Physics@MIT Journal

Issue: Fall 2001

Message from the Department Head 4

New Faculty 6

Faculty Notes12

In Remembrance15

Special Events in Physics 20

Student Honors & Awards 65

Alumni/ae Notes 78

Donors 93

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