Catherine Jahncke

Hayward Professor of Physics, Associate Professor Physics Department

Ph.D. - Physics
North Carolina State University

B.S. - Physics
Auburn University

Catherine Jahncke

Catherine L Jahncke, Hayward Associate Professor of Physics at St. Lawrence University, received her Ph.D. from North Carolina State University and her B.S. from Auburn University.  Her research interests are in optics and optical properties of materials.  She uses techniques such as Raman spectroscopy, ellipsometery, and near-field scanning optical microscopy to characterize materials.  Her current research projects include the following:  the size effect on the properties of barium titanate, a piezoelectric and birefringent material with many applications including super capacitors; the polarization properties of nacre (a collaboration with Dr Galvez and Metzler at Colgate); and heterobimetallic compounds, materials with applications in artificial photosynthesis (a collaboration with Adam Hill in Chemistry at SLU).

Dr. Jahncke usually teaches the junior level lab courses: instrumentation lab and electronics.

Fall 2023 Courses:

  • Phys 103: College Physics with Lab
  • Phys 317: Instrumentation Lab
  • Phys 489/498: SYE Advanced Laboratory/Honors Research

Spring 2024 Courses:

  • Phys 104: College Physics with Lab
  • Phys 141: Introduction to Microcontrollers
  • Phys 318: Instrumentation Lab
  • Phys 490/499: SYE Advanced Laboratory/Honors Research

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