Junior physics major Simeon Hanks has won an award for outstanding research presentation
at the American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting held in Baltimore, MD between
March 18 - March 22, 2013. This international conference is held annually on research
that focuses on the area of condensed matter physics and materials science. Simeon
presented his research on the "High temperature series expansion and the exact solution
study of the 1/5 depleted square lattice Ising model". The work was done in collaboration
with Prof. Jaan Oitmaa from the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia.
Through his work he was able to predict the critical magnetic transition temperature
of the depleted lattice using both an exact solution and a high temperature series
The APS March Meeting is the largest physics meeting in the world, highlighting physics
research from industry, universities, and major labs across the world. In addition
to cutting research in the condensed matter community, the meeting also presents an
opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase their novel research findings.
The conference awards are part of the annual Future of Physics Days events which are
jointly sponsored by the American Physical Society and the Society for Physics Students.
There were five sessions with a total of 70 oral presentations with students presenting
their research work from across the nation. Simeon's presentation was judged to be
outstanding within his session. His research advisor is Dr. Trinanjan Datta and his
work is supported through the National Science Foundation Savannah Rivers Scholars
program grant. Simeon is also the recipient of the Department of Chemistry and Physics
2013 Best Undergraduate Research in Physics award and the American Physical Society
Future of Physics Day Travel award.
Links to Simeon’s abstract and to the APS March Meeting are below: