Bard College at Simon's Rock

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Join Simon's Rock for a lecture entitled "Adventures in Optical Spectroscopy" by Dr. Arthur McClelland '97, Principal Scientist, Center for Nanoscale Systems, Harvard University.
Dr. Arthur McClelland will talk about the adventures in optical spectroscopy he has had so far in his career. He jokingly refers to his job as “zapping things with lasers and taking pictures of rainbows” which is only a small deviation from the truth. In a talk for a general audience, Arthur will touch on the basics of Raman spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, micro-computed tomography, second harmonic generation microscopy, time-resolved spectroscopy, and more. Interlaced with the science explanations will be stories about some of the more interesting samples he has run across including historic photographs, artificial trachea, diamonds, Neanderthal coprolites, red oak leaves, medieval middle eastern manuscripts, squid pens, lunar dust, Mayan dental inlays, transition metal dichalcogenides, Han dynasty mirrors, and more. 
Event Date
Friday, January 31, 2020
Event time
4:30 PM
Cost / donation


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