Issue: Fall 2001
|Francis E. Low: Coming of Age as a Physicist in Postwar America|
|24|| MIT Institute Professor Emeritus Francis Low came of age as a physicist in a world transformed by World War II. Often dubbed "the physicists' war," the global conflict shoved American physicists onto center stage.
BY DAVID KAISER
|Molding the Flow of Light|
|32|| Controlling and manipulating light with photonic crystals leads to novel applications in the fields of optoelectronics and telecommunications.
BY JOHN D. JOANNOPOULOS
|The Magic of Matter Waves|
|44||The phenomenon of Bose-Einstein condensation reveals the dramatic wavelike properties of atoms.
BY WOLFGANG KETTERLE
|Free the Quarks|
|50||A glance at the equations of QCD suggests that they describe beams of quarks, new color forces with macroscopic range, and gluon lasers. This first impression could not be more wrong.
BY KRISHNA RAJAGOPAL
|Studio Physics at MIT|
|58||The Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) project: a new approach to teaching freshman mechanics and electricity.
BY JOHN W. BELCHER