Illuminating Our World — NJIT Campus to Host American Physical Society Meeting

Written by: Dean Maskevich,

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Physical Society (APS) will be held November 3-5 on the NJIT campus.

The theme of the meeting is “Illuminating Our World” in commemoration of the publication, a century ago, of Albert Einstein’s paper “On the Quantum Theory of Radiation.” Published at a time when many nations were beset by the tragedy of World War I, this theoretical paper on stimulated light emission foreshadowed the demonstration of the first working laser in 1960 and the first continuous output ruby laser two years later. Over the years following Einstein’s seminal paper, the evolution of this scientific and technological breakthrough was advanced by many people. Among them were Charles Townes at Columbia University, and Alexander Prokhorov and Nikolai Basov at the Lebedev Laboratories in Moscow, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for their fundamental work in quantum electronics.

For the past century, researchers on the frontiers of physics have been illuminating our world despite times of troubling darkness. This illumination has been literal as in the case of the laser, and metaphorical with respect to new knowledge in numerous other areas ranging from the quantum level, to the cellular level, to the greatest distances that we can see into the universe.

The meeting in November at NJIT will clearly reflect this diversity of critical inquiry, with presentations on topics such as quantum materials and magnetism; nanostructures and thin films; solid state materials; superconductivity; astrophysics; energy; fluids; atomic, biological, chemical, gravitational, plasma and polymer physics; and optical science, imaging and remote sensing. 

“NJIT is greatly honored to host this American Physical Society meeting, which brings together researchers whose work is at the forefront of illuminating our world and the students who will expand the frontiers of physics still further in the decades ahead. Our meeting will continue the sequence of APS Mid-Atlantic Section meetings held previously at Penn State University in 2014, West Virginia University in 2015, and the University of Delaware in 2016,” says Professor Andrei Sirenko, chair of the NJIT Physics Department.

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