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Quantum Modeling of Small Molecules in Interstellar Space
Start Date: 3/22/2016Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 3/22/2016End Time: 2:15 PM

Event Description:

How do we understand what happened a long time ago, or in a galaxy far, far away?

Scientific models which span the vast size of both space and geologic time rely on the results of experiments done in conditions tractable on a human scale. For example, models of solar system formation and planetary atmospheres depend on a deep knowledge of the structure and behavior of gases such as carbon monoxide. Kathryn’s senior thesis project involved using the results of absorption spectroscopy measurements done at the SOLEIL Synchrotron facility in France to construct quantum mechanical models of transitions in sulfur monoxide and carbon monoxide. She will cover the astrochemical motivations behind the project, the experimental techniques involved, and the modeling methods that allow the experimental results to be interpreted to apply to environments far beyond our reach.

Kathryn graduated from Wellesley College in 2015 with summa cum laude, where she was awarded several recognitions, including the prestigious Phyllis J. Fleming Award for Distinction in Physics and the Katharine Malone Sophomore Prize for Academic Excellence. She had the privilege to work at the SOLEIL Synchrotron Facility in Paris, France on two occasions.  Currently she is in the graduate program at the Physics Department at Stanford University.

Please join us for this interesting presentation, especially if you are intrigued by science and you are considering graduate school programs. Kathryn will be glad to share her experience with getting ready for and choosing a graduate program, her initial experiences as a graduate student with her classes, teaching, scientific research as well as regarding graduate life in general. 

​Donahue 637
Contact Information:
Phone: 617- 573-8230
Email: SLI@suffolk.edu

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