Annual Meeting

2020 Annual Meeting of the APS Mid-Atlantic Section

December 4th – 6th, 2020

“Transforming Challenges into Opportunities”

The Executive Committee of the APS Mid-Atlantic Section (MAS) is pleased to announce that the Section will hold its Annual Meeting, in a virtual format, on Friday December 4th to Sunday December 6th.

Hosted by the Section and with the theme “Transforming Challenges into Opportunities,” the annual meeting is going fully virtual! All sessions will have live or taped video presentations by presenters and a chat function for attendees to ask questions. In most other respect, the Meeting will be run much like other APS meetings: with some parallel sessions and some focus sessions. We are asking for abstracts from all fields of physics; for a full list of sorting categories, please see the conference website.

We especially welcome contributions that address many of the challenges that confront the physics community today. Successful communities of physicists, such as MAS, are powered by the diverse opinions, skill sets and life experiences of their members. Prioritizing racial justice, gender parity, disability inclusion, LGBTI equality and inclusion of all forms of human diversity needs to be the “new normal” in the world of physics research and education that emerges from the COVID-19 crisis. It is clear that modern science, technology and innovative teaching can be leveraged to make significant strides toward this mission.


Registration for the meeting is open through December 3rd. Please make sure to register at least 24 hours before the start of the conference to ensure registration information can be transferred to Morressier in time for the virtual conference. Early registration is now over, and all registrations will pay full price according to the table below. 


Registration Fees are:


Before Nov 2nd

After Nov 2nd

Regular Members






Senior Member/Retired Members



Early Career/Post Doc Members



Grad students



Undergrad students



Non-members can join APS at the same time they register. All registration forms and membership forms must arrive together and be accompanied by full payment.

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student and not yet a member of APS, it may be free to join. Please join at before registering for the meeting. Joining APS has many benefits, including a subscription to Physics Today.  Be sure to check the box for the Mid-Atlantic Section!


The Virtual Meeting is powered by Morressier. For a full program, please see the APS website here: Once registered for the conference, you can also find the sessions listed on the Morressier website.


Abstract submission is now closed.

Information for Presentations

All presentations will be online powered by Morressier. More information will be shared once all abstract submissions are received and the schedule completed.

Oral Presentations

  • Contributed: 10 minutes for presentation, 2 minutes for questions
  • Invited: 30 minutes for presentation, 6 minutes for questions
  • Plenary: 50 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for question


  • The poster session will run from 6:15 pm to 8:30 pm on Saturday, December 5th 2020.
  • Poster exhibitors should be logged in for most of that time.
  • The Organizers of this Meeting decided to use virtual POSTERS for all submitted Poster presentations. Through Morressier, this will provide some options as to how to show the poster; more information will be shared later.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to be an APS member to register?
    • No
  • Do I have to be an APS member in order to submit an abstract?
    • No, but you must create a free APS account before you submit your abstract
  • Do I have to be an APS member in order to be a presenter at the MAS-APS Virtual Meeting?
    • No
If you have any additional questions, please post them to the Discussion pages on the APS/MAS Engage Site. Keep an eye out for announcements regarding the annual meeting.

Sorting Categories and Focus Sessions

Focus Sessions:

  1. Biophysics and Biomedical Research related to COVID-19
  2. Quantum Materials
  3. Optical, Atomic, and Molecular Physics
  4. Astrophysics, Solar and Terrestrial Physics
  5. Physics Education Research
  6. Teaching in a fast-changing world
  7. Improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Physics

Sorting Categories:

Depending on the response, some sorting categories and focus sessions may change to accommodate the unique circumstances of a virtual conference during a pandemic.

