Stony Brook University

Department of Physics & Astronomy

The Laser Teaching Center


 Mentors

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Harold Metcalf

Distinguished Teaching Professor

Prof. Harold Metcalf founded the Laser Teaching Center in 1998. He has done pioneering research in laser cooling and trapping, and has led the department's AMO (atomic, molecular and optical) physics group for many years.

John Noé

Executive Director, LTC

Dr. John Noé has directed the Laser Teaching Center since its inception. He joined the Department of Physics & Astronomy in 1974 as a postdoctoral associate in the Nuclear Structure Laboratory, and was associated with the NSL for over 20 years.

Marty Cohen

Visiting Scientist, Physics & Astronomy

Dr. Marty Cohen is a retired optical physicist with many years of experience at Bell Laboratories, Quantronix (a laser company) and elsewhere. He has been an active member of both the LTC and various optics research groups in the department since 2005.

Sam Goldwasser

"Laser Guru"

Dr. Sam Goldwasser is best known for Sam's Laser FAQ, a treasure-trove of practical laser information. He is a regular summer visitor and also mentors our students by email.

Dave Battin

Laser hobbyist and holographer

David Battin is an experienced local laser hobbyist and holographer, whose holograms have been displayed at the Northport Library and elsewhere. He has been an LTC mentor since summer 2011.

Melia Bonomo

Dickinson College

Melia returns to the LTC this summer as a mentor, after graduating from Dickinson College.



 2014 Students

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Natalie Mezzadonna

Stony Brook University

Natalie is a freshman physics major. She is developing an LTC project to complement her exposure to research through the WSE187 course in the WISE program.

Kegan Orlowski

Stony Brook University

Kegan ....

Rachel Sampson

Stony Brook University

Rachel is the third of three first-year women physics majors in our Spring 2013 Introduction to Research class.

Samantha Scibelli

Stony Brook University

Samantha will join our summer 2013 group for five weeks as our first-ever "pre-undergrad" student. Come September she will enter Stony Brook as a physics and astronomy major in the WISE program. While this is her first experience with optics she has had several years of astronomy research already, for which she was named an Intel Finalist.

Elizabeth Sutton

Stony Brook University

Libby is a freshman physics major. She is developing an LTC project to complement her exposure to research through the WSE187 course in the WISE program.

 2013 Students

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Kathy Camenzind

California High School, San Ramon

Kathy was one of three Simons/LTC Fellows in our 2013 summer group.

James Dragan

Stony Brook University

James is one of several Stony Brook physics students who completed Prof. Metcalf's Waves and Optics course in spring 2012 and have joined his group for the summer.

Stefan Evans

Stony Brook University

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Carolyn Kiriakos

Stony Brook University

Carolyn is a first-year physics major in the WISE program. She is one of two such students in our Spring 2013 Introduction to Research class, WSE187.

Casey McKenna

Stony Brook University


William Meehan

East Islip High School

William Meehan is one of three Simons/LTC Fellows for summer 2013. He is from the same high school as Angela Pizzutto, and shares a similar interest in music.

Phuong Nguyen

Stony Brook University


Angela Pizzuto

Stony Brook University

Carolyn was a freshman physics major in the WISE program. She was one of two such students in our Spring 2013 Introduction to Research class, WSE187.

Alexander Sage

Stony Brook University

Alex is one of several Stony Brook physics students who completed Prof. Metcalf's Waves and Optics course in spring 2012 and have joined his group for the summer.

Rachel Sampson

Stony Brook University

Rachel is the third of three first-year women physics majors in our Spring 2013 Introduction to Research class.

Nicholas Sardelli

Stony Brook University


Samantha Scibelli

Stony Brook University

Samantha will join our summer 2013 group for five weeks as our first-ever "pre-undergrad" student. Come September she will enter Stony Brook as a physics and astronomy major in the WISE program. While this is her first experience with optics she has had several years of astronomy research already, for which she was named an Intel Finalist.

Kevin Zheng

Wayazata High School

Keven Zheng from Plymouth, Minnesota is one of three Simons/LTC High School Summer Research Fellows for summer 2013.

 2012 Students

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Melia Bonomo

Dickinson College

Melia was one of our three summer 2012 REU students. She came to us after a year of study in England and Italy. She hopes to return to Italy as a Fulbright Scholar and to later pursue a career in physics teaching.

