Phil Fraundorf's Home Page/Mind Quilts

Other Eyes
"In the eyes of those for whom you care,
beware of valuing good things they might be but aren't,
more than those good things that they are already."
/A. Orcim Namuh (1997)
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  • Recent notes on surprisal, and some materials astronomy talk slides.
  • Some 2003 proposal summaries (A, B) and regional nanocharacterization alliance notes.
  • Try exploring a thinned disc or a grid with space dust on the nanoscale! Related rubrics.
  • Crystallographic fringe visibility-maps for sub-Angstrom electron microscopes...
  • Attempts at a "reduced-jargon" list of research highlights and developing stories.
  • Javascript calculators for nano-world explorers and anyspeed acceleration.
  • Hyperphysics-style roadmap to content modernization on this site.
  • Digital darkfield models of lattice strain visualization and periodicity localization.
  • A 3x3 reduced version of the lab's poster for NSF's NNIN meeting. Look for more here shortly.
  • Research projects in-house involve silicon nanopits, graphene starsmoke, lattices in 3D, and digital darkfield.
  • The last of these also provides clues to some outside projects in which we are involved.
  • Curriculum development projects include fast airtracks, deBroglie phase-maps, Cv in bits, and spiral overlays.
  • A person unit of power or 1[pup]=2100[Cal/day]~100[W]~life's power/10^{13}. How many "pup"s are you thermalizing these days...
  • IF your system supports the Adobe Atmosphere (beta-test) plugin, visit our web-lab.
  • The Central States Microscopy and MicroAnalysis Society Spring Meeting at UM-StL on Friday 7 June 2002.
  • How about a three-part (web/lab)-based course on emergent microscopy practicals?
  • How about a course on everyday physical intuition, or principles, that underlie how things work?
  • Write in about our Blackboard Nanoscale Science & Technology student/teacher resources.
  • Notes on some graduate research projects that have put our 'scopes to use.
  • The variable size-scale adventure collection, and some "views from asmall".
  • Images by Dori Witt of an unsliced interstellar red giant graphite onion core.
  • Dodecahedron-based elemental C and Si, or quasidiamond dreams of the nano-geometer!
  • Web version of our Tech Fair 2000 presentation for St. Louis' Technology Gateway Alliance.
  • Some notes on a book.
  • What are we learning about the geometry of (111) twins in gigascale integrated circuit silicon?
  • What is direct-space crystallography via stereo lattice imaging [hint]? More on this here.
  • A hypertext map of possible projects with us, for eyes new to the physical and natural sciences.
  • Three abstracts & a crackerbarrel we're helping with for AAPT Summer 1999 at Trinity College, San Antonio TX.
  • Draft (p1,2; PDF) of Wentao's paper for the 1999 Microscope Society of America Conference.
  • Look here soon for on-line references on lateral displacement microscopy more recent than this (p1,2)!.
  • Ideas, like other replicable codes, evolve. Here's something about one peril they face if they don't!
  • The connection between Balinese islands and Pauli exclusion that inspired our note on candle dancing spins.
  • The soon-to-be-published book by Dan Schroeder currently being tested in our thermal physics class.
  • The first of several scheduled talks on deep simplification was delivered at Washington U. on Friday 16 Oct 1998.
  • UM-StL has now officially listed for next semester the SEM course (Physics 307) by Dr. Haresh Siriwardane. (MEMC).
  • UM-StL Biology Dept., with Dr. Ray Narconis of Global Environmental Labs, is also offering a WS99 EM course (Bio 392).
  • The TEM class (Physics 308) this semester by myself and Dr. Jimmy Liu (formerly ASU) now has Saturday & Thursday sections.
  • Participate in our interpretive cartoon festival, and see what grandkids think about our scopes.
  • Graphics are slowly being added to web slides from my summer AAPT talk here.
  • Check out our Engleman workshop on using flashbacks to save a mars-mission crew.
  • Quantum mechanics in complex-color: complex-color quantum harmonic oscillator.
  • Pics of St. Louis nanoworlds in the 21 Dec 1997 Post-Dispatch.
  • Three abstracts for the January 1998 AAPT Conference.
  • For a deep understanding of anyspeed engineering, discover it yourself.
  • If you do VRML, hike reciprocal world for clues about a mystery crystal.
  • Education-related notes at Los-Alamos: cond-mat/9711074 & physics/97{10013,04018}.
  • An applet for solving anyspeed acceleration problems.
  • Nature nanophotography in the new CME building.
  • Reality from all directions using twenty-sided turnovers, St. Louis style.
  • To rec.puzzles readers: * Here's the anyspeed motion link mentioned in my 6/15/97 post.
  • The UM-StL page on Missouri's Silicon River.
  • Acceleration wuzzlers and some minimally-variant laws of motion at any speed.
  • Links to a paper on two-clock relativity for teachers, and a National Academy Press Award.
  • Balinese candle dances and the Pauli exclusion principle.
  • For developing links, see also the detective, idea & gathering quilts below.
  • 50 nanoseconds of life's power stream, for a hotdog?
  • Optimize the focus/astigmatism of a high-res electron microscope image on-line.
  • Equations for relativistic acceleration in their simplest possible form.
  • A 2 million lightyear trip to the Galaxy M31 in Andromeda takes how long?
  • To list some current outside web-links which point in to this stuff...

