Giving to CREOL CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics

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


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.


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.

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