George MarcusAssociate Professor of Physics
George Marcus has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2006.
Office Hours (Spring 2018)
- MTW 2:30 - 3:30
- R 10:30-11:30
... and by appointment
Ph.D., Physics; Stanford University
A.B., Physics Magna Cum Laude with highest honors; Harvard University
More About Me
My current areas of research include optical properties of aerosol particles, tabletop quantum mechanics using correlated photons, Passively coupled in-vivo force sensors and nitrogen vacancy magnetometry.
PHYS 106: Nature of Light & Color
The evolution of our understanding of the nature of light will be presented, from Newton’s corpuscles to Maxwell’s electromagnetic waves to the modern view of wave-particle duality. Along the way, many optical phenomena will be investigated in lecture demonstrations and in the laboratory, including lenses, prisms, rainbows, photography, interference, diffraction, the photoelectric effect, and atomic spectra. Simple algebra, trigonometry and geometry will be employed. Cannot be counted toward the physics major. (Not open to students with prior credit for physics courses numbered PHYS 113 or higher without department approval.) Corequisite: PHYS 107. Offered every spring
PHYS 107: N/Nature of Light & Color Lab
An introductory laboratory experience to help students understand light and color. Many optical phenomena will be investigated in laboratory activities including lenses, vision and perception, interference, diffraction, the photoelectric effect, and atomic spectra. Cannot be counted toward the physics major. (Not open to students with prior credit for physics courses numbered PHYS 113 or higher without department approval.) Corequisite: PHYS 106. Offered every spring.
PHYS 362: Intermediate Laboratory
Devoted to the understanding of some of the classic experiments in physics. Experiments are from all fields of physics, but particular attention is given to experiments which complement courses being taken concurrently. Prerequisites: PHYS 226.