Carthage College

Ferrocious Fliers

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The objective of our mission is to observe onset of normal field instability (NFI) in a ferrofluid suspension as a function of applied magnetic field and to characterize the role of gravity in stabilizing the surface of the ferrofluid against deformation driven by magnetization.


Team Information

Name: Justin Barhite

Year: freshman

Major: physics/math

Interests: piano, chess, reading, racquetball

Future goals: go to grad school for physic

Research done: built an external cavity diode laser


Tessa Rundle

Sophomore physics major

Interests: astronomy, music, traveling, shopping


Brendan Krull

Sophomore mechanical engineering major

Interests: Cybernetics, reading, playing video games, and programming.


Kevin LeCaptain

Sophomore, double major in physics and math, chemistry minor

Member of Carthage College’s Ultimate Frisbee team and pep band

Research done: analyzed data observed from the radiation emitted by sparks.

Future Goals: attend graduate school in an area of physics.


Amelia Gear

Junior physics and studio art double major

Historian of Carthage College Society of Physics Chapter, secretary of Carthage Quidditch League, member of the pep band and an orientation leader

Interests: reading, painting, drawing, rock climbing, and sewing

Research done: Member of the Carthage College microgravity team, in the SEED program, in which the team designed an experiment to degas FC-72, which was flown

on the zero-g plane.


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