Academics

Alan DeWeerd

Professor, Physics

Degrees: Ph.D. Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1996; M.S. Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1991; B.S. Physics, University of California - Irvine, 1990

Office: Physics , Appleton Hall #120

Office Hours: See webpage below

Phone: 909/748-8658 Campus Ext. 8658

E-mail: alan_deweerd@redlands.edu

Web: http://bulldog2.redlands.edu/facultyfolder/deweerd/index.html

Portrait

Areas of Expertise

  • Quantum Optics
  • Physics Education

Description of Research

My current research is in quantum optics experiments involving single photons and entangled pairs of photons. I have worked with students on a wide variety of projects, including light scattering from microscopic particles, optical tweezers, negative refraction, and the deflection of light by black holes. I have also published regularly in physics teaching journals.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Elementary Physics (PHYS 104)
  • Physics for Poets (PHYS 105)
  • Physics Comes to Light (PHYS 106)
  • Topics in Physics: Gastrophysics (PHYS 160)
  • Fundamentals of Physics I & II (PHYS 220 & 221)
  • General Physics I-III (PHYS 231-233)
  • Instructional Techniques (PHYS 291)
  • Electronics Applications (PHYS 310)
  • Classical Mechanics (PHYS 331)
  • Intermediate Electricity & Magnetism (PHYS 332)
  • Quantum Mechanics (PHYS 341)
  • Advanced Experimental Physics (PHYS 349)
  • Topics in Physics: Relativity (PHYS 360)
  • Physics Research (PHYS 378)
  • Junior Seminar (PHYS 391)
  • Advanced Electricity & Magnetism (PHYS 432)
  • Directed Study (PHYS 470)
  • Senior Seminar (PHYS 491)

Degrees Held

  • B.S. Physics, University of California - Irvine, 1990
  • M.S. Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1991
  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1996

Previous Teaching Experience

1996-1998: Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Creighton University, Omaha, NE.

Awards, Honors and Grants

2002: Faculty Research Grant and Hewlett Faculty Development Grant (for construction of an optical tweezers)

Publications, Presentations and Panels

“Another Look at the Wine Butler,” Phys. Teach. 45 (7), 438-439 (2007).

“Reflection with a Twist: the Helical Mirror,” with S. Eric Hill, Phys. Teach. 44 (8), 496-497 (2006).

“Comment on ‘Anamorphic images,’ by J.L. Hunt, B.G. Nickel, and Christian Gigault [Am. J. Phys. 68 (3), 232-237 (2000)],” with S. Eric Hill, Am. J. Phys. 74 (1), 83-84 (2006).

“Observing longitudinal inversion in a vehicle’s rear-view mirror,” Phys. Educ. 40 (6), 504-505 (2005).

“The Dizzying Depths of the Cylindrical Mirror,” with S. Eric Hill, Phys. Teach. 43 (2), 90-92 (2005).

“Optics over a cup of tea: images in concave and convex surfaces,” with S. Eric Hill, Phys. Educ. 40 (1), 13-14 (2005).

“Reflections on Handedness,” with S. Eric Hill, Phys. Teach. 42 (5), 275-279 (2004).

“The Image between the Lenses: Activities with a Telescope and a Microscope,” with A.J. Cox, Phys. Teach. 41 (3), 176-177 (2003).

“An Experiment to Measure Mie and Rayleigh Total Scattering Cross Sections,” with A.J. Cox and Jennifer Linden, Am. J. Phys. 70 (6), 620-625 (2002).

“Interaction-Free Measurement,” Am. J. Phys. 70 (3), 272-275 (2002).

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • American Physical Society
  • Council on Undergraduate Research

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