"Low-temperature infrared spectroscopy of H2 in solid C60."
Hugh Churchill is a 2006 graduate of Oberlin College with a B.A. in physics and mathematics and a BM. in tuba performance. Working with Prof. Stephen FitzGerald and fellow Oberlin students, he used infrared spectroscopy to probe the dynamics of H2 trapped in a C60 lattice. The design and construction of a cryogenic apparatus extended high as 100 atm. The low temperature spectra contained much sharper peaks and a rich fine structure, allowing more precise determination of the details of the C60-H2 interaction potential and the general behavior of trapped H2.
Hugh is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in mesoscopic physics at Harvard University with an NSF Fellowship.