Summer 2017

Welcome to our new colleague: Dr. Chris Herdman will be joining the physics department faculty during the summer of 2017.

Research Interests:
My primary research interests lie at the intersection of condensed matter physics and quantum information science: I study quantum phases of matter (e.g. superfluids, superconductors, and Bose-Einstein condensates) from a quantum information perspective--for example, to understand how quantum matter might be used as the basis of a quantum computer. To these ends, I develop and use computational algorithms as theoretical tools to study quantum information properties (e.g. quantum entanglement) of strongly interacting quantum many-body systems.

Welcome to our new colleague: Dr. Paul Hess will be joining the physics department faculty during the summer of 2017.

Research Interests:
My research focuses on studying the quantum mechanical properties of tiny crystals made of a few atomic or molecular ions, which are assembled, trapped and levitated in a vacuum chamber using electric forces. By imaging and manipulating these trapped ions with laser light, we can study their usefulness as the building blocks of a future quantum computer.

Spring 2017

Students Collaborate with Prof. Goodsell on Research Published in Physics Journal

Prof. Emeritus Frank Winkler receives NASA funding.

Prof. Eilat Glikman has been awarded a NASA grant to study "Spectral Energy Distributions of Red Quasars."

Prof. Eilat Glikman has been named a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation.

Ancient Astronomy course highlighted in J-term Scenes: Measuring the Earth as the Ancients Did.

Prof. Noah Graham has been named a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation.

Prof. Frank Winkler has been awarded a NASA grant to study "What Makes Radio-detected and Optically-detected Supernova Remnants in NGC6946 Different."

Fall 2016

Prof. Eilat Glikman has been awarded a NASA grant to study "Testing the Triggering Mechanism for Luminous, Radio-Quiet Red Quasars in the Clearing Phase: A Comparison to Radio-Loud Red Quasars."

Summer 2016

Kate Brutlag Follette ('04) is featured in Middlebury Magazine for her discovery of an expolanet in the process of formation.

Prof. Michael Durst has received a grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health and the Vermont Genetics Network.


Frank Winkler receives NASA grant for collaborative research.

Spring 2016


Jing He '17 was named a Goldwater Scholar.


Prof. Eilat Glikman receives a NASA grant to study "Probing Accretion and Obscuration in Luminous Red Quasars."


Prof. Frank Winkler receives two NASA grants.

Fall 2015


Prof. Rich Wolfson explains the Paris Climate Agreement.


Prof. Michael Durst has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health and the Vermont Genetics Network for work on High-Speed 3D Multiphoton Fluorescence Imaging with Temporal Focusing Microscopy.


Prof. Eilat Glikman has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for work on New Insights from a Systematic Approach to Quasar Variability.

Summer 2015


Prof. Noah Graham has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for work on Casimir Forces From Scattering Theory.


Evan Williams ('08) applies his skills as a physics major to brewing at the Flying Lion.

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Physics students present their research at the 2015 Summer Research Symposium.


Prof. Eilat Glikman and Madeline Mailly ('14) use the Hubble Space Telescope to confirm that the origin of quasars is due to the merging of galaxies.

Spring 2015

Anne Goodsell Fall 2014

Prof. Anne Goodsell has been awarded the 2015 Gladstone Award Honoring Excellence in Teaching.


Prof. Noah Graham has been awarded the 2015 Perkins Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Fall 2014

Welcome to our new colleague: Dr. Michael Durst will be joining the physics department faculty during the summer of 2014.


My biomedical optics research involves looking deep within the body without making an incision. This is similar to ultrasound imaging, except I am interested in using light instead of sound. Light provides superior resolution, allowing you to see details on the cellular level. How can you see through the body? If you have ever looked at a flashlight pressed under your hand, you have witnessed light traveling through thick tissue. Biomedical imaging entails using lasers, nonlinear optics, and other clever tools to extract images from beneath the surface of biological tissue. With applications in cancer research, nanoparticle characterization, fiber optic endoscopes, and in vivo imaging, these efforts together will provide access to a wide array of unlabeled biological structures. By combining concepts in condensed matter physics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, optics, and biology, this area of research is ideal for undergraduate learning and an enrichment of their understanding of physics.

I currently serve as a visiting assistant professor of physics at Bates College. Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. I did my graduate research in nonlinear biomedical optics at the School of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University (Ph.D. in applied physics, 2009). My passion for optics began as an undergraduate at Georgetown University (B.S. in physics, 2003), and I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm with the students at Middlebury College.

Spring 2013

Welcome to our new colleague: Dr. Eilat Glikman will be joining the physics department faculty during the summer of 2013.

Eilat Glikman

Research and Background:

I study quasars and their role in the formation and evolution of galaxies. To do this I explore Active Galactic Nuclei demographics by data-mining large multi-wavelength sky surveys and conducting follow up observations. My focus is on dust-reddened quasars, an elusive population that represents a transitional phase in the evolution of active galaxies. I also study quasars at high redshifts to understand black hole growth in the early Universe.

I conducted my thesis work at Columbia University followed by postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology. After that, I was an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics.

May 2011

Senior Hannah Waite, a double major in physics and music, describes her senior thesis project, the laser harp:

Summer 2010

Welcome to our colleague: Dr. Anne Goodsell joined the physics department faculty during the summer of 2010.

Anne Goodsell

Research and Background:

The transfer of energy between light and matter (from photons to atoms) is not just fascinating and beautiful; it is useful. The resonant interaction between light and individual atoms in a gas can make those atoms heat up, cool down, or come to a nearly-complete stop in midair.  I have been studying laser-cooling of atoms for the past decade, first during my undergraduate work at Bryn Mawr College (A.B. in physics, English) and later during my graduate and post-doctoral research at Harvard (Ph.D. 2010). I will continue this research in my experimental work at Middlebury.  Our efforts in 2010-2011 are focused on assembling the equipment for a laser-cooling system: the lasers themselves, the source of atoms, and the vacuum chamber, optics, and electronics for these experiments.  We plan to measure cold atoms that are influenced by external electric fields and also to investigate the forces that affect atoms or ions near solid surfaces.

Department of Physics

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