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Teaching

Professor Golovchenko teaches Applied Physics 216, Electromagnetic Interactions with Matter, usually during the Spring semester. This course focuses on how electromagnetic fields and matter interact. Deterministic, statistical, classical, and quantum mechanical considerations are covered. The course is useful for experimental and applied physics students in atomic, solid state, optical, chemical, and biophysics. It meets Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30 AM to 12 noon.

Professor Golovchenko teaches Freshman Seminar 24e, The Physics and Applied Physics Freshman Research Laboratory, usually in the Fall term. Open to Freshmen only, the class exposes students considering careers in science or engineering to environment of a modern research laboratory. Research teams construct, perform, analyze, and report on cutting-edge experiments in physical, engineering, and biological sciences. Projects provide insight into the mathematical, mechanical, electronic, chemical, computational, and organizational tools and skills that characterize modern experimental science. Past projects focused on atomic, nuclear, and solid state physics, materials science, dynamical systems, and biophysical science. Projects highlight both team and individual effort. The class is mostly held at the Rowland Institute in Cambridge.

Professor Golovchenko taught Electrodynamics (Physics 153) in Spring, 2010 and 2011. Aimed at advanced undergraduates, the emphasis was on the properties and sources of the electromagnetic fields and on the wave aspects of the fields. Course started with electrostatics and subsequently developed the Maxwell equations. Topics: electrostatics, dielectrics, magnetostatics, electrodynamics, radiation, wave propagation in various media, wave optics, diffraction and interference. A number of applications of electrodynamics and optics in modern physics were discussed.

Professor Golovchenko taught the graduate level course on electromagnetism in the Physics Department called Ph 232a - Advanced Electromagnetism I.  It was taught in Fall, 2004 and was a prerequisite for other graduate offerings in electromagnetism, notably Ph 232b - Advanced Electromagnetism II (Prof. Paul Martin) and AP216 - Modern Optics and Quantum Electronics (Prof. Lene Hau).  Both of these were taught in the Spring term, 2005.

Ph 232a - Course Description (expanded from catalog)

This course presents a mathematically self contained treatment of static and dynamic classical electromagnetic phenomena based on the Maxwell - Lorentz field equations. Stress is  placed on mathematical reasoning common to scalar and vector field theories, and the formalism is illustrated with applications encountered in current research. Topics covered include geometrical foundations in space and space-time, equations of motion for the fields, the electric and magnetic constitutive relations, special functions of mathematical physics, scalar and vector multipole decompositions, Green's functions and other exact solutions of the field equations, relaxation methods, conservation theorems, electromagnetic wave propagation and the theory of radiating systems. Illustrations include electromagnetic particle traps, spin resonance, screening, Kapitza potentials, space charge effects, high frequency fields in reactive and dissipative systems, radiation resistance and the theory of the antenna. Connections with quantum mechanics and the classical theories of motion in fluids and solids are presented.

Freshman Seminar A20

Professor Golovchenko taught a Freshman Seminar class which serves to introduce students to laboratory based experimental science.  The course takes place in a research laboratory especially designed and dedicated to the students taking the seminar.  Three to four teams of students are assembled with three or four students, and each  team designs, constructs, debugs, implements and reports on an experiment chosen from a broad range of scientific areas.

Past examples of freshman seminar experiments include -Construction of external cavity feedback stabilized laser diodes -Optical determination of the magnetic moment of rubidium atoms - Studies of sonoluminescence - Diffusion and drift of DNA molecules during gel electrophoresis  - The inverted pendulum and Kapitza's potential - 150 keV proton reflectivity of x-ray mirrors on the Chandra Satellite X-ray observatory - Chaos in electronic circuits and its interaction with noise - Rutheford backscattering spectroscopy surface atoms on a silicon crystal.

Teams are formed from students with potential or existing interests/skills in areas like electronics (digital, analog) - computers (programming,  interfacing) - mechanical systems (design, machining) - Theory ( analysis, modeling). The course provides many opportunities for the students to get insight into how scientists and engineers think and operate when confronted with "real world" problems.

Other Courses

Other courses that have been taught by Professor Golovchenko at Harvard include:

Ph 251a         Graduate Quantum Mechanics

Ph 143a         Undergraduate Quantum Mechanics

Ph 191r/247    Advanced Laboratory

AP 216          Electromagnetic Interactions with Matter

Ph 295a         Graduate Solid State Physics

AP 333          Condensed Matter and X-ray Physics

Professor Golovchenko has also taught courses on "The Interaction of Radiation and Matter" at NASA Langley and "X -Ray Optics" at Berkeley.