ESP Biography


Major: Applied Physics

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: G

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Past Classes

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P2011: Bose Einstein Condensate- What it is, and how to get one in Splash! Spring 2012 (Apr. 21 - 22, 2012)
The BEC is a quantum phase of matter that was predicted to exist in the mid 1920's, and observed experimentally 70 years later. In this class we will begin by learning how the indistinguishability of atoms leads to the prediction of the BEC, and how these ideas were first put forth by Bose and Einstein. Following this mathematical introduction, we will discuss the modern experimental techniques used to create BECs in atomic gases and the properties possessed by these coherent 'superatoms.'

P1603: Physics of MRI in Splash! Fall 2011 (Oct. 29 - 30, 2011)
The advent of quantum mechanics made it possible to formally treat the internal degrees of freedom of atoms and molecules. While it was well known from chemistry that such objects had discrete spectral lines, there was no mathematical formalism to address the interaction of matter with light, one of the most ubiquitous physical phenomena. In this class we consider a workhorse example of quantum physics: the two level system. We explore the mathematics that describe NMR and MRI, and how that formalism can describe a host of other observed phenomena.

P1348: Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics in Splash! Spring 2011 (Apr. 16 - 17, 2011)
Much is made of the mysterious world of quantum mechanics, with its deranged philosophical notions of causality, half-alive cats, and dualities. Quantum mechanics is arguably the most important subject in physics, and is quickly becoming relevant in technology and engineering. In this course we will learn the fundamental differences between the quantum world and the classical world of our senses, and why this distinction exists at all. We will cover some of the history and existential difficulties of the subject with a clear focus on experiments and observations of quantum phenomena.