Time, Einstein, and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe


At the beginning of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein changed the way we think about time. Near the end of the twentieth century scientists learned how to cool a gas of atoms to temperatures billions of times lower than anything else in the universe. 

Now, in the 21st century, Einstein’s thinking and ultracold atoms are shaping the development of atomic clocks, the best timekeepers ever made. Such super-accurate clocks are essential to industry, commerce, and science. They are the heart of the Global Positioning System (GPS) that guides cars, airplanes, and hikers to their destinations. 

Today, the best primary atomic clocks use ultracold atoms, achieve accuracies better than a second in 300 million years, and are getting better all the time. Super-cold atoms, with temperatures that can be below a billionth of a degree above absolute zero, allow tests of some of Einstein’s strangest predictions. 
Join Dr. Phillips for be a lively, multimedia presentation—including experimental demonstrations and down-to-earth explanations about some of today’s most exciting science.

Dr. William D. Phillips is the leader of the Laser Cooling and Trapping Group of the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s Physical Measurement Laboratory—and also a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. Dr. Phillips’s research group studies the physics of ultracold atomic gases. In 1997, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics “for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.”

March 5 at 7 pm at the Student Alumni Union, Ingle Auditorium, Rochester Institute of Technology

RIT Imaging Science High School Paid Summer Internship Program


The summer of 2014 will mark the fifteenth year of the high school summer internship program at the Center for Imaging Science. This unique program offers a limited number of highly qualified juniors the opportunity to work side-by-side with world class scientists on a variety of imaging-related research projects. These unpaid internships give students the chance to get valuable hands-on experience in a real laboratory setting as contributing members of a research team. The internship program also provides an opportunity for interaction with other students from surrounding school districts who have similar interests and ambitions. Professional development activities, team building exercises, and at least one field trip are additional benefits. Participation in this program is free, and upon successful completion of research students are provided a certificate of completion as well as letters of recommendation. For more information, see the links below, or contact Bethany Choate, Outreach Specialist of the Center for Imaging Science by e-mail at choate@cis.rit.edu, or by phone at (585) 475-5665.

More information: http://www.cis.rit.edu/interns

2014 Application Schedule
(subject to change)

Applications available
Applications due at RIT
Interviews begin
Selected interns notified
Administrative in-processing
Internship begins
Last day of internship

Paid Summer Internship Opportunities in Physics!!!

image Both RIT and U of R are offering terrific internship opportunities.  RIT’s Center for Imaging Science hosts the High School Summer Internship Program, and U of R offers the Summer Research Program for High School Juniors in their Laboratory for Laser Energetics!  Find out more by visiting Mrs. Russ in the College and Career Center! image



These are amazing (paid) opportunities that will have you doing real research in exciting and challenging areas, while preparing you for further studies and giving you a great conversation piece for college interviews!