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Teaching the Science Behind the 2018 Nobel Prizes in Physics: Articles from the American Journal of Physics

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Pulse Generation Articles

Resource Letter NO-1: Nonlinear Optics
Elsa Garmire
American Journal of Physics 79, Issue 3, 245 (2011); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3534835

A graphical description of optical parametric generation of squeezed states of light
Jöran Bauchrowitz, Tobias Westphal, and Roman Schnabel
American Journal of Physics 81, 767 (2013); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4819195

A low-cost mirror mount control system for optics setups
Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan, and Markus Gühr
American Journal of Physics 83, 186 (2015); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4895343

A low-cost spatial light modulator for use in undergraduate and graduate optics labsv     Derek Huang, Henry Timmers, Adam Roberts, Niranjan Shivaram, and Arvinder S. Sandhu
American Journal of Physics 80, 211 (2012); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3666834

Absorption of a pulse by an optically dense medium: An argument for field quantization
P. R. Berman, and J.-L. Le Gouët
American Journal of Physics 79, 527 (2011); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3549235

Collimated blue light generation in rubidium vapor
Marcus B. Kienlen, Noah T. Holte, Hunter A. Dassonville, Andrew M. C. Dawes, Kurt D. Iversen, Ryan M. McLaughlin, and Shannon K. Mayer
American Journal of Physics 81, 442 (2013); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4795311

Development of a variable spectral-width, wavelength-tunable light source using a superluminescent diode with optical feedback
Fang-Wen Sheu, and Pei-Ling Luo
American Journal of Physics 76, 769 (2008); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2907774

Diffraction effects in mechanically chopped laser pulses
Samridhi Gambhir, and Mandip Singh
American Journal of Physics 86, 406 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5029821

Experimental method to characterize the retardance function of optical variable retarders
Juan M. López-Téllez, Neil C. Bruce, Jesús Delgado-Aguillón, Jesús Garduño-Mejía, and Maximino Avendaño-Alejo
American Journal of Physics 83, 143 (2015); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4896078

Generation of Bessel beams using a 4-f spatial filtering system
Jeremy M. D. Kowalczyk, Stefanie N. Smith, and Eric B. Szarmes
American Journal of Physics 77, 229 (2009); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3033743

Implementing digital holograms to create and measure complex-plane optical fields
Angela Dudley, Nombuso Majola, Naven Chetty, and Andrew Forbes
American Journal of Physics 84, 106 (2016); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4935354

Making optical vortices with computer-generated holograms
Alicia V. Carpentier, Humberto Michinel, José R. Salgueiro, and David Olivieri
American Journal of Physics 76, 916 (2008); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2955792

Modern optical signal processing experiments demonstrating intensity and pulse-width modulation using an acousto-optic modulator
Ting-Chung Poon, Mark D. McNeill, and Daniel J. Moore
American Journal of Physics 65, 917 (1997); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.18683

Multiple-prism arrays in laser optics
F. J. Duarte
American Journal of Physics 68, 162 (2000); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.19384

On the connection between image formation formulas in geometrical optics and beam transformation formulas in wave optics
Jean-François Bisson
American Journal of Physics 81, 844 (2013); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4819168

On the fundamentals of optical scanning holography
Ting-Chung Poon
American Journal of Physics 76, 738 (2008); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2904472

Optical Doppler shift measurement using a rotating mirror
Luis Bernal, and Luis Bilbao
American Journal of Physics 75, 216 (2007); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2404958

Optical super- resolution with aperture-function engineering
E. Ramsay, K. A. Serrels, A. J. Waddie, M. R. Taghizadeh, and D. T. Reid

American Journal of Physics 76, 1002 (2008); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2957887

Physics of attosecond pulses produced via high harmonic generation
Katalin Varjú, Per Johnsson, Johan Mauritsson, Anne L’Huillier, and Rodrigo López-Martens
American Journal of Physics 77, 389 (2009); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3086028

Optical Tweezers Articles

Resource Letter: LBOT-1: Laser-based optical tweezers
Matthew J. Lang, and Steven M. Block
American Journal of Physics 71, 201 (2003); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1532323

Beth’s experiment using optical tweezers
D. N. Moothoo, J. Arlt, R. S. Conroy, F. Akerboom, A. Voit, and K. Dholakia
American Journal of Physics 69, 271 (2001); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1309520

Demonstration experiments on nondiffracting beams generated by thermal light
Lorenzo Basano, and Pasquale Ottonello
American Journal of Physics 73, 826 (2005); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1873912

Exploring Rotations Due to Radiation Pressure: 2-D to 3-D Transition Is Interesting!
Michael A. Waxman
The Physics Teacher 48, 30 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3274356

Faster, cheaper, safer optical tweezers for the undergraduate laboratory
John Bechhoefer, and Scott Wilson
American Journal of Physics 70, 393 (2002); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1445403

In situ laser power measurement at the focus of microscope objectives used in optical tweezers
N. B. Viana, M. S. Rocha, and O. N. Mesquita
American Journal of Physics 73, 201 (2005); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1819930

Inexpensive optical tweezers for undergraduate laboratories
Stephen P. Smith, Sameer R. Bhalotra, Anne L. Brody, Benjamin L. Brown, Edward K. Boyda, and Mara Prentiss
American Journal of Physics 67, 26 (1999); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.19187

Interference with polarized light beams: Generation of spatially varying polarization
B. M. Rodríguez-Lara, and I. Ricardez-Vargas
American Journal of Physics 77, 1135 (2009); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3224761

Mechanics and statistics of the worm-like chain
Andrew Marantan, and L. Mahadevan
American Journal of Physics 86, 86 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5003376

Optical tweezers for undergraduates: Theoretical analysis and experiments
M. S. Rocha
American Journal of Physics 77, 704 (2009); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3138698

The Smallest Tweezers in the World
Alexandre Lewalle
The Physics Teacher 46, 467 (2008); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2999061


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