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 most recent interest is in barium titanate which is a piezoelectric and birefringent material with many applications including super capacitors.
Dr. Jahncke usually teaches the junior level lab courses: instrumentation lab and electronics. More information can be found on her personal website.
On Sabbatical, May 2015 - July 2016
Fall 2014 Courses:
- Phys 103: College Physics (Course page - Lab instructions)
- Phys 221: Lab for Modern Physics (Lab page)
- Phys 317: Instrumentation Lab (Syllabus)
- Phys 489: SYE Advanced Laboratory
Spring 2015 Courses:
Sample Student Projects Supervised:
- "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
- "The Effect of Non-Zero Absorption on Discrete Angle Radiative Transfer (DART) in Uniform and Multifractal Clouds" - Mykael Goodsell-SooTho '14
- "The Pockels Effect in Lithium Niobate" - Andrew Freeman '14
- "Using Video Capture to Enhance Learning in a High School Classroom" - Bryan Palermo '14