Faculty Profile

Lars English

Associate Professor of Physics (2003)

Contact Information

englishl@dickinson.edu

Tome Scientific Building Room 219
717.254.8925
http://www.larsenglish.com

Bio

Professor English's research interests focus on the dynamics of nonlinear lattices and networks. Physical systems under investigation range from the microscopic (magnetic crystals / spin lattices) to the macroscopic (coupled pendulum arrays). Driven electrical lattices - comprised of inductors and diodes - have been a recent experimental focus; here we study the spontaneous emergence of highly localized voltage-patterns. A recent numerical project modeled learning in a neural network.

Education

  • B.S., Denison University, 1996
  • M.S., Cornell University, 1999
  • Ph.D., 2003

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

PHYS 141 Physics for the Life Sciences
Introductory, non-calculus physics, principally for life science and pre-med students. Topics include mechanics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab per week. Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 131 and 141.

PHYS 141 Physics for the Life Sciences
Introductory, non-calculus physics, principally for life science and pre-med students. Topics include mechanics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab per week. Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 131 and 141.

Spring 2018

PHYS 212 Intro Relativistic/Quant Phys
A project-based course focusing on special relativity and quantum physics. Projects, such as the detection and measurement of ionizing radiation, relativistic mass increase, or the investigation of delayed choice experiments, are used to understand the concepts of the atom, nuclear structure, relativity, and quantum mechanics. Prerequisite: 132 or 142, and Math 171 or permission of instructor. NOTE: Completion of both 211 and 212 fulfills the WID graduation requirement.

PHYS 361 Topics in Modern Physics
Topics to be selected from areas such as atomic, nuclear, or solid state physics; or modern optics, fluid dynamics, plasma or computational physics. Prerequisite: 211 and 212. One-half or one course credit.