  1. Solid state materials and Applied Physics (Metals, Dielectrics, Semiconductors)
  2. Magnetism
  3. Superconductivity
  4. Nanostructures, Thin Films, and Spintronics
  5. Quantum Materials
  6. Polymer Physics and Soft Condensed Matter
  7. Fluids
  8. Chemical and Molecular Physics
  9. Molecular and Cellular Biophysics
  10. Biomaterials and Medical Engineering
  11. Renewable Energy Research and Devices
  12. Optical, Atomic, and Molecular Physics
  13. Laser Physics, Imaging, and Remote Sensing
  14. Astrophysics, Gravitational Physics, and Cosmology
  15. Space Physics, Plasma Physics, Solar-Terrestrial Physics, and Physics of Climate
  16. High Energy and Particle Physics
  17. Physics Educational Research, Policy, and Administration
  18. Undergraduate and K-12 Research

Session Committee

The Executive Committee would like to thank the following individuals who have been instrumental in organizing the confirmed, invited speakers listed below. Thank you:

  • Cristiano Dias, NJIT
  • Alex Khalizov, NJIT
  • Valery Kiryukhin, Rutgers U.
  • Alex Morozov, Rutgers U. 
  • Dale Gary, NJIT

Invited Speakers

Session Invited Speaker Title/Institution Title of Talk
Solar Physics
Haimin Wang
Director, Institute of Space Weather Sciences, NJIT
Understanding and Predicting Solar Eruptions with High Resolution Observations and Machine Learning
Dale Gary
Director, Owens Valley Solar Array, CSTR-NJIT
Radio-based Studies of Solar Flares: Looking Ahead to the Next Solar Maximum in 2025
Laura Hayes
Pulsations and oscillatory signatures in solar flares — a unique probe of fundamental flare processes
Meriem Alaoui NASA GSFC
Solar flare energetic electron diagnostics: Beyond hard X-ray power-law spectra
Sam Tun Beltran
Beltran NRL
Exploring Electron Energy Distribution in the SEP-associated Radio CME of 2012 July 17
Nicholeen Viall
Answering the Outstanding Questions of Solar Wind Physics
Graham Kerr
Understanding the Flaring Solar Chromosphere
Emily Mason
Trigger Shy? A "Rosetta-Stone" Solar Eruption
Sijie Yu
Dynamic imaging spectroscopy at radio wavelength: new insight into energetic processes on the Sun
Session Invited Speaker Title/Institution Title of Talk
Quantum Materials:
Milan E. Delor
Columbia U.
Imaging energy transport and inter-particle interactions at the nanoscale
Chinedu Ekuma
Lehigh U.
Computational-enabled Design and Electrostatic Doping in 2D Materials for Quantum and Neuromorphic Information Processing
Dorri Halbertal
Columbia U.
Moiré metrology of energy
landscapes in van der Waals
Alexey Kuzmenko
University of Geneva
Cryogenic s-SNOM studies of metal-insulator transitions in correlated oxides
Musfeldt, Janice
U. Tennessee
Symmetry crossover in layered MPS3 complexes (M= Mn, Fe,
Ni) via near-field infrared spectroscopy
Mengkun Liu
Stony Brook University
Electronic Phenomena in Correlated Oxides at the nanoscale
Daniel J. Rizzo
Columbia U.
Charge-Transfer Plasmon Polaritons at Graphene/α-RuCl3 Interfaces
Weida Wu
Rutgers University
Magnetic imaging of antiferromagnetic domain walls
Daniel Walkup NIST STM-based fabrication and characterization of quantum dots in graphene
Nikolai Zhitenev NIST AFM based characterization of edge channels in graphene under the Quantum Hall effect
Session Invited Speaker Title/Institution Title of Talk
Quantum Materials: THz and IR spectroscopy

