Welcome to the homepage for the APS Far West Section annual meeting at Cal State Fullerton. The meeting will be held Thursday through Saturday October 18-20th. A welcome reception will be hosted (by the Physics Club) Thursday evening (October 18th at) the CSUF Alumni House, with food and refreshments. Please check the information below for more information about the meeting.
Program at a Glance: PDF
Wylie Ahmed - California State University Fullerton
Linda J. Spilker - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Michelle Povinelli - University of Southern California
Siegfried Glenzer - SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Invited Friday Banquet Speaker:
Jess Phoenix - Blueprint Earth
Information for Presenters
- Atomic and Molecular Physics
- Condensed Matter
- High energy/Accelerator Physics
- Materials Science
- Nuclear Physics
- Plasma Physics
- Complete name and affiliation.
- Indicate if you plan to present at the conference (talk or poster; Only one person per presentation can be considered for travel and lodging support).
- Registration confirmation number.
- Which night(s) you require accommodation for and if you have a preferred roommate. (Note that only roommates presenting a poster or talk at the conference will be considered for housing support).
- Your gender (for roommate assignments).
Non-Student Lodging: If you are not a student, Rooms at a preferential rate ($136 + Tax) can be reserved at The Fullerton Marriott by phone or using the following link. To take advantage of our negotiated rate mention the APS Far West conference. A block of rooms has been set aside for conference attendees until October 1st, 2018. Read the cancellation policy carefully. Nearby hotels with no special rate for the conference include the Holiday Inn.
Travel and Parking:
- Undergraduate students, $30
- Graduate Students, $35
- Postdoctoral Scholars, $65
- Faculty/Senior scientists, $125
- Retired/Unemployed APS members, $75
- Non-members, $150
The APS Far West Section
- 1998 Fellow of the American Physical Society
- 1990-1991 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow, Universität Freiburg
- 1980-1982 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow, Universität Freiburg
Married to Birgit with three grown children Jenna, Michael, David.
My research involves atomic and molecular collision science and work to extract basic understanding and quantum control of few-body microscopic systems based on a long-time experience with more conventional studies of correlated electrons and ions.Although the work is theoretical, my interest in these topics is largely motivated by the recent surge in experiments involving few-body molecular fragmentation and the full imaging of all the fragments.My research accordingly continues with two parallel efforts with (i) emphasis on reaction imaging while (ii) pursuing longtime workon collective Coulomb excitations. I continue to place strong priority on research relevant toexperiment.
Besides various NSF funding over the years, my research has been supported continously by the DOE, Fundamental Interactions Office of Basic Energy Science, for over 30 years.
I'm a big fan of physics pedagogy involving symbolic computing and the author of the textbook Quantum Methods with Mathematica (Springer). I'm happy to share my Mathematica lecture notebooks upon request.
Selected Publications (see also my Google Scholar)
- Autonomous quantum to classical transitions and the generalized imaging theorem, J. S. Briggs and J. M. Feagin, NJP 18, 033028 (2016).
- Scattering Theory, Multiparticle Detection, and Time, J. S. Briggs and J. M. Feagin, Phys. Rev. A 90, 052712 (2014).
- Reaction Imaging in uniform electric and magnetic fields, J. M. Feagin and J. S. Briggs, J. Phys. B 47, 115202 (2014).
- Loss of wave-packet coherence in stationary scattering experiments, J. M. Feagin and L. Hargreaves, Phys. Rev. A88, 032705 (2013).
- Momentum and spatial imaging of multi-fragment dissociation reactions, J. S. Briggs and J. M. Feagin, J. Phys. B 46, 025202 (2013).
- Vortex Kinematics of an Electron Pair, J. M. Feagin, J. Phys. B 44, 011001 (2011).
- Electron-Pair Excitations and the Molecular Coulomb Continuum, J. M. Feagin, J. Colgan, A. Huetz, and T. J. Reddish, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 033002 (2009).
