Alumnus Gift Furnishes Quantum Physics Lab with Much-Needed Equipment

Alumnus Gift Furnishes Quantum Physics Lab with Much-Needed Equipment

How does an accountant find himself making a gift to the Physics Department's quantum physics laboratory?

For Ed Stanley BA '65 it was in gratitude for the hospitality extended to his grandchildren, who, on a visit to campus, requested to look at the stars through the university's telescope. It will come as no surprise to anyone who's studied astronomy at UD that Professor of Physics Richard Olenick was happy to oblige them.

According to Mr. Stanley, his grandson found Saturn to be "very cool and exciting." His granddaughter thought that "Dr. Olenick was very nice and explained the rings around the planets."

Now, thanks to Mr. Stanley's generosity, physics students will be able to study electronic signal analysis, gamma-ray spectroscopy and work with very low doses of radiation. These experiments will help to prepare students for research in nuclear, atomic and particle physics, as well as other areas.

The equipment that makes these experiments possible is a multi-channel analyzer (MCA). The MCA, to put it simply, converts voltage pulses into data that can be viewed and analyzed with a computer. Also purchased were several electronics modules.

The equipment was used for the first time a few weeks ago.

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