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Rogers, Charles

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  • Prof. Rogers does condensed matter physics experiments dealing with thin film materials, small electronic and optical devices fabricated with optical and electron-beam lithography, reduced dimensional systems, and the physics of fluctuations and noise in very small systems. Present areas of concentration include the study of strontium titanate as a nonlinear dielectric material for use in milli-Kelvin tunable dielectric components, gallium nitride nanowires, gallium nitride nanowire electromechanical resonator devices, and the properties of surface-localized and bulk 3-dimensional dipolar rotor systems. The work has strong overlap with materials physics and materials science and engineering. His group often collaborates with colleagues at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He has a history of working with industrial and government laboratory collaborators.

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  • condensed matter physics of thin films, nanomechanical systems, reduced-dimensional and nano-scale systems and devices

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  • PHYS 1230 - Light and Color for Nonscientists
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
    Discusses light, color, vision, and perception. Covers reflection, refraction, lenses, and applications to photography and other methods of light sensing. Other topics include lasers and holography. Course is geared toward nonscience majors. Department enforced prereq., high school algebra or equivalent. Should not be taken by students with a math MAPS deficiency.
  • PHYS 2170 - Foundations of Modern Physics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 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 2210 - Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Methods 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Theoretical Newtonian mechanics, including position and velocity dependent forces, oscillation, stability, non-inertial frames and gravitation from extended bodies. Ordinary differential equations, vector algebra, curvilinear coordinates, complex numbers, and Fourier series will be introduced in the context of the mechanics.
  • PHYS 3210 - Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Methods 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Lagrangian and Hamiltonian treatment of theoretical mechanics, including coupled oscillations, waves in continuous media, central force motion, rigid body motion and fluid dynamics. The calculus of variations, linear algebra, tensor algebra, vector calculus, and partial differential equations will be introduced in the context of the mechanics.
  • PHYS 3320 - Principles of Electricity and Magnetism 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Continuation of PHYS 3310. Electromagnetic induction; magnetic energy; microscopic theory of magnetic properties; Ac circuits; Maxwell's Equations; planewaves; waveguides and transmission lines; radiation from electric and magnetic dipoles and from an accelerated charge.
  • PHYS 4410 - Quantum Mechanics 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    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 4430 - Advanced Laboratory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    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 4700 - Quantum Forge I
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Provides junior- and senior-level engineering and physical science students an opportunity to gain professional and technical quantum science skills and experience through participation in real-world projects in collaboration with industry leaders and academic investigators. Alongside project activity, students will engage in skill- and concept-focused modules to ensure proficiency in the skills necessary to participate in the quantum workforce. This capstone experience is intended for students who do not intend to continue on to graduate study in physics or engineering, but rather to enter the workforce directly. Recommended prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 4410. Same as MCEN 4700.
  • PHYS 4710 - Quantum Forge II
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Continuation of PHYS 4700, Quantum Forge I. The Quantum Forge provides junior- and senior-level engineering and physical science students an opportunity to gain professional and technical quantum science skills and experience through participation in real-world projects in collaboration with industry leaders and academic investigators. In the second semester, students will expand upon the knowledge and skills gained through the first-semester to bring projects to a point of completion and readiness for deployment in the industry context. As with Quantum Forge I, this capstone experience is intended for students who do not intend to continue on to graduate study in physics or engineering, but rather to enter the workforce directly. Same as MCEN 4710.
  • PHYS 5430 - Advanced Laboratory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    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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