John Scales - Department of Physics - Colorado School of Mines

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John Scales


John Scales

Timberline #2 Trailer, Room 18


  • BS, University of Delaware
  • PhD, University of Colorado

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, Institute of Physics
  • Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society
  • Visiting professor of the French Academy of Sciences, 1999-2000
  • Who's Who

Research Interests

  • Electromagnetics
  • Quantum chaos
  • Mesoscopic phenomena
  • Millimeter wave physics
  • Disordered media

My work, in a nutshell, is all about waves: ultrasonic, acoustic, electromagnetic and optical. My students and I use waves to perform materials characterization (electromagnetic and mechanical) and we study the fundamental physics of waves in random media. The applications of our work include everything from landmine detection to the basic properties of amorphous semiconductors to how telescopes detect the far infrared light that makes up most of the electromagnetic energy in the universe. Since I do both theoretical and experimental work, there is ample opportunity for undergraduates to get involved in meaningful research and even publish papers.

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