Juan M. Merlo

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Portrait photo of Juan Merlo

Juan M. Merlo-Ramírez has a PhD in optics from the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics, and Electronics in Puebla, Mexico. His research focuses on near-field microscopy, plasmonics, and more recently in topological phases of matter in classical systems. Juan is a first-generation college attendee; as such, he is interested in the dissemination of scientific knowledge by science books for kids.

PhD, Optics, National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, PUE., Mexico, 2010; MSc, Optoelectronics, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, PUE., Mexico, 2006; Degree in Physics, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
At Vassar since 2019


Sanders Physics
Box 103

Research and Academic Interests

Near-field microscopy
Topological phases of matter in classical systems
Science books for children

Departments and Programs


PHYS 200: Modern Physics
PHYS 202/203: Experimental Physics
PHYS 375: Microscopy Techniques
PHYS 240: Electromagnetism I
An intensive in Fundamentals of Micro- and Nano-Fabrication

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