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Mount Union Student Presents Physics Research in Washington DC

November 20, 2018

WASHIGTON, DC –Morgan Hamilton ‘19, physics major at the University of Mount Union, was invited to present her physics research at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s annual Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium in October.

The eighth installment of this annual symposium was hosted in Washington, DC. This conference features presentations by students from REUs in all disciplines funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and opportunities to meet with representatives from the NSF and other government agencies. Students must be nominated by their hosting REU site to be eligible to present. Each site can nominate only one student representative.

Hamilton’s presentation, titled “Quantifying Nitrogen-Vacancy Center Density in Diamond Using Magnetic Resonance”, featured her research completed this past summer at the Ohio State University Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), working in the Hammel Research Lab.

Hamilton worked to develop a new technology for using electron paramagnetic resonance to measure the fluorescence from impurity centers in nano-crystalline diamond, with potential applications in bio-chemistry and medicine. Her contributions include designing a custom-built microwave resonance cavity for coupling to impurity center spins and developing software to calculate transverse electric field modes in the cavity.

Hamilton will graduate this spring and plans to attend graduate school and eventually earn her Ph.D. in physics.

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