Michael Tinkham

first_imgMichael Tinkham, Rumford Professor of Physics and Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics in the Physics Department and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Emeritus, who was internationally known for his contributions to condensed matter physics, in particular superconductivity, died in Portland, Oregon, on November 4, 2010, of complications following a stroke.  He was 82 years old.Mike was an experimental physicist with a gift for theory and a nose for important challenging problems.  After graduating from Ripon College in Wisconsin in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in physics, he proceeded to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his master’s degree and Ph.D. in just three years.  His thesis, “Theory of the Fine Structure of the Molecular Oxygen Ground State with an Experimental Study of its Microwave Paramagnetic Spectrum,” was published in 1955.  He changed his interests from gaseous magnetic oxygen to the understanding of properties in solids with a classic study of magnetic properties of transition metal ions in a diamagnetic lattice as a postdoctoral fellow at the Clarendon Laboratory in Oxford University from 1954-1955.  Mike then moved to the University of California in Berkeley as a postdoctoral fellow in 1955, and joined the faculty there in 1957.At Berkeley Mike wrote his first book, Group Theory and Quantum Mechanics (1964).  His research was predominantly in superconductivity and magnetism.  This was an era when the understanding of superconductivity in metals was just emerging after many decades of study and lack of understanding.  Together with Rolf Glover III, a fellow postdoc, he set up a laboratory and measured the absorption/transmission of far infrared light passing through thin superconducting films. The remarkable result was that more light passed through the films in the superconducting state than in the higher temperature normal metal phase.  The far IR measurements as a function of frequency showed the existence of the superconducting energy gap.  These observations preceded the just-developing Bardeen-Cooper-Schriefer (BCS) theory of superconductivity and were key evidence in support of the theory.  His double-pronged research group in superconductivity and magnetism created an exciting environment, and Berkeley was an important stop for travelling scientists to visit Mike and his group and observe the latest findings.  In 1974 Mike was awarded the Oliver Buckley Prize of the American Physical Society for outstanding theoretical or experimental contributions to condensed matter physics based upon that work.In 1966 Mike accepted an offer from the Physics Department at Harvard University, where he spent the rest of his career.  Superconductivity continued as the main focus of his research.  His deep understanding of superconductivity led him to write his second book, Introduction to Superconductivity (1975), which clearly elucidated the subtle mysteries of the subject and has become a classic in the field.  In the early seventies, together with his postdocs and students, he made important advances in understanding the effect of thermal fluctuations on broadening the transition between superconducting and normal states.  With his deep understanding of the subtle theoretical underpinnings of superconductivity, he led a research activity to study many properties of the superconducting state.  With members of his group he applied those ideas to phase-slip centers, current flow across the superconductor-normal interface, and the subharmonic energy-gap structure in superconducting metallic weak links.  Mike moved with the times.  At Harvard he led in the development of the first central labs for producing materials on a nanoscopic level.  He and his group studied submicron tunnel junctions capacitively coupled to minute islands, the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition in arrays of Josephson junctions, and tiny metallic whiskers grown on carbon nanotubes.Until his retirement Mike maintained a large active research group.  Graduate students were attracted to him for his ability to make complex ideas seem simple and to offer thesis problems on the leading edge of the field.  He encouraged his students to explore new directions, giving them full freedom to follow their own ideas and develop as creative scientists.  He hungered for data from his labs and had an uncanny talent for transforming scraps of experimental data into an ever-deeper understanding of superconductivity.  Over 45 students received their Ph.D.s under Mike’s tutelage.  His well-trained students and postdocs easily found positions at leading universities and research laboratories.Mike loved good food, good wine, and special desserts, sampling them all over the world.  His students were devoted and had an annual “Tinkham Dinner” at the March meeting of the American Physical Society.  Throughout most of his career he was quite formal and wore a coat and tie for most occasions, sometimes with a funny cap for the Boston weather.  But this attire did not hinder his fun with his students.  A special Science Center lecture to the interested public was advertised by a large colorful sign titled “Superconductivity” only to be doctored by his students on the night of the presentation to read “Sex and Superconductivity.”  He once walked into his lab where some of his students were having lunch and was upset to find that none of the homemade electronics were labeled. He demanded that everything in the lab be labeled for the next generation. The next day he found all the equipment duly labeled and his students sitting with bowed heads.  When they were asked to look up, Mike saw five foreheads labeled “Graduate Student.”Mike is survived by his wife, Mary Tinkham, his sons, Jeff and Chris, and two grandchildren, all now living in Portland, Oregon.  His colleagues and students, deeply saddened by his passing, will always remember his warmth, friendliness, and enthusiasm, as well as the depth of understanding and insights he brought to physics.Respectfully submitted,Venkatesh NarayanamurtiRobert M. WesterveltIsaac F. Silvera, Chairlast_img read more