- Trapped-Ion Realization of Einstein's Recoiling-Slit Experiment, R. S. Utter and J. M. Feagin, Phys. Rev. A75, 062105 (2007). (Utter was a CSUF masters degree student. This work was highlighted in the June 2007 issue of the Virtual Journal of Quantum Information, vjquantuminfo.org.)
- Hardy Nonlocality via Few-Body Fragmentation Imaging, J. M. Feagin, Phys. Rev. A69, 062103 (2004). (This work was highlighted in the June 2004 issue of the Virtual Journal of Quantum Information, vjquantuminfo.org.)
Department of Physics, MH-611
California State University, Fullerton
800 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834
My web page has moved to https://geoffrey-lovelace.com.
Shovit Bhari completed his Masters Degree in Physics from our department and taught lower divisionphysics labs and classes for three semester. In the mid August 2011 he joined the department as Staff Physicist Tech to design, develop, refurbish, build and curate lecture demonstrations. Lecture Demonstration can be requested using our Demo Request Form.
Shovit welcomes an oppurtunity for community outreach and collaboration with sutudents for video analysis of the high speed videos captured by our new Casio EX-F1. Our new YouTube Channel CSUFPhysics includes some of the recent videos by Shovit.
|Nov 4, 2011||Steve Luther Elementary School|
|Nov 5, 2011||'Cool Class' for middle school kids|
|March 23, 2012||Kids to College Workshop|
|April 27, 2012||Kids to College Workshop|
|June 5, 2012||Transit of Venus|
|Jan 30, 2013||Star Party at Raymond Elementary School|
|March 1, 2013||Kids to College Workshop|
|March 22, 2013||Women in STEM|
|May 31, 2013||Kids to College Workshop|
|Feb 13, 2014||Star Party at Raymond Elementary School|
|Feb 17, 2015||Build a better puck|
|Sep 27, 2015||Supermoon lunar eclipse|
|Feb 23, 2016||Light a lamp|
|Mar 11, 2016||TACIB Field Trip|
Where am I?
Dr. Murtadha "Morty" Khakoo was born in Zanzibar Town on the island of Zanzibar, which lies off of the eastern coast of Tanzania. He accompanied his early studies with football (soccer), fishing with friends, and enjoying the sandy beaches afforded by island life.
Dr. Khakoo completed high school in Abingdon, UK. Afterwards, he attended University College in London, where he graduated with honors. He remained at University College to complete his doctorate in atomic physics while developing a love for London which persists even to this day.
In 1989, Dr. Khakoo joined the Cal State Fullerton Physics faculty. In addition to teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level physics courses at CSUF, Professor Khakoo devotes his energy towards the advancement of experimental research in atomic physics, working together with students and colleagues in order to maintain a very vibrant and extremely active laboratory.
A Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and a Chartered Physicist, Dr. Khakoo has been the recipient of more than $2.1 million in grants and fellowships and co-holds a patent for a pulsed-electron gun.
Dr. Khakoo values his family over his passion for experimental physics. He lives in Orange County with his wife Sherbanu and his two children, Naushad and Sabaha.
Dr. Khakoo's Research
Dr. Khakoo focuses his research efforts on experimental inquiries into atomic physics -- specifically, on electron scattering from fundamental targets.
The goal of this research is to provide experimental electron-gas scattering data in the form of cross-sections, cross-section ratios, and coherence and correlation parameters as fundamental tests of current electron scattering models. As well as spin polar electron polarimetry; gas dynamics of molecular beams; and atomic and molecular sources from discharge media. This information is very useful for plasma processing applications, astrophysical modeling applications, lighting industry applications, and Tokamak magnetic confinement fusion research. With special interests in fundamental targets such as H, He, rare gases, metallic vapors, and H2, N2, O2, CO, and CO2.
