Mentor - Summer 2013

Records of Special Events

LTC summer calendar

Simons Summer Research Program Poster Symposium

Simons students tour the LTC

Laser Sam's Visit

Alumni updates

Advice and Informational Pages

Keeping a lab notebook and research journal

Marty's guide to cleaning lenses and mirrors

Friday afternoon lab clean-up

Relevant Physics and Astronomy Colloquia

An organized list of various colloquia held in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University from Spring 2005 - Spring 2013. This includes abstracts, videos of the presentations, and links to read more about each speaker.

Various links and resources

Scientific article databases, useful applications, popular optics equipment companies

Personal Research and Activities

Research Journal

Estimation problems

An introduction to spatial light modulators

I discuss general uses for spatial light modulators as well as take a more in depth look at how electrooptical liquid crystal SLMs work. There are also descriptions of two example models: an optically-addressed parallel-aligned nematic LCOS and an electrically-addressed twisted nematic LCD.

Diffraction through a square aperture

Rachel and I completed a mini project in which we studied the diffraction pattern through a square aperture, figured out the distance to the Fraunhofer zone, and compared a calculation of the location of the first maximum in the pattern to our experimental observations.

CCD vs. CMOS cameras