WVWC Faculty
G. Albert Popson, Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

Chair, Department of Physics and Engineering

Campus Phone: (304) 473-8070

Office Address: 120 Christopher Hall

E-mail Address: popson@wvwc.edu

Home Phone: (304) 472-7408

 

Educational Biography

           B.S. in Physics Education, Indiana University of Pa.

           M.S. in Physics, Indiana University of Pa.

           Ph.D. in Physics, Clemson University

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Courses Taught

           Engineering Design I and II

           General Physics I and II including labs

           Analog Electronics including lab

           Digital Electronics including lab

           Engineering Mechanics

           Mechanics of Materials

           Materials Science including lab

           Solid State Physics including lab

           Engineering Measurements Lab

           Quantum Mechanics

Grants and Awards

           NSF funding to purchase a pulsed magnetic resonance spectrometer

           NASA funding to purchase a wind tunnel

           NASA space grant for research to improve energy efficiency

           Six Wesleyan Faculty Innovation Grants

           Outstanding Teacher Award from Omicron Delta Kappa

Community Service

           Committee to select students for NASA scholarship awards

           3/2 engineering coordinator with West Virginia University

           Judge at Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Research Conference

           Adviser to Wesleyan students Engineering Physics Society

           Coordinator of summer research activities at Wesleyan

           Scheduling speakers for colloquia          

Research Interests

Magnetism research, which may lead to improved medical magnetic resonance imaging, methods to analyze pharmaceuticals for purity, and methods to detect roadside bombs. Students have investigated the Mossbauer effect, the Hall effect, nuclear magnetic resonance, and electron paramagnetic resonance.

Cold materials research, which uses a cryogenic helium dilution refrigeration system that produces temperatures as cold as 269 oC. Students have investigated materials that become superconductors at these temperatures. We have also investigated superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs), which can detect very small magnetic fields.

Impurities in solids, which affect properties such brittleness and electrical conductivity. Students have measured effects when impurities diffuse through a material.

Aerodynamics research, which uses our wind tunnel to measure the lift and drag of various wing designs.

Professional Presentations

To the American Association of Physics Teachers

Wesleyan’s educational heat pump system

Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices

Wesleyan's holography instrumentation

Wesleyan's Mossbauer instrumentation

Wesleyan's Hall Effect instrumentation

Verifying Thevenin’s Theorem in the electronics lab

Panel discussion on the role of undergraduate research in physics

To the American Physical Society

           Yttrium diffusion in silver chloride

Using optical interference to measure Young's modulus

To the West Virginia Symposium for the Sciences and Humanities

           Cryogenics Demonstrations with Liquid Nitrogen

           Amazing Laser Demonstrations

As colloquia for the faculty at Wesleyan

           Cryogenics Demonstrations with Liquid Nitrogen

           The Physics of Music


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