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October 2001

Release Date: October 17, 2001

ASU Physics Students Participate in State Physics Conference

Five Angelo State University physics students made presentations during the joint fall meeting of the Texas Section of the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers and Zone 13 of the Society of Physics Students earlier this month in Fort Worth.

ASU's student participants were sophomore physics major Benjamin "Matt" Jackson of San Angelo, senior applied physics major Jeffrey Scott of San Angelo, senior physics major Lucas Phinney of Coahoma and senior applied physics majors Aaron and Darren Workman, both of Winters.

Jackson, the son of Yvonne and Benny Jackson of San Angelo, made an oral presentation on "Characterization of Porous Silicon Thin Films Using Optical Techniques."

Scott, the son of Mary Beth and Dale Scott of San Angelo, presented a poster titled "An Experimental Procedure for Preparation Porous Silicon Thin Films without Annodization."

Phinney, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Phinney of Coahoma, displayed a poster on "Studies of Proton Collisions with Gases."

Aaron Workman offered a poster on "Setup and Calibration of a Low-Cost Liquid Nitrogen Cryostat for Temperature-Dependant Optical Studies" and Darren Workman presented a titled "Use of LabVIEW for Automation of a Scanning Optical Spectroscopy System." They are the sons of Brenda and David Workman of Winters.

Financial support for the presentation was provided by the Office of the Dean in the ASU Graduate School and through travel grants from the American Physical Society-Texas Section.

The meeting, hosted Oct. 4-6 by Texas Christian University, was attended by physicists from around the country, including Nobel Laureate Jack Kilby, who delivered a major address on his work in developing the first integrated circuit at Texas Instruments in 1958.

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