  • At UM-StLouis see also: anyspeed, cme, esti-lab, i-fzx, progs, rap, si-river, turnovers, & wuzzlers.
  • Some current and previous courses: p111, p112, p231, p325, sem/tem/spm, p341, p400.
  • Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Missouri-StL, St. Louis MO 63121
  • Phone:(314)516-5044, Fax:(314)516-6152
  • Last official modification date: 29 Dec 1998.
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    As far as recreation outside of work is concerned, contemporary folk dancing to live music (as with New England style contra), basketball, clarinet, bikes & hikes, cooking, handball, gardens, and river canoeing have all been passions at one time or another.

    My goals in research, teaching, and service (hence three quilts) all involve people, stuff, instruments, and codes (often mathematics), which subjects thus provide columns for each quilt. Service as well as educational objectives are served by providing our students exposure to globally evolving task, team, and time management strategies, where possible through direct contact with collaborators at other institutions. Result: The summer internship, and permanent, job picture for graduate students and postdocs has been positive. Initiatives and progress at catalyzing collaborations between institutions, and nurturing an informed public, can also be found in the service quilt below.

    My education mandate is served by teaching courses, and by developing strategies for introducing newcomers to information physics, electron imaging, and relativistic acceleration, which are being implemented in various ways. They are attracting expressions of interest from educators, authors, and researchers far and wide.

    Among research goals for our group, material problems include defects in and on VLSI silicon and mica, lateral displacement map studies of friction forces on the submicron scale, and the 2D/3D core/rim structure of micron-sized graphite onions formed in the atmosphere of red giant stars and delivered to earth in meteorites. Instrument activities involve new techniques of scanning displacement microscopy and tip shape monitoring, as well as instrument response analysis in general using scanned probe and transmission electron microscopes with sub-2A resolution. These scopes are moving into a CME building designed & built for such instruments in Fall 1996. Related math challenges involve Bayesian strategies for measuring and locating periodicities in, and imagining periodicities just outside, of experimentally imaged regions of solid specimens.

    I got a B.S. degree in Physics (cum laude) from St. Louis University, an M.S. degree in Physics from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville IL, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Washington University in St. Louis MO. I am holding appointments, with varying intensities, as Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy at University of Missouri in St. Louis, as Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics at Washington University in St. Louis, as Adjunct Senior Research Associate with the McDonnell Center for Space Sciences at Washington U., and as Consultant in Microscopy for Corporate Research and Development Staff at Monsanto World Headquarters in St. Louis.

    Detective Quilt - The UM-StL Scanned Tip & Electron Image Lab
    Bulk SolidsLucio Mulestagno, Aaron Gray & Kurt PollackVLSI silicon defect-management, & molybdenum disulfideConfocal IR scattering & analytical electron microscopySolid state nucleation/growth, scattering theory
    Grains & FilmsDavid Dawkins, Wentao Qin, Kay Brewer & Haresh SiriwardaneRed giant graphite onion cores & CVD of iron nitridesHREM imaging & phase identificationModeling 2D crystal images, and electron diffraction/power spectrum analysis
    Nuclear TracksLu Fei, Jeff Tentschert & Gniewko LubeckiNuclear track pits in surfacesSPM tip-shape monitoringPit profile inversion, touch-map models
    Friction, Adhesion, Hardness, & CapacitanceChang Shen & Richard AndersonNano-scale friction forces, Conductive polymers, and Diamond-like carbonLateral displacement microscopy in STM & A/LFMImage-pair vector displacement maps, Stereo-pair analysis
    Surface TopographyLu Fei & Lucio MulestagnoSteps on VLSI silicon, mica height calibration, computer imaginations, & platinum annealsScanned probe roughness spectroscopy, the line of hemispheres, & time-domain noise removalBayesian prediction & Bayesian background subtraction