Electron scattering from atomic targets
Electron scattering from molecular targets
Monte Carlo modeling of Mott scattering from Au and Th foils
Research Publications (PDF)
(2011) Near-threshold electron impact doubly differential cross sections for the ionization of argon and krypton
(2011) Radiative transition parameters of the 107,109Ag2 C 1Πu - X 1Σg+ band system
(2011) Symmetry relations in the relative intensities of the energy loss lines of argon excited by electrons in the ground state to the 3p 54s fine-structure states
(2011) Near-threshold electron impact excitation of the argon 3p 54s configuration - new and revised normalized differential cross sections using recent time-of-flight measurements for normalization
(2010) Low-energy elastic electron scattering from furan
(2010) Elastic electron scattering by ethyl vinyl ether
(2010) Total electron scattering cross sections for methanol and ethanol at intermediate energies
(2009) Integral cross-sections for the electron impact excitation of the
C 3Πu, E 3Σg+, and a'' 1Σg+ states of N2
(2009) Low energy electron scattering from polyatomic targets
(2009) Three-body dynamics in single ionization of atomic hydrogen by 75keV proton impact
(2009) Vibrational excitation of water by electron impact
(2009) Near-threshold electron impact doubly differential cross-sections for the ionization of neon and xenon
(2008) Electron scattering of slow electrons by n-propanol and n-butanol
(2008) Electron scattering from H2O: elastic scattering
(2008) Low energy elastic differential electron scattering from water
(2008) Low energy electron scattering from methanol and ethanol
(2008) Electron impact excitation of the X 1Σg+(v'' = 0) state to the
a'' 1Σg+, b 1Πu, c 1Πu, o 1Πu, b' 1Σu+, c' 1Σu+, F 3Πu, and G 3Πu states of molecular nitrogen
(2007) Direct evidence for channel-coupling effects in molecules: electron impact excitation of the
a'' 1Σg+ state of N2
(2007) Low energy elastic electron scattering from ethylene
(2005) Low energy electron impact ionization of helium - doubly differential cross-sections
(2005) Integral cross sections for the direct excitation of the
A 3Σu+, B 3Πg, W 3Δu, B' 3Σu-, a' 1Σu-, a 1Πg, w 1Δu, and C 3Πu electronic states of N2 by electron impact
(2005) Differential cross sections for the electron impact excitation of the
A 3Σu+, B 3Πg, W 3Δu, B' 3Σu-, a' 1Σu-, a 1Πg, w 1Δu, and C 3Πu states of N2
(2004) Low-energy electron scattering from atomic hydrogen. II. Elastic and inelastic scattering
(2004) Low-energy electron scattering from atomic hydrogen. I. Ionization
(2004) Electron impact excitation of the argon 3p54s configuration: differential cross-sections and cross-section ratios
(2003) Electron-impact ionization of atomic hydrogen at incident electron energies of 15.6, 17.6, 25, and 40 eV
(2003) Accurate determination of background scattered electrons in crossed electron- and gas-beam experiments using a moveable gas beam source
(2005) Electron impact excitation of argon and krypton: improved r-ratios
(2002) Differential cross-sections for the electron-impact excitation of molecular hydrogen
(2002) Differential cross-sections and cross-section ratios for the electron-impact excitation of neon
(2000) Angular profiles of molecular beams from effusive tube sources
(1999) Differential cross-sections for electron-impact excitation of krypton and Letter to the editor
(1999) Elastic electron scattering from laser-excited Ba atoms and Letter to the editor [JPL collaboration]
(1999) Absolute differential cross sections for the electron impact excitation of the 12S to the 22S and 22P levels of atomic hydrogen at 50 and 100 eV
(1996) Electron-impact excitation of the 11S to 31P and 41P transitions in helium
(1996) Differential cross sections for electron impact excitation of Xe
(1996) A time-of-flight spectrometer for electron-gas scattering
(1995) Electron impact excitation of the 11S to 31P transition in helium
(1994) Electron-impact excitation of select levels of Ne, Kr, Ar, and Xe
Dr. Khakoo's experimental research laboratory is located in the Science Laboratory Center, on the first floor of Dan Black Hall at CSU Fullerton. Completed in 1994, the SLC is a state-of-the-art research facility for exploration into most major branches of science, including atomic physics, laboratory astrophysics, and fiber optics.