Peter Armitage
The Johns Hopkins University
Duality and domain wall dynamics in a twisted Kitaev chain
Alexander Boris
MPI-FKF, Stuttgart, GE
Infrared spectroscopy of collective excitations in quasi-one-dimensional Ta2NiSe5 and Ta2NiS5
Scott A. Crooker
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Los Alamos National Lab
Electrons, Holes, and Excitons in Monolayer Semiconductors: Insights from Optical Spectroscopy in (Really) High Magnetic Fields
Chis Homes
Condensed Matter Physics
and Materials Science Dept., BNL
Unusual electronic and vibrational behavior in the high thermopower antimonides FeSb2 and CrSb2
Stefano Lupi
University of Rome
Linear and Nonlinear Terahertz Behavior of Topological Insulators
Premysl Marsik
University of Fribourg, CH
Phonon anomalies in strained SrMnO3 films
Artem Pronin
University of Stuttgart, GE
The chiral anomaly in Weyl semimetals as seen by optical probes
Diyar Talbayev
Terahertz spectroscopic studies of noncentrosymmetric magnets
Liang Wu
University of Pennsylvania
Nonlinear terahertz emission spectroscopy of topological chiral multifold semimetals
Liuyan Zhao
Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Real-Time Observation of
Dynamic Modulations over a Ferro-Rotational Charge
Density Wave
Session Invited Speaker Title/Institution Title of Talk
Quantum Materials: Magnetism, Theory, Spectroscopy
Sang Wook Cheong
Rutgers University
Trompe L'oeil Ferromagnetism
Valery Kiryukhin
Rutgers University
AFM domain imaging using synchrotron radiation
Colin Broholm
Magnetism and quantum transport in the kagome lattices of semi-metallic Mn3X
Valentina Bisogni
Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering (RIXS) to Probe Spin Dynamics in Magnonic Materials
Trevor Tyson
Physics Department, NJIT
Detailed Structure of Hybrid Improper Ferroelectric A2B3O7 Systems
Ratcliff, William D.
Neutron Investigations of the Antiferromagnet Topological Insulator, MnBi2Te4
Junjie Yang
Physics Department, NJIT
Magnetic chirality induced by chemical substitution in a chiral-polar antiferromagnet
Jak Chakhalian
Rutgers Univ.
Weyl Physics in (111)-Oriented Thin Films of Iridium Pyrochlores
Premala Chandra
Rutgers Univ.
Novel Phases in Quantum Critical Polar Metals
Gabi Kotliar
Rutgers Univ.
Strongly correlated superconductivity: a theoretical perspective from the bronze the iron and the nickel era.
Michele Pavanello
Rutgers Univ.
Towards ab-initio device-level electronic structure models with DFT
Jedediah Pixley
Rutgers Univ.
Controlling exotic Dirac cones with moire superlattices
Karin Rabe
Rutgers Univ.
Novel Functionalities in
Switchable Polar Materials from First Principles
Oleg Tchernyshyov The Johns Hopkins Univ. Chiral magnetism: A Geometric Perspective
Seongshik Oh Rutgers University Ten-years-journey: From classical to quantum regime of topological surface states
Loren Pfeiffer Princeton U. Achievement of a new higher electron mobility plateau for GaAs quantum wells
Nitin Samarth Penn State U. Spin-charge interconversion at topological semimetal/ferromagnet interfaces
M. Zahid Hasan Princeton U.
Discovery of Topological
Magnets in 2D and 3D
Session Invited Speaker Title/Institution
Title of Talk
Quantum Optics Wendell T. Hill III University of Maryland
Exploring the quantum vacuum with super-intense laser pulses
Session Invited Speaker Title/Institution Title of Talk
Sensing Technologies for Health, Energy, and Environment Silvana Andreescu Clarkson University
Remote Sensors Incorporating Nanomaterials with Enzyme- Mimetic Properties
Kevin Belfield NJIT
Mitochondria Imaging, Sensing and Photo-modulation
Hao Chen NJIT Bio-MS
Session Invited Speaker Title/Institution Title of Talk
Physics Education Research Chandralekha Singh Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh Facilitating thinking and learning in and beyond the physics classrooms
Melanie Good Deptartment. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh Prevalence of academic dishonesty in timed online quizzes in introductory physics, and effectiveness of interventions to encourage academic honesty
Ashish Borgaonkar NJIT
