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Clark, Noel A Professor

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  • Dr. Clark works in many areas of soft condensed matter/complex fluid physics, mostly liquid crystals and colloids.

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  • study of condensed matter by optical techniques; inelastic light scattering spectroscopy; structure, optical properties and applications of liquid crystals; ferroelectric liquid crystals; electro-optics; membrane biophysics; structure and dynamics of colloidal suspensions; nanometer scale fabrication; liquid structure and melting; origin of life

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  • PHYS 2150 - Experimental Physics 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    One lect., one 2-hour lab per week. Includes many experiments of modern physics, including atomic physics, solid state physics, electron diffraction, radioactivity and quantum effects. Normally taken concurrently with PHYS 2130 or PHYS 2170, this course may be taken after PHYS 2130 or PHYS 2170.
  • PHYS 3330 - Electronics for the Physical Sciences
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Introduces laboratory electronics for physical science students. Includes basic electronic instruments, dc bridge circuits, operational amplifiers, bipolar transistors, field-effect transistors, photodiodes, noise in electronic circuits, digital logic and microcontrollers. Students gain hands-on experience in designing, building and debugging circuits. Two lectures and one three hour laboratory per week. Concludes with a three-week project in which students design and build an experiment of their choice and present a seminar on the results.
  • PHYS 4430 - Advanced Laboratory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Two lectures, one lab per week. Experiments introduce students to realities of the experimental physics so they gain a better understanding of theory and an appreciation of the vast amount of experimental work done in the physical sciences today. Same as PHYS 5430.
  • PHYS 5430 - Advanced Laboratory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Two lectures, one lab per week. Experiments introduce students to realities of the experimental physics so they gain a better understanding of theory and an appreciation of the vast amount of experimental work done in the physical sciences today. Department enforced prerequisites: PHYS 3330 and PHYS 3220 and PHYS 3320. Department enforced corequisites: PHYS 4410. Same as PHYS 4430.

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