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Swimming's Mike Koss Heads To Japan To Give Physics Report

Oct. 23, 2001

Notre Dame senior co-captain Mike Koss (Aurora, Colo.) will travel to Osaka, Japan, this week to report the finding of his research to the Research Center for Nuclear Physics.

Koss’ research presentation is an investigation of the Isoscalar Giant Dipole Resonance (ISGDR) using a 300 MeV alpha beam and the Grand Raiden Spectrometer. ISGDR provides a way of determining the nuclear incompressibility parameter that has importance in various phenomena such as determining whether a star will collapse into a black hole or explode in a supernova.

Koss follows in the footsteps of last year’s senior co-captain, Matt Hedden, who delivered similar research to the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society last year. The Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team boasts one of the top grade point averages in the nation and were recently ranked second in the nation by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America with a 3.32 team GPA for the 2001 spring semester.