Light Is a Beautiful Tool of Precision

Light Is a Beautiful Tool of Precision
Date Thursday, April 5, 2018
11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
FeaturingDr. Chad Hoyt, Associate Professor of Physics and 2017-2018 Faculty Excellence Award for Scholarship winner
Location University Library Fireside Lounge - View maps and directions
Instructions for Guests 
SponsorsOffice of Academic Affairs and Friends of the BU Library

Event Description

In Bethel's atomic, molecular, and optical physics lab, students have built lasers ranging from those with a single frequency to lasers with ultra-short pulses that comprise an octave-spanning spectrum. Dr. Hoyt will describe student projects over the last decade, including atomic laser cooling and trapping, which results in a small cloud of atoms at a temperature as low as 550 microkelvin. These projects have taken place during summer research experiences, senior research, and in the context of Optics and Lasers courses. Our open-ended course laboratory approach, started and built by Dr. Richard Peterson, has recently been formally evaluated by a research group from the University of Colorado, Boulder.


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