An emphasis on undergraduate research opportunities is a
distinguishing feature of Mount Allison. Undergraduate students play
integral roles in research at Mount Allison, and typically 10 to 15
students are employed each summer on physics research projects. Students
who wish to seek honours, special topics or summer research
opportunities should directly approach the faculty member for the
research group(s) which interest them.
Experimental Subatomic Physics (Faculty: Dr. David Hornidge)
In collaboration with the Mainz Microtron in Germany, Mount Allison students and faculty collaborate in experiments aimed at understanding at the most fundamental level the nature and interactions of subatomic particles. Click here to go to the Mainz Microtron web site. Funding provided by NSERC and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Science Foundation).
Theoretical Particle Physics (Faculty: Dr. Mohammad Ahmady)
We investigate the properties of fundamental particles, which are the building blocks of the universe, to see how they are produced in high energy accelerators and find out more about their various decay modes. We also try to look for indications of unknown forces of nature which may reveal themselves only at very high energies.
Materials Science (Faculty: Dr. Ralf Bruening and Prof. Pravin Varma)
We use x-ray scattering techniques and theoretical models to carry out research on structure changes in glasses and other industrially important glasses. This allows us to study fundamental questions such as how the atoms are arranged. Precise thermal measurements complement the x-ray scattering results.
Medical Physics (Faculty: Dr. David Fleming)
We use x-ray fluorescence techniques to study the concentration of heavy metals, such as lead, in the human body. Another recent focus has involved the detection of arsenic in human tissue. This has important environmental and medical applications.
Stellar Astronomy (Faculty: Dr. Catherine Lovekin)
We study the evolution of massive stars, particularly taking into account the effects of rotation. In particular, we use asterosiesmology to probe the interior structure of stars many times more massive than the Sun. These stars are large enough to die as supernovae, and make an important contribution to the structure and evolution of galaxies.