Several vacuum chambers house the various electron scattering test regions and represent the core elements of Dr. Khakoo's laboratory equipment. Three such chambers are present in the laboratory; low-energy electron spectrometers collimate, monochromate, and direct electrons onto gaseous targets, while a computer-monitored residual energy detector counts and registers scattered electrons.
Much of the equipment in Dr. Khakoo's lab has been donated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a close partner of the lab in the exploration of physical phenomena.
Several computers monitor and control 'round-the-clock experiments while recording precise measurements of experimental data. Sophisticated computerized data analysis enables the research team to extract meaningful physical conclusions from the raw data produced by these experiments. Finally, these computers provide tools for the research team to design new experimental equipment, write new proposals, and maintain the website.
Dr. Khakoo leads a team of highly motivated and extremely capable experimenters who perform research into electron scattering from fundamental targets.
Dr. Leigh Hargreaves has come to Fullerton from the Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, where he explored experimental methods for studying electron scattering from short-lived free radicals. Leigh has also worked at the University of Adelaide studying electron ionization of rare gas atoms and buckyballs. He has joined the CSUF Physics department as a student research director and part-time lecturer. His favorite thing to do in the lab? Perform miracles with LabView.
Colin Campbell is a part-time faculty member of the CSUF Physics department, and he's the lab's technical expert. He loves to build things with his own hands while exhibiting supreme patience and open approachability towards his student assistants.
Joshua Tanner is a CSUF Physics graduate student. He loves to put the scientific knowledge he has learned so far into practical use whether it be through experimental physics or side projects. Understanding more about the world and seeing it in action is his goal!
Danny Orton is a CSUF undergraduate student double-majoring in Mathematics and Physics. Ask him about Portal 2, wakeboarding, or number theory -- all three subjects will likely net you an enthusiastic response. He will be traveling to Brazil with Colin Campbell this summer (2011) to visit Dr. Khakoo's colleagues in bioethanol research.
Alexs Gauf is another Physics/Mathematics double-major at CSU Fullerton. His keen insight and matter-of-fact attitude toward school make him a student researcher with considerable potential. He's a fan of House and is focused clearly on his academic and professional goals. His favorite thing to say, and always with a comical grin: "[whatever the topic of conversation is] is for suckers."
Amos Jo is pursuing a major in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. Inspired by a sudden change of heart, he has returned to school after eight years of full-time work to pursue a career in environmental science and sustainability. He's good at breaking things, especially if they are interesting things...
Kevin Ralphs is a Physics/Mathematics double-major at CSU Fullerton. Strong-willed and extremely bright, Kevin is known for his natural tendency to ace his classes... and give detailed lessons on physics and math to his peers.
But even Legends aren't perfect -- Kevin has earned a B+ at CSUF!
Zac Yauney is an intern from Troy High school who is interested in math and physics. He hopes that by completing an internship with Dr. Khakoo he will be one step closer to someday becoming a great physics researcher and Nobel Laureate.
Gabriela Serna studies Physics and Mathematics at Cal State Fullerton. Her hardworking ethic has been noticed by professors at CSUF. She works as a lab assistant studying electron scatter with Dr. Khakoo and Dr. Hargreaves. In addition to electron scatter studies, Gabriela also works closely with Dr. Smith and Dr. Loverude on teaching strategies for Astronomy.
Cris Navarro is a Physics undergraduate at Cal State Fullerton working as a lab assistant for Dr. Khakoo and learning as much as he can in the process. Cris has also worked under Colin Campbell to organize and maintain a variety of lecture demonstrations which has given him a basic understanding oh physics phenomena.
Dr. Khakoo wishes to thank the following organizations and individuals for their support and/or funding:
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Isik Kanik, Paul Johnson
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
The National Science Foundation Research in Undergraduate Institutions grant (NSF-RUI)
The American Chemical Society
The Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) Cottrell Fund
The US Department of Energy DOE-AWUI Summer Faculty Fellowship
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) Junior-Senior and Minigrant funds
CSUF Physics Department faculty and staff
And last, but certainly not least -- ashante and salaamu to Sherbanu, Naushad, and Sabaha for all your love. Hamna matata.