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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.