# ESP Biography

## RISHI PATEL, MIT senior studying Physics and EE

Major: 8 and 6

College/Employer: MIT

## Brief Biographical Sketch:

I grew up in Cambridge, MA and I'm currently a senior interested in physics and electrical engineering. My research is on quantum optics using Nitrogen-Vacancy centers in diamond. In my free time I like playing the piano.

## Past Classes

(Clicking a class title will bring you to the course's section of the corresponding course catalog)

S8365: Introduction to Optics! in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
Have you ever wondered about the wave-particle duality of light? Do you want to learn how lenses work? This class offers a whirlwind tour of basic principles of optics. The first half of the course will focus on geometrical optics to study how optical devices work, like pinhole cameras, magnifying lenses, mirrors, telescopes and more. Students will learn and derive the laws of reflection and refraction. In the second half we will take a look at the wave-nature of light, and try to understand the phenomena of polarization and interference. We will discuss the principles behind holograms, which enable 3D imaging . If time permits, we will discuss the basics of quantum optics. The class will be supplemented by optical demonstrations that the student can repeat at home.

E7419: Complex Numbers and Applications in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
Ever seen this formula, and wonder why it's useful? $$e^{i\theta} = cos\theta + i sin\theta$$ Come and learn about the incredible role of complex numbers in applied mathematics. The class will teach about the basic properties of complex numbers assuming almost zero prior knowledge about them. It will cover basic applications in science and engineering.

S7260: Introduction to Optics! in HSSP Summer 2013 (Jul. 07, 2013)
Have you ever wondered about the wave-particle duality of light? Do you want to learn how lenses work? This class will focus on introducing basic principles of optics. The first half of the course will focus on geometrical optics to study how optical devices work, like pinhole cameras, magnifying lenses, mirrors, telescopes and more. Students will learn and derive the laws of reflection and refraction. In the second half we will take a look at the wave-nature of light, and try to understand the phenomena of polarization and interference. We will discuss the principles behind holograms, which enable 3D imaging . If time permits, we will discuss the basics of quantum optics. The class will be supplemented by optical demonstrations that the student can repeat at home.

S6393: Build Your Own Cosmic Ray Detector! in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
In 1956, C.L. Stong wrote in a Scientific American column: "If you fasten a disk of alcohol-soaked blotting paper in the bottom of a jar, screw on the lid and up-end the jar on a cake of dry ice, you will occasionally see the concluding phase of an event which may have had its origin millions of years ago in an exploding star." In this class, students will learn how to build their own cloud chambers to detect cosmic radiation, while learning a bit about the physics behind them.