Students play important role in Nobel-caliber research
Tucked away in a small, cluttered laboratory on Patuxent River Naval Air Station, two physicists spend their days trapping atoms – millions and millions of microscopic atoms. Dr. Frank Narducci, a physicist at Patuxent River Naval Air Station (NAVAIR 4.5.6.) and adjunct professor of physics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Dr. Charles Adler, a physics professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, are engaged in groundbreaking research designed to create navigation systems 1,000 times more stable than current models for Navy submarines.
Assisting Narducci and Adler in their research are physics students from St. Mary’s College, who, during the school year, use the opportunity to work on their senior St. Mary’s Projects (SMPs). The students are paid during the summer. "The students’ work is very useful here," Adler said. "We emphasize to them that the work they’re doing here is real work; it’s not just some project that’s not going to do anything for anyone."
Marc Apter | EurekAlert!
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