to this journey in the physics laboratories, opened for this occasion, to show the beauty of physics to the public.
How does physics help us understand and make connections between phenomena at very large scales and at very small scales?
Dark matter is one of the biggest mysteries in physics today. We know it exists, but what is it? How can we learn more, detect it, study it?
Tour the neutron imaging lab, where a fast-timing neutron camera called the NeutronTimeCube (NTC) is being developed. The NTC will be used to detect and locate special nuclear materials for safety and security applications.
Radiation is something we encounter every moment of every day of our lives. Is it dangerous, is it natural, is it useful? Come and learn!
Instruments in this lab can make images and manipulate atoms. Slides and models will illustrate different types of nanomaterials.
The Mark III free-electron laser (FEL) as it was originally commission at Stanford in 1984! This FEL is used for UH Manoa research into remote sensing and advanced FEL concepts.
A virtual reality (VR) demonstration using the Oculus RIFT headset. Belle II is a particle physics detector located in Tsukuba, Japan. Electron-positron collisions are viewed inside the Belle II detector. The tracks and energy depositions as particles move, shower, and interact can be viewed in VR. This demo was developed at Virginia Tech and has been shown at events around the world.
What do spinning ice skaters to make themselves speed up? How does a ping pong ball stay trapped in a stream of air? See the Phantom Pig! Experience tabletop demos of mechanics, fluids and electromagnetism – brought to you by the Society of Physics Students!
The Monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey whispers and booms outside of Watanabe Hall! Come learn about sound waves and resonance from this enormous and recently restored interactive sculpture.
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UH Mānoa's annual Department of Physics and Astronomy Open House will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 8:30 am to 11:30 am in Watanabe Hall. The event is free and open to the public. High school students, teachers and adults are encouraged to attend.
Said Physics Assistant Professor Kurtis Nishimura, "The Physics and Astronomy Department participates in fundamental and applied research both locally and through inter-institutional and international collaborations. I encourage anyone who's interested in learning more about the wide variety of research done here to come learn more at the Open House."
Eight sites in Watanabe Hall will feature physics and astronomy research and applications of physics as described by University faculty and students. Theoretical physics will feature Professor Xerxes Tata addressing the question "How does physics help us understand and make connections between phenomena at very large scales and at very small scales?"
Open lab tours from 9 am - 11:30 am will highlight directional dark matter detection, neutron imaging, radiation, nano physics and the Mark III free-electron laser (FEL).
Live demonstrations from 9 am - 11:30 am will illustrate physics principles in mechanics, optics, and electricity and magnetism(E&M). The hands-on demos will allow attendees to experiment with angular momentum and center of gravity; operate a hover craft; check out polarized light effects; and experience the power of electromagnets, among other fun activities.
And finally, there will be a virtual reality demonstration using the Oculus RIFT headset of the Belle II which is a particle physics detector located in Tsukuba, Japan. Electron-positron collisions are viewed inside the Belle II detector. The tracks and energy depositions as particles move, shower, and interact can be viewed in VR. This demo was developed at Virginia Tech and has been shown at events around the world.
More information is available on our event website at: Department of Physics and Astronomy Open House
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