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 2019 Courses:
- FYPG 1058: Great Debates in Physics
- Phys 221L: Lab for Modern Physics
- Phys 317: Instrumentation Lab
- Phys 489: SYE Advanced Laboratory
Spring 2020 Courses:
- Phys 120: Physics of Sound and Music
- Phys 318: Electronics Lab
- Phys 490: SYE Advanced Laboratory
Ph.D. - Physics
B.S. - Physics
- Dr. Jahncke's 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. Recently she has been collaborating with Dr. Adam Hill in the Chemistry Department where she uses Raman spectroscopy to characterize heterobimetallic materials made in Dr. Hill's group. These materials can be used as an alternative fuel source since they can perform artificial photosynthesis. They take energy from the sun and use it to break down carbon dioxide into products that can be converted into chemical fuels.
Sample Student Projects Supervised:
- High Resolution Polarization Imaging of Nacre in Iridescent Shells - Malakia Takane '18
- Characterizing the Magnetic and Temperature Dependence of Birefringence in the Liquid Crystal 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl (5CB) - Wenyao Zhang '17
- Analysis of Heterobimetallic Materials Through Raman Spectroscopy - Isabel Bogacz '17
- Ground-Penetrating Radar Applications in Northern New York - Austin Hart '16
- "Replicating the Quantum Eraser" - Sophie Foreman '15
- "Using Ultrasound to Determine the Speed of Sound at Different Ethanol Concentrations" - Joshua Martell '15
- "Free and Bound Chladni Plate Experiment" - Michael Avanzato '15
- "Using Video Capture to Enhance Learning in a High School Classroom" - Bryan Palermo '14