  • Transmitted electron and scanned tip microscopies, especially atomic resolution imaging and diffraction.
  • Defects in semiconductors for integrated circuit applications, and in particular oxygen in silicon.
  • Study of the birth/history of stellar systems with extraterrestrial materials in the laboratory, including interplanetary dust from the earth's stratosphere, and presolar dust from other stars in meteorites.
  • Quantifying common sense by applying information physics in new areas, as in developing computer imaginations for detective work on images.
  • Introducing newcomers to the 21st century with help from "fat-free folk-physics for the future".
    Note: For excerpts from recent adventures in the first 3, see our UM-StL Scanned Tip and Electron Image Lab page.
    Idea Quilt - Introducing Newcomers to the 21st Century
    The Traveler KinematicSrinivasa VaradharajanThe land-speed record for particles, The collider bargainProper velocity & frame-invariant acceleration, Visual BasicNon-coordinate time/velocity pairs in special relativity
    Pre-Transform RelativityXuewei HuTravel time to Andromeda, Speed limits of the fast & famous, Unsolved Problems in Constant AccelerationRoddenberries & the Galilean chase planeThree self-consistent kinematics in (1+1)D special relativity
    Getting SmallSee the detective quilt aboveZeptoliter units, Long fat electrons, Web-based HREM (electron phase contrast) image focusingUncertainty principle, Hypertext markup languageStrong phase object approximation
    Gambling Theory & TemperatureEd JaynesLife's power stream, two absolute zeros, temperature in eV/bit, heat capacity in bits per 2-fold increase in energyStatistical inferenceLagrange multipliers
    Codes & ExcitationsJayne StakeInformation engines, noble passions, personality types & the evolution of graceIntuitionPhysical information theory

  • Education Strategies (e.g. that of Jean Piaget) involving DISCOVERY by Students.
  • Fun with the Information Theory Paradigm in Statistical Physics. For more on this, see the UM-StL Information-Physics Web Server.
  • An Inter-Institutional Course on MODERN Analytical Instrumentation.
  • A Survey Course on Non-Technical Skills for Grad Students in the Sciences (including People/Self/Time Management, modern Education Strategies, Communication Skills, and Methods for Funding Science), to facilitate the Effectiveness in the global economy of our Graduating Physicists, Chemists, Biologists & Psychologists.
  • Showing introductory physics students how to solve relativisitic acceleration problems with Galileo's equations, and the idea of a traveler kinematic and spatial 4-velocities measured in [lightyears per traveler year] or "roddenberries". For example: "Without the 55 mph (82 nano-roddenberry) speed limit imposed by man, what's to keep us from wasting as little of our time getting there as we wish?" Answer: Not relativity!
  • Traversable Worm-Holes in General Relativity, and the possibility of a Jambless Door!
  • Visual BASIC, MathCAD, Semper & DOS Programs for Education, Research and Fun, including: AccelOne, ChipSi, EPCfocus, FTIRwggl, HumanCPU, HyperCube, Molecule, SXTL, VBimage, vCalc.
    Gathering Quilt - The Community of Actions & Ideas
    St. Louis Consortium for Microstructural StudiesPat Gibbons, Ken Kelton, Dan Schwartz, Jimmy Liu, Tom Bernatowicz, Dick Ornberg, Joe Holzer, Pat Kinlen, Bruce Frushour, Bill Haynes, Lucio Mulestagno, Rod Ruoff, Jan Ryerse, Lu Fei, Chang Shen, Haresh Siriwardane, Don Parker, Frank May, Rick Dorshow, John HeuserA center without wallsElectrons, photons & phononsReal & complex numbers
    UM-StL Center for Molecular ElectronicsTom Jones, Bernard Feldman, Bill Welsh & Jim O'Brien et al.Industry collaborations, a research building with vibration-sheltered space, & a surface science talk seriesAtom-resolution microscopies, molecular modeling, materials synthesis, educationSilicon Graphics & Sun
    Missouri Center for Excellence in Silicon Science & TechnologyMarsha MelitzWork toward state-funded catalysis of resources to keep and attract electronics industry employersDiscussions & proposalsWord processing
    Two-Armed PhysicistsHaresh SiriwardaneFire-fighting for industry, Contacts & jobs for studentsScanned probe & electron microscopesSemper & NIH image
    Bachelor's in Physics with Sci/Tech EmphasisLucio MulestagnoJob-ready graduatesIndustry collaborationsCode of ethics for analytical support
    Course-Linked Annual-Celebration of Important IdeasCharlie BurkhardtAn electronic one-room school-house, delivering science through cultureOnion-peel learning, Rydberg atoms, & candle dancesE-mail & the web

  • Appropriate and Efficient Pooling of Resources between Institutions.
  • Industries as a Source of Interesting Problems, as well as Funded Mandates.
  • Universities as a Source of Individuals with Problem-Solving Interests, as well as Skills.
  • An effective Code of Ethics for Professionals involved in Analytical Support.
  • For more, see the UM-StL Center for Molecular Electronics WWW Server.
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