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Schibli, Thomas R.



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  • Dr. Schibli’s research is focused on precision optical metrology and the discovery of novel tools, methods, and materials that aid the progress in this field. Part of the current research effort is devoted towards novel light sources for precision measurements and a better understanding and controlling of the quantum noise limits in lasers and laser-based measurements. His group is working on monolithic ultrafast lasers, ultra-low noise lasers, and coherent light sources. Recent achievements span from pulsed lasers with record-low timing jitter, timing measurements in the yoctosecond regime, ultralow noise photonic microwave generation and characterization and the development and characterization of novel, ultra-compact optical atomic clocks.


  • precision optical metrology, optical frequency combs, low-phase noise lasers, photonic microwave generation and characterization, optical and electronic properties of low-dimensional materials, ultrafast physics, ultrafast lasers, ultrafast materials, nonlinear optics, quantum optics, laser dynamics, frequency and time-resolved laser spectroscopy, atomic, molecular, and optical physics, AMO, high-resolution timing measurements, molecular clocks, compact optical clocks


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courses taught

  • PHYS 2130 - General Physics 3
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2022
    Covers special relativity, quantum theory, atomic physics, solid state and nuclear physics. Third semester of introductory sequence for science and engineering students. Physics majors should take PHYS 2170 instead of this course. Normally taken with PHYS 2150. Degree credit not granted for this course and PHYS 2170.
  • PHYS 2170 - Foundations of Modern Physics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Covers special relativity, quantum mechanics and atomic structure. Completes the three-semester sequence of general physics for physics and engineering physics majors. Normally taken with the laboratory PHYS 2150. Degree credit not granted for this course and PHYS 2130.
  • PHYS 4410 - Quantum Mechanics 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2024
    Extends quantum mechanics to include perturbation theory and its applications to atomic fine structure, multi-particle systems, interactions with external forces, the periodic table and dynamical processes including electromagnetic transition rates.
  • PHYS 5160 - Fundamentals of Optics and Lasers
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Covers the basic physic of lasers. Topics include basics of optical resonators and gaussian beam propagation, stimulated emission, laser threshold conditions, laser linewidth, q-switching and mode locking of lasers, tuning of Cw lasers, and specifics of various common lasers.


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