Chemical Physics

Gordon Jones, Professor of Physics

B.A., Williams College; M.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., Princeton University
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Areas of expertise: neutron spin filters and angular correlations in neutron decay

Gordon Jones' research interests include using neutrons to study fundamental symmetries and polarizing neutrons for use in materials science. On the fundamental side, Jones studies time reversal symmetry and weak interactions in nuclei. On the applied side, he builds devices used to understand magnetic materials such as the read heads in computer hard drives. He has published papers in journals such as the Physical Review C, Journal of Applied Crystalography and Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Jones previously worked as a NRC post-doc, NIST and a visiting scientist at Indiana University. He earned his doctorate in nuclear physics from Princeton University.

Ann Silversmith, the Litchfield Professor of Physics

B.A., Oberlin College; M.Sc., University of Wisconsin; Ph.D., Australian National University
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Areas of expertise: laser spectroscopy of rare earths in insulating solids and developing new laser materials useful in the solid state laser industry

Ann Silversmith introduced laser spectroscopy to the Hamilton Physics Department and has supervised more than 30 research students. Two of her student collaborators were named finalists for the national Apker Award of the American Physical Society. Silversmith specializes in developing new laser materials that would be useful in the solid state laser industry. She is investigating the spectroscopy of rare earth doped sol-gel glasses. Her research has been funded by the Research Corporation and National Science Foundation. Silversmith came to Hamilton College in 1989, after completing a doctorate at the Australian National University and doing post-doctoral work at the IBM Almaden Research Center.

Adam Van Wynsberghe, Associate Professor of Chemistry

B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Areas of expertise: physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry and theoretical chemistry

Adam W. Van Wynsberghe joined Hamilton College in 2009 after two years at the University of California, San Diego, where he was a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellow. He was a National Science Foundation predoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he completed his doctorate in biophysics. Van Wynsberghe's research interests center around the use of theoretical and computational techniques to study biophysical problems from both basic and applied perspectives. Currently, he is investigating the nature of protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions, the origins and roles of conformational changes and dynamics in biomolecular systems and the dynamical aspects of enzyme catalysis.