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Distinguished Seminar Series: "The Periodic Table and the Amazing Cadmium Atom" by William T. Silfvast

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
CREOL Room 103


William T. Silfvast
Emeritus Professor of Optics and The Townes Laser Institute
College of Optics and Photonics

Abstract:

The Periodic Table evolved from the selection rules of quantum mechanics. Some interesting features of this table will be described including those associated with the outer d electron. That electron leads to some vary interesting features in the Cadmium atom including excitation mechanisms and mode locking.

Biography:

William T. Silfvast received both a B.S. degree in Physics and a B.S. degree in Mathematics (1961) and a Ph.D. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics (1965) from the University of Utah. From 1967 to 1989 he worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories, becoming a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in 1983.  In 1990 he joined the faculty of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where he was a Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering as well as a member of the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL).  In 1999 he also became a Professor of Optics at the College of Optics. He was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at Oxford University in 1966-67 and a Guggenheim Fellow at Stanford University in 1982-83.  He was Chair of the Department of Physics at the University of Central Florida from 1994 to 1997. Professor Silfvast is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the IEEE.  He has carried out pioneering work in the fields of metal vapor lasers, recombination lasers, photo-ionization-pumped lasers, laser plasmas, and EUV lithography.

For additional information:

Eric Van Stryland
ewvs@creol.ucf.edu

 

 

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