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Day and night physics

photo_sIn the middle of autumn, Lviv Young Minds Section both with the Faculty of Physics of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv organized a science communication event “Day and night physics”. Weather conditions forced us to split this event into two parts: “Night physics: astronomical observatory” (October 17, 2017) and “Day physics: Sunday of experiments” (October 22, 2017). We were close to our main purpose – popularization and promotion of science within an audience of different age – than ever.

“Night Physics” is four similar night excursions to the suburban observation station of the Astronomical Observatory of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, where participants were briefed on history of the observatory and its equipment, history of astronomical studies in Ukraine, modern world’s largest telescopes, most significant discoveries in the last 15 years. The participants were told about the structure of the telescope and observed the night sky (Saturn and Pleiades using the telescope and famous constellations). Each excursion lasted for more than 1 hour. We rented a bus for four groups of visitors. Participation was free of charge and with prior registration. The total number of visitors is aroud 120.

“Day Physics” is an event rich in entertaining experiments and demonstrations. Therefore, visitors could see what physicists are doing in the daytime and try themselves as researchers. The concept of the event was quite simple: 6 areas of physics, respectively, 6 laboratories, parallel sessions, 4 hours. Participation was free of charge and without prior registration.
Laboratory of Radioengineering prepared experiments involving electric spark, a Hall sensor, lasers, electromagnetic induction, investigation of different signals using a computer and a USB oscilloscope.
Laboratory of Low-Temperature Physics demonstrated nanostructures, experiments with liquid nitrogen and helium, the superconductor levitation.
Laboratory of Optics demonstrated diffraction, interference, geometric optics, polarization, luminescence, holography.
Laboratory of Metal Physics showed the Brownian motion, series of experiments concerning pressure changes, how to synthesize a magnetic fluid and control it using electromagnets.
In the Laboratory of Astrophysics, participants made their own star chart, learned how to use it.
Also, the Laboratories of Theoretical Physics and Optics have prepared interactive parts. Theoreticians helped participants to make the pendulum of Capitza, a cloud in a bottle, the easiest analogue of a non-Newtonian and magnetic fluid, etc. Opticians concentrated on different aspects of luminescence, game of light and colorful shadows.
The series of experiments were repeated like sessions in a cinema, according to the schedule. Long demonstrations in the Laboratory of Low-Temperature Physics were repeated 2 times. Interactive parts continued without interruptions. All other laboratories repeated 30-min. demonstrations 5 times.
The total number of visitors is around 350.

XVII Workshop and Award for young researchers in the field of statistical physics and condensed matter theory

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The 17th Workshop and Award for young researchers in the field of statistical physics and condensed matter theory supported by EPS Young Minds Committee was held in Lviv at the Institute for Condensed Matter Physics on June 8–9, 2017. The event was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Abba Glauberman (1917–1974), a famous Ukrainian physicist who worked in Ivan Franko Lviv State University (1948–1966) and contributed to development of quantum theory of solid state and statistical theory of condensed systems.

Young researchers in statistical physics and condensed matter theory had an opportunity to present their own results during the Workshop as well as compete for the competition prize. This year the reports of participants were particularly striking. Two of them – Olesia Krupnitska and Vasyl’ Kharchenko – were awarded for the best presentations by Special Individual Awards. Four other young participants – Tetiana Rokhmanova, Vasyl’ Vasyuta, Olha Shchur and Oleksiy Zdorevskiy – were distinguished by the Competition Committee as the most promising ones. In general, 22 young researchers not only from Lviv, but from Sumy, Dnipro, Kyiv, Kharkiv – took part in the event.

Five invited lectures were given during the Workshop. In particular, the well-known Ukrainian physicist Stanislav Vilchynskiy presented his overview devoted to generation and evolution of magnetic fields in the early Universe. A special talk about personal and scientific life of Abba Glauberman was given by Correspondent Member of the NAS of Ukraine Ihor Stasiuk. Volodymyr Ponedilok introduced the audience to the activity of Stefan Banach in Lviv. Two other speakers also presented wonderful lectures on other directions of modern statistical and quantum physics.

Besides the official part, some cultural activities were organized, including city sightseeing excursion and evening beer-party. As usual, the Workshop gave a great chance to young and their more experienced colleagues to get in touch, to discuss interesting topics and to enrich scientific connections in friendly atmosphere.

Members of ICMP Young Minds Section in Lviv familiarized the audience with the section’s activities and the general scope of EPS Young Minds Organization.

