ESP Biography


Major: 8

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2017

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Past Classes

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S10659: Nanophotonics in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Light behaves in peculiar ways when it propagates through structures on the same scale as the wavelength. This is the world of solid state electro-magnetism. Learn about photonic crystals, meta-materials, invisibility cloaks and topological photonics. E and M research is still going strong 150 years later!

P10496: Ultracold Atomic Physics in Spark 2016 (Mar. 12 - 13, 2016)
Learn about the frontier of quantum mechanics research. We cool atoms very close to absolute zero to reveal their quantum nature. I will discuss some of the most puzzling experiments done with Ultracold atom systems.

S9619: Quantum Optics in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Bored of learning about lenses and mirrors in your high school physics class? We will explore the full quantum theory of light. Come learn about the amazing properties of light. We will cover lasers and coherent states. Learn about how a very special quantum state (squeeze vacuum) is used to detect gravitational waves. Learn how to turn invisible infrared light into green light! What happens to single photons coupled to a cavity with an atom? How can photons be used as qbits (for quantum computation)? Finally we will learn how to make a Bose Einstein condensate out of photon!

S9620: Quantum Statistical Mechanics in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
How do large systems of quantum particles behave? What happens when a gas is cooled to very low temperatures? Why don't all the electrons in an atom fall to the 1s orbital? Why does light not (naturally) form Bose Einstein condensates? Quantum stat mech is very weird. Come learn about the underlying connections between the quantum scale world and our world.

P9257: General Relativity: A Journey Through Spacetime in Spark 2015 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2015)
This is not Newton's old notion of gravity! Here you find phenomena stranger than most science fiction tales-and its all real. Learn about how light can orbit black holes, how particles can be accelerated to energies billions of times greater than in the LHC and how the entire universe grew up from an infinitesimally small point! We will take a journey through spacetime and experience some of the most exotic and mind boggling parts of our universe. Brace yourself.

S8531: Ultracold Atoms: The physics and optics in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
So you have succeeded in making the coldest matter in the universe, now what? You do what any child would do with a new toy: shake it, spin it, drop it, hit it, mix it with other things, etc. Come learn about what happens when you play with a new state of matter, never before seen. We will discuss the essential experiments that have been performed on systems of cold atoms since the realization of BEC in 1995.

S8343: Preview of Physics in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
Are you confused by gyroscopes? Awestruck by lightning? Mesmerized by lasers? Come learn about the fundamentals of the universe. We will discuss examples from everyday life and cutting edge research as well as perform many awesome demonstrations!

M8345: Linear Algebra in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
Learn to use matrices and vectors like a true mathematician! We will solve higher dimensional problems and learn about the applications of linear algebra in other areas of math. Our goal is to help you see the power and utility of a generalized approach to solving linear equations. (Note: this is not your sixth grade algebra class. Abstract thinking will be required for this difficult material)

S7363: Mathematical Modeling in Physics in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
This will be a very fast and intense introduction to the methods of modeling physical problems using ordinary and partial differential equations. Topics covered will include heat flow, wave propagation (in one and two dimensions), equilibrium equations and the Schrodinger equation (time permitting, so be on time!)