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.
Welcome to our new colleague: Dr. Eilat Glikman will be joining the physics department faculty during the summer of 2013.
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.
Senior Hannah Waite, a double major in physics and music, describes her senior thesis project, the laser harp:
Welcome to our colleague: Dr. Anne Goodsell joined the physics department faculty during the summer of 2010.
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.