The Physics Department at Suffolk University places great emphasis on involving its students in a variety of research projects. Students with good grade point averages are encouraged to choose one of the current projects and join that projects student/faculty research team. Some of the projects involve trips to the field station in Maine, others are done on the Boston campus in the Sagan research lab, and still others will involve a trip to Madrid and the Canary islands for those students pursuing the Astrophysics track. In most cases the students prepare a poster or paper for a scientific meeting and are co-authors with faculty. The types of projects include Muon Physics, X-Ray Spectroscopy, Thin Film Ellipsometry, Wireless Mote Sensors, A 10KW Wind Turbine Project, A Laser Opthalmoscope Project, Remote Methane Monitoring for Land Fills, Nanotechnology using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM), the Solar Geodesic Dome Project, Fourier Analysis of Vibrating Strings, and Astrophysics.
Physics majors and environmental engineering majors worked with faculty to design and implement a device for measuring wind speed from ground level up to 120 ft. An anemometer was attached to a 7ft diameter helium filled balloon and signals were relayed to a ground computer using wireless “motes”. Balloon experiments were first done in the gym at Suffolk University and later at the Friedman Field station in Maine. Please click here
to view project pictures and descriptions.