The Saturday Morning Physics program introduces local students and community members to current topics in the physical sciences, presented by scientists active in research. We seek to educate, entertain, and inspire. We offer this program as a community service free to the participants; it is completely funded by Florida State University. Over the years, thousands of students of all ages have enjoyed this program, learning and benefiting from the opportunity to interact directly with working scientists.
The Fall 2023 schedule is now posted!
Fall 2023 Schedule
The presentations will be held in room 101 of the Richards Building (UPL) on the campus of Florida State University (map). The one exception is the
Materials Research for Energy Conversion Applications presentation, which will be held at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, a.k.a., the MagLab (map). Parking is located near both locations. Note that hard-toe shoes are required for the MagLab lab tours - no sandals!
All presentations will begin at 9:30 am and last approximately between 90 minutes and two hours. Refreshments will be provided.
Physics + Art: Waves
Catch the wave with these spectacular demonstrations of the physics of all types of waves, from the ocean to the radio, and learn how to visualize them!
Dr. Sean Dobbs
Dr. Sara Shields
Particle Physics: Understanding the Universe from the Subatomic Scale
Learn of the discoveries that informed our understanding of the fundamental forces of nature, and what the future may hold!
Dr. Ted Kolberg
Dr. Daniel Pershey
Dr. Kohsaku Tobioka
Materials Research for Energy Conversion Applications
The search for clean and renewable energy production methods is directly related to discovery of novel materials and composites with desired structural and electronic properties. Thermoelectric devices, which allow for direct energy conversion between heat and electricity, have a unique place in this effort. Learn about the characteristics that make them ideal for applications including electricity generation in extreme and remote environments.
Please note that hard-toe shoes are required for the tour.
Dr. Guangxin Ni
Dr. Kaya Wei
Forging Elements in Exploding Stars and in the Lab
Discover how exploding stars made us all, and how we study nuclear processes here on Earth. Additionally, a tour of the accelerator lab at Florida State University will be given.
Dr. Kevin Fossez
Dr. Mark Spieker
From Quantum Weirdness to Next-Generation Technology
Join us for an engaging exploration of the enigmatic world of quantum mechanics. From the curious properties of quantum superpositions and entanglement to the groundbreaking potential of quantum computers, prepare to step into a realm where traditional physics principles are defied, paving the way for the next generation of technological innovations.
Dr. Nicholas Bonesteel
Dr. Cyprian Lewandowski
Dr. Peng Xiong
How the James Webb Space Telescope and Other Observatories See the Universe
Explore the Universe from sub-atomic particles to black holes to clusters of galaxies. See how tools like the James Webb Space Telescope, microwave-frequency telescopes, and the LIGO gravitational wave detectors test the extremes of natural laws.
Dr. Kevin Huffenberger
Dr. David Collins
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Professor Sean Dobbs
Saturday Morning Physics Committee Chair
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4350