This semester, we welcome three new members to our group!
Our new post doc, Rafaella Georgiou will use X-ray spectroscopy to probe the chemical speciation of paint materials that led to a revolution in the 15th century, namely the transition from tempera to oil painting in Italy that marked the beginning of the great period of Renaissance art and the creation of some of the most revered masterpieces of all time.
We also welcome two new graduate students, Sophie Vogelsang and Caleb Robinson. Sophie recently graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Chemistry and History of Art and completed her undergraduate thesis in Dr. Lauren Buchanan’s research group. Caleb graduated from Rice University in May 2022 with his Bachelor of Science in physics and a minor in mathematics. As a member of the Killian Research Group at Rice, he wrote his senior thesis on implementing a new source of 422 nm laser light used for imaging ultracold strontium plasmas.
Our group participated in this years Wisconsin Science Festival! We had a booth at the Discovery Expo and Science on the Square. We had many wonderful demos and a lot of fun sharing our knowledge with our community here in Madison!
With numbered nice days left in the year, our group took a trip out to Devil’s Lake State Park to see the Fall colors! There was lots of hiking, swimming, food, and most importantly laughs. More adventures to come for the Bergmann group!
Muneeza joined the group at during the Fall semester of 2022. She is a junior majoring in physics and astronomy.
Sophie Vogelsang is a rotating chemistry student. She recently graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Chemistry and History of Art and completed her undergraduate thesis in Dr. Lauren Buchanan’s research group.
One of our talented undergraduates students, Noah Welke, spent the summer at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory as an intern. There, he did research with Alex Halavanau developing a solid gain medium for XLO at CXI. At the end of the summer, his hard work was awarded well with first place at the LCLS Summer Internship Poster Session! Congratulations Noah, we are very proud of you!
You can view Noah’s poster here:
We successfully produced our first high harmonic spectrum! What is pictured is a spectrum of our source, which is an 800nm beam, up-converted, using neon, gas through high harmonic generation (HHG) to create an extreme-ultraviolet beam (XUV)!
In the Spring of 2022 he graduated from UW Madison, where he studied Physics, Mathematics, and Astrophysics. Jake joined the group at the beginning of the summer of 2022.
Nikhilesh graduated on May 14th with bachelor degrees in physics and computer science! He will be continuing his career at Brown University in their PhD program. Nikhilesh did great work while he was here, and we will miss him, but we wish him all the best on his new adventure in Rhode Island!