Zee Chen

Stony Brook University

Zee is a Stony Brook senior in the atmospheric sciences program. She is joining us this fall to explore optics topics related to her field.

James Dragan

Stony Brook University

James is one of several Stony Brook physics students who completed Prof. Metcalf's Waves and Optics course in spring 2012 and have joined his group for the summer.

Muse Numsin

Stony Brook University

Muse Numsin is a third-year computer science major in the WISE program. She joined the LTC in June 2012 as a lab assistant.

Jonathan Preston

City College of New York

Jonathan is the second of our summer 2012 REU students. He is a second-BS physics student at CCNY.

Ariana Ray

Hasting High School

Simons Fellow Ariana Ray is our one high school student this summer.

Marissa Romano

Stony Brook University

Marissa is a second-year Stony Brook physics major in the WISE program. She came to the LTC in January 2012 through the WSE187 (Introduction to Research) course and is now one of our 2012 REU students.

Alexander Sage

Stony Brook University

Alexander is one of several Stony Brook physics students who completed Prof. Metcalf's Waves and Optics course in spring 2012 and have joined his group for the summer.

Siqi Wang

Stony Brook University

Siqi is an international exchange student from Nanjing University, China, here for the Fall 2012 semester.

Yueyang Zou

Stony Brook University

Yueyang (Anna) Zou is an international exchange student from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, at Stony Brook for the Fall 2012 semester. She hopes to continue and extend Melia's summer project on Bessel beams as part of the Optics Rotation course, PHY582.

 2011 Students

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Yoonji Choe

Wellesley College

Yoonji was one of our NSF-REU Fellows for summer 2011. She lives on Long Island and attended Great Neck South High School. Her LTC project involved creating a nitrogen-pumped dye laser.

Stefan Evans

Stony Brook University

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Benjamin Hart

Stony Brook University

Benjamin is a first-year physics major in the Honors College. He hails from New Hampshire and is currently (Fall 2011) being introduced to optics research through the PHY287 course.

Bolun Liu

Mission High School, Fremont, California

Bolun is the first of our two Simons Fellows for Summer 2011. His project on evanescent waves in FTIR and ATR recently earned semi-finalist recognition in the Siemens Competition.

David Meltzer

Stony Brook University

David is a Stony Brook junio ...

Daugile Gabriele (Gaby) Savaneviciute

Riverhead High School

Gaby is our second 2011 Simons Fellow. She built on her interest in laser cooling by studying ways to shift the frequency of light by the Doppler effect.

Sharmishtha Saxena

Stony Brook University

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Carrie Segal

Stony Brook University

Carrie ....

Robert Sokolowski

Stony Brook University

Robert, a junior-level physics major, has been involved with the LTC since Fall 2011.

Lauren Taylor

Juniata College

Lauren's interest in optics comes ....

Justin Zeth

RPI

Justin is a Long Island native who has just completed his first year at RPI.


 2010 Students

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Jacob Chamoun

Cornell University

Jacob is working primarily with Prof. Metcalf, but his home base is the LTC. He is currently investigating the transmission of polarized light in single-mode optical fibers. [currently at Stanford].

Ben Coe

Oneonta High School

Ben was one of our 2010 Simons Fellows. His project simulated a liquid mirror telescope. He is currently a freshman physics major and member of the Honors College at Stony Brook.

Stefan Evans

Stony Brook University

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Vincent Gregoric

Mount Union College

Vince has a keen interest in lasers and laser modes, and will be doing a project in this area.

Ewuin Guatemala

Stony Brook University

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Heather Hill

Duke University

Heather ... She is currently a first-year graduate student of physics at Columbia University.

Pradyoth Kukkapalli

Wilmington Charter School

Pradyoth ... is now studying computer science at Cornell University.

Hannarae Annie Nam

Choate Rosemary Hall

Annie ... is currently a freshman physics major at MIT.

Sebastien Parmentier

Stony Brook University

Sebastien got his start in research through the LTC, but has since been working independently on a exciting topic in astronomical instrumention (the non-redundant aperture mask or NRM) with Anand Sivaramakrishnan.

Katya Sergan

Univ. California at Davis

Katya was our ...

This page was last revised 21 February 2013. Visit our Student Projects page to learn about participants prior to 2010.