Rethinking Teaching to Foster Student Success in a Fast-Changing World due to COVID-19 Disruption.
Session Invited Speaker Title/Institution Title of Talk
Astrophysics Eugenio Bianchi Penn State U. Small Spins of Primordial Black Holes from Random Geometries
Carmen Carmona Penn State U. LZ experiment (Dark Matter)
Luiz de Viveiros Penn State U. Project 8 (Neutrinos)
Frank Schroeder Univ. of Delaware
Radio Arrays for ultra-high-energy Cosmic Particles
Stephanie Wissel Penn State U.
Cosmic Neutrino Searches at High Elevations
Chad Hanna Penn State U. Recent Results from LIGO and Virgo
Randall McEntaffer Penn State U. High-energy astrophysics enabled through high-resolution spectroscopy using nanofabricated gratings
David Radice Penn State U. The Strong Field Dynamics of Binary Neutron Star
Jordan Goodman Univ. of Maryland Recent Results from the HAWC Gamma Ray Observatory
Elizabeth Hays NASA
Astrophysical transformations in 12 years of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope
Sarah Shandera Penn State U. Cosmological Open Quantum Systems
Naoko Kurahashi Nielson Drexel Univ.
Detecting Cosmic Neutrinos with IceCube at the Earth's South Pole
David Tanner Univ. Florida Seeking the unseen: The Axion Dark Matter eXperiment (ADMX)
Session Invited Speaker Title/Institution Title of Talk
Biophysics Lu Bai Penn State Univ. Thermodynamic Modeling of Genome-wide Nucleosome Depleted Regions in Yeast
Alex Morozov Rutgers Univ.
Bayesian Exploration of Complex Networks by Random Walks
Cristiano Dias NJIT
Monomeric structures of the disordered amyloid-beta protein: an all-atom computational study
Eldon Emberly Simon Fraser Univ.
Organizing space at the cellular scale using molecular lawnmowers
Eleni Katifori UPenn
Pulse propagation in compliant complex networks
Paul Francois McGill
Robotic Mapping and Generative Modelling of Cytokine Responses
Brigita Urbanc Drexel University
Conformational Dynamics of Short Peptides in Aqueous
Solutions: Assessment of Molecular
Andrej Kosmrlj Princeton U.
Designing the Morphology of Separated Phases in Multicomponent Liquid Mixtures
David Sivak Simon Fraser University Nonequilibrium energy transduction in stochastic strongly coupled rotary motors
Sanghyuk Lee Rutgers U.
Development of multimodal microscope and its application to
single-molecule study of mitochondrial transcription initiation
Justin Kinney CSHL
Massively Parallel Reporter Assays, Machine Learning, and the Biophysics of Gene Regulation
Mark Transtrum Brigham Young University
Using Information Geometry to Find Simple Models of Complex Processes
Luis Cruz Drexel University.
Computational Study of the Role of Spatial Organization in the Synchronicity of Firing Events in Spiking Neuronal Networks
Andy Nieuwkoop Rutgers U. Chem
Characterization of Phosphatidylinositol Phosphates Binding in Lipid Bilayers by Solid-state NMR
Aurelia Honerkamp Smith Lehigh U.
Fundamental physics of flow-mediated membrane protein transport.
Normand Mousseau Université de Montréal
Amyloid aggregation: numerical challenges to understanding the onset of oligomerisation
Vijay Balasubramanian UPenn The size of the immune repertoire of bacteria
Session Invited Speaker Title/Institution Title of Talk
Atmospheric research Daniel Knopf Stony Brook Multiphase chemical kinetics and cloud formation by organic aerosol
Arthur Sedlacek Brookhaven National Lab Wildfires and Their Contribution to Climate Change
Mark Zondlo Princeton
Mid-infrared sensing of
atmospheric ammonia: linking farms, cities, and ecosystems
Jun Zheng Nanjing UIST
Application of chemical
ionization mass spectrometry in the new particle formation studies
James Smith UC Irvine
What processes are responsible for the growth of atmospheric nanoparticles?
Doug Worsnop Aerodyne, Inc.
Atmospheric Aerosol Chemistry: Climate and Air Quality
Seth Lyman Utah State University Atmospheric mercury: Successes and failures with measurements in the parts-per-quadrillion range
Aleksei Khalizov CES, NJIT
Is direct molecular analysis of atmospheric oxidized mercury possible?

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