(With my wife Nancy in Thailand!)
Office: 327 Carnegie |
Lab: 146 Carnegie
44 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, ME 04240
207-786-6322 (office, lab)
I am a professor in the
Physics and Astronomy Department at Bates
College. I'm also faculty advisor to students in the engineering programs.
In the regular semesters, I teach
In Quantum, we consider some thought-provoking problems, like how electrons behave like
waves and can even "tunnel" through a barrier. It's a great course for reviewing everything
you've learned about mathematics. Lab physics is almost the opposite - a real "hands on" course.
We measure the speed of light, the gravitational constant, the electron charge, and the mass of the
neutron. We also use the machine tools in the physics shop, building a precision optical mount,
and we use a vacuum evaporator to deposit a metal film only 800 atoms thick in an experiment
on the Hall effect.
During the short term, I teach
Electronics is another "hands on" course. We build a wide variety of circuits: simple diode
bridges, RC filters, transistor and integrated circuit amplifiers, digital logic networks, analog to
converters, and an individual "project" designed by each student. If you take this course you will
lot of experience with laboratory instruments - analog and digital oscilloscopes, function
digital multimeters, and spectrum analyzers.
My research is in atomic and laser physics, especially the study of ultracold atoms in
magneto-optical atom traps. A thesis student, Amy Sullivan, and I recently developed an
apparatus for simultaneous trapping of two kinds of atoms, so we can
study collisions between ultracold atom clouds. My favorite web site describing MOT research
is that of Phil
who majored in physics at Bates and is now a professor at the University of Connecticut.
Other things you'll find at this site:
A description of
how atom traps
Pictures from our trip home from
Pictures from our recent trip to Nepal
Trek Nepal and Tibet - A Recommended
A link to my son's