Joe Seabloom designed and built an electrostatic motor that can be powered off the Earth's electric field.
The video shows Valerie Collins making quantum dots as part of her research project using quantum dots to make more efficient solar cells.
Students in this course spend the entire block researching a single topic in experimental physics. Before the start of the course, students will select a topic of interest then meet with the professor to work out a reasonable project. During this course, students will often have to design and build their own equipment, then use the equipment to perform a detailed measurement. During the course, students will present regular lab talks to the rest of the class and keep lab notebooks detailing their work. At the end of the course, students will write a paper and present their experimental results in a forum open to the Cornell community.
Prerequisites: Physics 302 and 303 and one additional course at the 200 or 300 level Instructor: Sherman
The class will normally meet each day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a break for lunch.