Kenneth Trantham, a professor of physics and department chair, has been teaching at UNK about one and one-half years. The apparatus downstairs in his lab, an electron accelerator, can make electrons and accelerate them to high speeds and smash them into an atom.
"We use this spin as a probe to look at certain interactions in atoms and molecules," he said. "It's really fun to accelerate electrons to half the speed of light and smash them into an atom. To me, it's about observing and learning."