Thomas Moore, Ph.D., Research

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Currently most of my research is focused in the area of musical acoustics. Specifically, our group studies the physics of musical instruments. Most of our work is accomplished as part of the Rollins College Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program, and our students typically spend two to three years on a project.

The centerpiece of our laboratory is a 10' x 12' x 7' anechoic chamber completely tiled with sound absorbing foam. Inside this chamber we have two vibration-isolated optical tables. On one we have built an electronic speckle pattern interferometer, the other is used to mount large instruments such as pianos for interferometric observation. The 5 Watt solid-state laser that provides the light for the interferometer is mounted outside of the chamber on another isolated optical table.

Follow the links below to see short descriptions of some of our work.

The Physics of the Trumpet

The Physics of the Piano Soundboard

The Physics of Orchestral Crotales

The Physics of Elephant Bells

The Physics of Slit-log Gongs

Students participate in all aspects of my research.  Each year several students work with me as part of the Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program. Additionally, many students perform research during the academic year. Typically, students will present their work at a national forum such as the National Meeting of the American Physical Society, which is held in a different part of the country each year. We try to ensure that every physics major is given the opportunity to perform original scientific research during their Rollins experience. Our goal is that every student who participates in our research program has the opportunity to participate in writing an article for publication in a nationally recognized, peer-reviewed scientific journal. Learn more about our student participation in research.