Trending up: Parris provides reliable late-down option; Secondary holds Louisville in check

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) fell to Louisville (5-1, 3-1), 28-6, at the Carrier Dome on Friday night, but here are three bright spots for what was ultimately an ugly game for the Orange.1. Josh ParrisParris has been working back from a knee injury he sustained in training camp, and Friday looked to be his first real run as the primary tight end. Without second-string tight end Kendall Moore, starting H-back Brisly Estime and top target Ashton Broyld, Hunt used Parris as a safety valve and he proved a reliable late-down option. Parris caught five passes for 34 yards, with three catches earning first downs — and two of those three coming on third down. He lined up in the slot, on the line throughout the game and was targeted out of the slot on the left sideline for what would have been his longest catch of the game. But Hunt threw the pass high and out of his reach. All of SU’s success came on underneath routes, which allowed Parris to turn his hips and get upfield for mid-sized gains.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. Pass defenseJulian Whigham didn’t think Louisville quarterback Reggie Bonnafon was telegraphing his passes, except on his first-quarter interception that set the tone for a solid day for Syracuse the secondary. Louisville quarterback Reggie Bonnafon finished 12-for-22 with 174 yards, and the Cardinals ran the ball 48 times. Had SU been able to control the  ground game — an advertised strength of the defense — the Cardinals would have had an even harder time in the air and an even harder time moving the ball. But when the Orange front did stop the run on early downs, defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough was able to insert an extra safety on the field for what SU calls the “Okie” package. Cornerbacks Whigham and Brandon Reddish and safeties Darius Kelly, Durell Eskridge and Ritchy Desir dropped back in a Cover 3 and allowed the line and linebackers to get good pressure on Bonnafon — which resulted in the Cardinals going 7-for-16 on third down.The SU secondary did get hurt when the Cardinals ran underneath routes to counter the Cover 3, but Whigham said a few tweaks to the umbrella coverage can stop that wrinkle. 3. Ben Lewis Let’s forget that Ben Lewis let an easy touchdown catch fall through his fingers. It’s not easy, but his full body of work against the Cardinals can help. Without Estime and Broyld, Lewis worked mostly out of the slot and only had two catches for 54 yards in the game. But his 48-yard reception in the third was his third big gain in as many games, and without penalties and his drop in the end zone, it should have set up a Syracuse touchdown.Touchdowns never came, but Lewis fell a yard short of the end zone, caught a score that was called back and missed one that he catches nine times out of 10. “Close” doesn’t show up on the scoreboard, but he looks to be a reliable option moving forward. Comments Published on October 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott on NFL fining him for celebration: ‘A lot of things they do define ridiculous’

first_imgThe Cowboys are excited about their hot streak but Ezekiel Elliott isn’t thrilled about the recent fine the NFL issued him.Elliott dropped $21 and Dak Prescott into the Salvation Army Kettle during two separate touchdown celebrations in his team’s 31-23 victory over the Redskins in late November. The NFL responded by fining him $13,369 for unsportsmanlike conduct, much to Elliott’s disappointment.  The Cowboys have been doing plenty of winning lately. They’ve emerged from their last four games victorious, with their most recent win coming against the Saints, who were widely considered one of the best teams in the NFL. Related News The Cowboys will attempt to beat the Eagles on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET. They’ll enter that game with a 7-5 record. “A lot of things they (the NFL) do define ridiculous,” Elliott said, via ProFootballTalk. “But I mean, that’s not really any of my business, not really anything I can change, so I’m just going to keep being focused on this season, keep being focused on leading this team and focused on going out there and winning ball games.” Drew Brees, Saints credit Cowboys as 10-game win streak endslast_img read more

