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Ethan Williams, Physics & Astronomy

Ethan Williams, Physics & Astronomy

I am a graduate student in the Ramanathan Lab in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth. My primary research involves developing methods for controlling electron spins in diamond which can be used to detect magnetic field activity with extremely high sensitivity at the micro-scale. Long-term applications of this technology include improving the abilities of chemical identification, non-invasive monitoring of biological activity, and characterizing microelectronic systems. As a scientist, I consider it part of my mission to stoke people’s curiosity about the natural world and encourage others to practice critical thinking. I joined the SEPA program to help develop the means for informing middle schoolers about the methods scientists use to address problems our community faces in rural New England. Furthermore, I aim to reduce the level of obscurity with which middle schoolers might perceive topics like physics and quantum mechanics. It is my hope that through this interaction, the middle schoolers will view science as an accessible and useful practice that they can incorporate into their lives and perhaps pursue formally as they continue their academic growth.