Any physics requests?

Aug 31 2008 Published by under Personal, Science news

Ugh.  I've been feeling a bit under the weather and unmotivated to blog for the past week.  I'm thinking I may have come down with some mild illness that's slowing me down (or maybe that illness is simply the start of the new academic semester).

Anyway, I'm struggling again to find some scientific topics to blog about.  If you've got any requests, feel free to drop them in the comments below.  Keep in mind, though, that I'm a theoretical physicist who specializes in classical optics: I'm not going to write a general relativity post any time soon!

9 responses so far

  • Yoo says:

    Mentioning both optics and general relativity has caused me an uncontrollable impulse to ask about gravitational lensing, about how they know something has been distorted by it without having the undistorted image ...

    But no general relativity, so I must control myself!

  • Yoo: That's an interesting question. I actually do have a topic I've been thinking about which is somewhat related to gravitational lensing, so maybe I'll get cracking on it...

  • Epicanis says:

    How about the Michelson-Morley experiment...sounds like that ought to fit into your specialty.

  • Redhead2001 says:

    Still waiting for you to figure out how to "beam me" across the country, so I don't have to use conventional methods like commercial jets. Do you have a time machine in the works?

  • IronMonkey says:

    The topic of slow light and/or superluminal propagation could be interesting. I see quite a lot of papers have been published in these domains but their fundamentals and applicability still escape me a bit.

  • Thanks for the suggestions, folks! I'll have to see what I can do...

    Redhead2001: Mom, you're going to have to suck it up and buy a plane ticket just like the rest of us!

  • Personal Demon says:

    How do we know the shape of the Milky Way galaxy, given that we are carrying out observations from within it? I'm guessing there's some very clever doppler-shift math involved in solving that one. Impress me.

  • stuwat says:

    How about confocal microscopy and optical coherence tomography?

  • stuwat: Actually, I had something in mind relating to optical coherence tomography; that sounds like a good topic to explore...

    PD: Hmm... I'll have to think about that one...