DeMeritt Hall, home of the physics department since 1914, is scheduled to be rebuilt beginning summer 2007. Learn more about the DeMeritt reconstruction project and the May 5th celebration of the life and times of DeMeritt Hall. Read More.
Michael Antosh, a junior in Physics at UNH, received a Barry M. Goldwater scholarship, out of a field of 1,081 students in mathematics, physics and engineering from universities and colleges throughout the US. Michael has been active in research in the Physics Department in the Medical Physics group of Prof. Bill Hersman.Another junior in the Physics Department, Ben MacBride, received a Goldwater Honorable Mention. For the full store see the UNH Press release .
UNH faculty and students are involved in two large NASA projects that were awarded funded this spring.
Prof. Eberhard Moebius joins an international collaboration on the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) and
Prof. Roy Torbert leads the UNH effort for the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS). In addition, Prof. Jim Connell leads the High Energy Particle Sensor
instrument team for the National Polar-orbiting Operational
Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS), funded by the by the
tri-agency Integrated Program Office.
The goal of IBEX mission is to learn about the interstellar gas and the interaction of this gas with the heliosphere. Prof. Moebius' group will build and test collimators for the two IBEX large aperture neutral atom cameras, as well as the time-of-flight detector system for the low energy camera. These cameras will create the first large scale maps of the boundary region.
The MMS mission will study reconnection of magnetic fields in hopes of better understanding how magnetic energy is converted into heat when reconnection occurs. This may help uncover the long-standing mystery of solar coronal heating. The mission will have four precisely coordinated satellites, traveling half-way to the moon within 10 km of each other, measuring both electric and magnetic fields. Prof. Torbert's group is responsible for the instruments that will make the electromagnetic field measurements.NPOESS is the next generation of polar orbiting weather satellites, replacing systems from both NOAA (POES) and the Department of Defense
Further information can be found in the three front page articles in Fall 2005 issue of Spheres. (pdf file)