The photos related to the event can be found on the site of the event:
http://www.icmp.lviv.ua/konkurs/
http://www.icmp.lviv.ua/konkurs/gallery.html

XVI Workshop and Award for young researchers in the field of statistical physics and condensed matter theory

lviv_workshop_sIn the end of January Lviv Young Minds Section received an EPS Activity Grant  for part of organization of the XVI Workshop and Award for young researchers in the field of statistical physics and condensed matter theory. This event was both with the Council of Young Scientists of ICMP and was held in Lviv at the Institute for Condensed Matter Physics on June 9–10, 2016.
The aim of the event is to promote the studies of young researchers in statistical physics and condensed matter theory as well as to establish connections among young scientists from different research centers of Ukraine.
This year participants of the workshop had a great opportunity to listen to invited lectures of five top experts in statistical physics and condensed matter theory from Ukrainian and Polish scientific institutions. 21 short communications of young researchers and 4 contributed talks of the Award applicants from various research centers in Kiev, Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk and Lviv were presented during two days of the event. As a result 3 awards for best short communications and one Special Award for contributed talk found their owners according to the findings of the Competition Committee.
The full list of photos from the event is on the web-page of the Workshop http://www.icmp.lviv.ua/konkurs/gallery.html
Participants from other cities were highly interested in activities of Young Minds. We still keep in touch so hopefully some of them will apply to YM to create their YM Sections.

XV Workshop for young researchers in the field of statistical physics and condensed matter theory

2015_Lviv_Work_03The 15th Workshop and Award for young researchers in the field of statistical physics and condensed matter theory supported by EPS Young Minds project was held in Lviv at the Institute for Condensed Matter Physics on June 4–5, 2015. Since this year is announced as the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies, the event was dedicated to the 115th anniversary of Olexander Smakula (1900–1983), a famous Ukrainian physicist who is known for the invention of anti-reflective lens coatings based on optical interference.

Five invited lectures were given during the Workshop. In particular, the well-known Ukrainian physicist who studies the optical problems, Leonid Yatsenko presented his overview devoted to the application of light properties to the manipulation of small particles. A special talk about personal and scientific life of Olexander Smakula was given by Svitlana Apunevych. Three other speakers also presented enthusiastic lectures on other directions of modern statistical physics.

Young researchers in statistical physics and condensed matter theory had an opportunity to present their own results during the Workshop. Two of them – Khrystyna Haydukivska and Andrij Kuzmak – were awarded for the best presentations by Special Individual Awards. Four other young participants – Vasyl’ Vasyuta, Iryna Bzovska, Maryana Krasnytska and Kyrylo Snizhko – were distinguished by the Competition Committee as the most promising ones. In general, 19 young researchers not only from Lviv, but from Odesa, Dnipropetrovs’k, Kyiv – took part in the event.

Besides the official part, many cultural activities were organized, including city sightseeing excursion, evening beer-party and picnic. As usual, the Workshop gave a great chance to young and their more experienced colleagues to get in touch, to discuss interesting topics and to enrich scientific connections in friendly atmosphere.

Iryna Zahladko, the president of ICMP Young Minds Section in Lviv, gave a special presentation to familiarize the audience with the section’s activities and the general scope of EPS Young Minds project.

FacebookThe photos related to the event can be found on the group of our section on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.777221795727664&type=1

Lviv Days of Light

Lviv_Days_Light__09ICTP Young Minds section together with Ivan Franko National University of Lviv held the “Lviv Days of Light” in May 16-17, 2015. The event consisted of three parts: lecturing part, experimental part and entertaining part. The role of light in art, the nature of light and the application of optics in everyday life were discussed during the presentations. Interesting light phenomena, namely: interference, diffraction, polarization, luminescence etc. – were demonstrated later. Finally, everybody had an opportunity to draw a picture using luminous paints and to observe the beautiful effect afterwards under the UV light.

The program of the activities was the following:
16 May:

  1. Popular scientific talk about the role of light in art, given by Victoria Boyarko-Dolzhenko from the Lviv Academy of Art;
  2. Everybody (children of all ages!) had an opportunity to draw a picture using the luminous paints;

17 May:

  1. Popular lecture about the role of light and its different sources was provided by Vitaly Vistovskyy from the Department of Experimental Physics (Ivan Franko National University of Lviv);
  2. Fascinating optical experiments demonstrating the physical properties of light were provided by Igor Pashuk and Andrij Zhyshkovych from the Department of Experimental Physics (Ivan Franko National University of Lviv);
  3. Exhibition of luminous drawings including a number of paintings created by lviv artist Oksana Romanova.