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Jenny Magnes Associate Professor of Physics

Jenny Magnes has researched various areas involving optics: diatomic spectroscopy of alkalis, quantum optics, molecular optics, opto-mechanical techniques, nano-structures and biophotonics. Jenny Magnes is interested in developing techniques that are beneficial during classroom interactions. She has also successfully involved undergraduates in her research and bringing research topics into the classroom. Recently, Jenny Magnes and her research group dove into investigating micro-organisms using optical techniques like scattering and various interference effects. Some interference studies involve iridescence.

  • BA, Delaware State University; BS, University of Maryland; MA, PhD, Temple University
  • At Vassar since 2007

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Research and Academic Interests

  • Diatomic Spectroscopy of Alkalis
  • Quantum Optics
  • Molecular Optics
  • Opto-Mechanical Techniques
  • Nano-Structures
  • Biophotonics

Departments and Programs

Selected Publications

* indicates student author

  • Jenny Magnes, Margo Kinneberg*, Rahul Khakurel*, Noureddine Melikechi, “Opto-mechanical Shape Analysis using Group Theory,” 
 Appl. Opt., Mauscript# 123016, accepted May 2010.
  • Jenny Magnes, Trevor David*, Rahul Khakurel*, Margo Kinneberg*, Derek Olson*, Noureddine Melikechi, “Shape Recognition through Opto- Mechanical Scanning,” 
 Conference Paper, Control number: 1405 Session: FMJ Pres. number: FMJ5- Illumination II: Vision and Measurement, FiOs/LS, 
Rochester, NY, October 20, 2008.
  • A. Lazoudis, E.H. Ahmed, L. Li, T. Kirova, P. Qi, J. Magnes et al., “Experimental observation of the dependence of Autler-Townes splitting on the probe and coupling laser wave-number ratio in Doppler-broadened open molecular cascade systems,” Phys. Rev. A, accepted September 12, 2008.
  • J. Magnes, G. Schwarz, J. Hartke, D. Burt, and N. Melikechi, “Optomechanical integration method for finite integrals,” Appl. Opt. 46, 6918-6922 (2007).
  • D. Burt, J. Magnes, G. Schwarz, J. Hartke, “Teaching Integration through a Physical Phenomenon,” Primus, 18:3, 283-290, May 2008.

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Education

  • PhD, Observation and Study of the 43Δg State in K2 and Electromagnetically Induced Transparency (EIT) with Emphasis on the Open Molecular System, Temple University, 2003. Advisor: Prof. Marjatta Lyyra
  • MA, Physics, Temple University, 2000
  • BS, Physics and Mathematics, Delaware State University, 1997
  • BA, English, University of Maryland, 1995

Courses Taught

Research Interests

Jenny Magnes has researched various areas involving optics: diatomic spectroscopy of alkalis, quantum optics, molecular optics, opto-mechanical techniques, nano-structures and biophotonics. Jenny Magnes is interested in developing techniques that are beneficial during classroom interactions. She has also successfully involved undergraduates in her research and bringing research topics into the classroom. Recently, Jenny Magnes and her research group dove into investigating micro-organisms using optical techniques like scattering and various interference effects. Some interference studies involve iridescence.