Seahawks vs. Eagles odds, prediction, betting trends for NFL wild-card playoff game

first_imgStat that mattersThe Eagles have the No. 3 red zone scoring offense, getting TDs 66.7 percent of the time. The Seahawks struggle in red zone defense, ranked 26th in allowing opponents to score TDs 61.5 percent of the time. It might be hard to Philadelphia get inside the Seattle 20, but when it does, it has the passing game to punch it in. Wilson needs to be ready to finish drives to match.Seahawks vs. Eagles predictionThe Seahawks are healthier in the key matchups and their wide receivers and Lynch can be a big difference, making more big plays with Wilson than the Eagles can do around Wentz. The Seahawks’ defense is better position to make an impact play up front with Eagles’ offensive line missing Brandon Brooks and Lane Johnson. Seattle is bound to play a close game, and its experience pulling out nail-biters all season long pays off here again.Seahawks 20, Eagles 17 Here’s everything to know about betting on Seahawks vs. Eagles in the NFL playoffs, including updated odds, trends and our expert’s prediction for the NFC wild-card game.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends at Sports InsiderSeahawks vs. Eagles odds for NFL playoffsSpread: Seahawks by 1.5Point total: 45Odds: Seahawks -105, Eagles -115The Seahawks have been slight favorites since the lines were released, thanks to their previous solid victory in Philadelphia and a record that’s a strong two games better. The Seahawks with Wilson and coach Pete Carroll also have a recent track record of performing well in East Coast road games.Seahawks vs. Eagles all-time seriesThe Seahawks, with their win in November, now hold a 10-7 edge in the avian rivalry. They also have won five consecutive games and seven of eight against the Eagles. The last time Philadelphia won, it was in Seattle in November of 2008, well before both Carroll and Wilson led the Seahawks.Three trends to know— The Seahawks were only 7-7-2 against the spread during the regular season. The Eagles were 7-9.— The Eagles and Seahawks both had exactly half (8 of 16) of their respective games go over the point total.— The Seahawks are 1-3 straight up and against the spread in the past four games. Three things to watchWilson to Lockett and MetcalfThe Eagles will be without cornerback Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills, Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox are all playing hurt at the posiiton. The Seahawks got savvy veteran Tyler Lockett and promising rookie DK Metcalf going together again in the finale against the 49ers. The Seahawks have a depleted makeshift backfield against a tough Eagles’ run defense. The game plan needs to adjust to be more about Wilson throwing early to take advantage of Lockett’s and Metcalf’s ability to both stretch the field and get open in the red zone.Wentz to … someoneThe Eagles are down to converted college QB Greg Ward as their top wideout  Tight end Zach Ertz (back, ribs) is set to play at much less than 100 percent. Between Ward, tight ends Dallas Goedert and Josh Perkins and running backs Miles Sanders and Boston Scott, Wentz needs to exploit the most favorable matchups. The Seahawks have cornerback Shaquill Griffin healthy, but they have been vulnerable against tight ends all season, even after trading for former Lion Quandre Diggs, who’s now back healthy, too. The Seahawks are strong at linebacker even without former Eagle Mychal Kendricks, but Sanders and Scott can cause problems with their quickness.The Eagles have taken advantage of their sudden intermediate committee approach to keep defenses guessing a little and found some downfield juice in the process. The Seahawks need to be prepared for anything from their underdog hosts offensively.”Beast Mode” back in the playoffsMarshawn Lynch will be relentless running and helping rookie Travis Homer as they both try to fill the big backfield void of Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. Penny burned the Eagles’ with one long TD run that made the difference in the first meeting. Don’t be surprised if Lynch makes a key thunderous run or gets a key TD even if the yardage overall on the ground is limited. When the Seahawks (11-5) travel to take on the Eagles (9-7) in Philadelphia for Sunday’s NFC wild-card playoff game (4:40 p.m. ET, NBC), it will be a matchup of a disappointed wild card vs. a thrilled division champion. The No. 5 Seahawks settled for second in the NFC West behind the 49ers, while the No. 4 Eagles edged the Cowboys to take the NFC East.The Seahawks faced the Eagles on the road in Week 12, winning an ugly battle of attrition, 17-9. Both teams have tried to overcome various injury issues all season and will need to do so again in the rematch.last_img read more