Alan DeWeerd


Alan DeWeerd


B.S. Physics, University of California - Irvine

M.S. Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Ph.D. Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison


Appleton Hall 120
P: 909.748.8658

Schedule - Spring 2023

  • PHYS 221: MWF 9:25 - 10:40 am
  • PHYS 221L: Th 1:15 - 3:55 pm
  • PHYS 331: MWF 2:40 - 3:55 pm
  • Office Hours: Tu 11 am - noon, W 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Th 11 am - noon

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, and negative refraction.  I have also published frequently in physics education journals.

Courses Taught at Redlands

  • Elementary Physics (PHYS 104) - no longer offered

  • Physics for Poets (PHYS 105) - no longer offered

  • Physics Comes to Light (PHYS 106)

  • Topics in Physics: Gastrophysics (PHYS 160)

  • Fundamentals of Physics I and II (PHYS 220 and 221)

  • General Physics I-III (PHYS 231-233)

  • Instructional Techniques (PHYS 291)

  • Electronics Applications (PHYS 310)

  • Classical Mechanics (PHYS 331)

  • Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 332)

  • Quantum Mechanics (PHYS 341)

  • Thermal Physics (PHYS 344)

  • Advanced Experimental Physics (PHYS 349)

  • Topics in Physics: Relativity (PHYS 360)

  • Topics in Physics: Microcontroller Projects (PHYS 360)

  • Physics Research (PHYS 378)

  • Junior Seminar (PHYS 391)

  • Senior Seminar (PHYS 491)

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)

1991-1994: Department of Education Graduate Assistantship in Areas of National Need

1990-1991: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Graduate Fellowship

1990: Outstanding Senior in Physics

1989: Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society

1988: Phi Beta Kappa


"Conservation of Angular Momentum with a 3D-Printed Launcher," with S. Eric Hill, submitted for publication.

"Conservation of Angular Momentum with Slightly Modified Commercial Apparatuses," with S. Eric Hill, to appear in Phys. Teach.

"Inexpensive Single and Double Slits Using a Fine-Toothed Comb," Phys. Teach. 60 (5), 380-381 (2022).

"CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray Disc Diffraction with a Laser Ray Box," Phys. Teach. 54 (5), 300-301 (2016).

"An Investigative Interdisciplinary Case Study on the Eye," with C.C. Barney, C. Mader, K. Winnett-Murray, and L. Hertel, in Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, Vol. 30, edited by K.L. Clase (2009), pp. 195-223.

"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).

"Recent Developments on the STAR Detector System at RHIC," with H. Wieman et al. (STAR Collaboration), Nuc. Phys. A 638 (2), 559-564 (1998).

"Relations between Fusion Cross Sections and Average Angular Momenta," with A.B. Balantekin and S. Kuyucak, Phys. Rev. C 54 (4), 1853-1862 (1996).

"Subbarrier Fusion in the Interacting Boson Model," with A.B. Balantekin, J.R. Bennett, and S. Kuyucak, Phys. Rev. C 46 (5), 2019-2027 (1992).

"Measurement of Charge Asymmetry in Hadronic Z Decays," with D. Decamp et al. (ALEPH Collaboration), Phys. Lett. B 259, 377-388 (1991).

"Measurement of the Strong Coupling Constant αs from Global Event-Shape Variables of Hadronic Z Decays," with D. Decamp et al. (ALEPH Collaboration), Phys. Lett. B 255, 623-633 (1991).

"Search for Excited Neutrinos in Z Decay," with D. Decamp et al. (ALEPH Collaboration), Phys. Lett. B 250, 172-178 (1990).

"Measurement of the Electroweak Parameters from the Z Decay into Fermion Pairs," with D. Decamp et al. (ALEPH Collaboration), Z. Phys. C 48, 365-392 (1990).

"Searches for the Standard Higgs Boson," with D. Decamp et al. (ALEPH Collaboration), Phys. Lett. B 246, 306-314 (1990).

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Physics Teachers

  • American Physical Society

  • Council on Undergraduate Research


 A map of all of my runs since the start of 2019 can be viewed at City Strides. I ran every public street of Redlands during 2020, except Hwy 38 and a short, dangerous section of Fern Ave. I had run those before. The few streets listed as incomplete are either private or don't exist.