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MATTHEW J WRIGHT

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

PHYSICS

BLODGETT HALL
ROOM 002A

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Diplomas/Degrees

Ph.D. Physics, University of Connecticut (2006)
B.S. Physics, Westminster College (PA) (1999)

Recent Courses

College Physics II (lab)
College Physics II (lecture)
Electromagnetic Theory
Physics For Science Majors 1 ( Lecture )
Physics For Science Majors II
Physics For Science Majors II ( L A B )
Physics For Science Majors II ( Lecture )
Quantum Mechanics

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Developing project management skills in undergraduate physics students

Developing podcast instruction and review material for undergraduate physics students.

Research Interests

Laser cooling and trapping of atoms and molecules.

Develop a laboratory for generating arbitrarily-shaped frequency chirped laser pulses on a time scale faster than 1 ns.

­Control and study atomic excitation on nanosecond and sub-nanosecond time scales.

Coherent control of ultracold collisions with frequency-chirped laser pulses.

Grants/Sponsored Research

2014 Adelphi Faculty Development Grant: Frequency and Amplitude Detection of a Rapid Modulating Laser Beam.

Frederick Bettelheim Research Award: Testing out the Limits of the Landua-Zener Theory using Frequency-Chirped Laser Light.

Marie Curie Fellowship. This $200,000, two-year fellowship provided the funding for fundamental research on ultracold strongly-interacting Fermi gases. This work was completed in 2007.

Refereed Articles

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M. J. Wright (2015), Semi-Classical Calculations of Ultracold Collisions with Frequency Chirped Light: Dependence on Chirp Rate. Euro. Phys. J. D. (2015), 69, 6.

H.-I Lu, J. Rasmussen, M.J. Wright, D. Patterson, J.M. Doyle. (2011), Cold and Slow Molecular Beam. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 13, 18986.

P. Pieri, A. Perali, G.C. Strinati, S. Riedl, M.J. Wright, A. Altmeyer, C. Kohstall, E.R. Sánchez Guajardo, J. Hecker Denschlag, and R. Grimm. (2011), Pairing-gap, pseudo-gap, and no-gap phases in rf spectra of a trapped unitary 6Li gas. Phys. Rev. A, 84, 011608.

S. Riedl, E.R. Sanchez Guajardo, C. Kohstall, A. Altmeyer, M.J. Wright, J. Hecker Denschlag, R. Grimm, G. M. Bruun, and H. Smith. (2008), Collective Oscillations of a Fermi Gas in the Unitarity Limit: Temperature Effects and the Role of Pair Correlations. Phys. Rev. A, 78, 05369.

M.J. Wright, A. Pechkis, J.L. Carini, S. Kullish, R. Kosloff, P.L. Gould. (2007), Coherent Control of Ultracold Collisions with Chirped Light: Direction Matters. Phys. Rev. A, 75, 051401(R).

C.E. Rogers III, M.J. Wright, J.L. Carini, J.A. Pechkis, P.L. Gould. (2007), Generation of Arbitrary Frequency Chirps with a Fiber-Based Phase Modulator and Self-Injection-Locked Diode Laser. JOSA B, 24, 1249.

A. Altmeyer, S. Riedl, C. Kohstall, M.J. Wright, R. Geursen, M. Bartenstein, C. Chin, J. Hecker Denschlag, and R. Grimm. (2007), Precision Measurements of Collective Oscillations in the BEC-BCS Crossover. Phys. Rev. Lett., 98, 040401.

A. Altmeyer, S. Riedl, C. Kohstall, M.J. Wright, J. Hecker Denschlag, R. Grimm. (2007), Collective Oscillations of the Radial Quadrupole Mode in the BEC-BCS Crossover. Phys. Rev. A, 76, 033610.

M.J. Wright, S. Riedl, A. Altmeyer, C. Kohstall, E. Sanchez, J. Hecker Denschlag, R. Grimm (2007), Finite Temperature Studies of the Scissors Mode in the BEC-BCS Crossover. Phys. Rev. Lett., 99, 150403.

M.J. Wright, J.A. Pechkis, J.L. Carini, and P.L. Gould. (2006), Probing Ultracold Collisional Dynamics with Frequency-chirped Pulses. Phys. Rev. A, 74, 063402.

M.J. Wright, S.D. Gensemer, J. Vala, R. Kosloff, P.L. Gould. (2005), Control of Ultracold Collisions with Frequency-chirped Light. Phys. Rev. Lett., 95, 063001.

M.J. Wright, P.L. Gould, S.D. Gensemer (2004), Frequency-chirped Light from an Injection-locked Diode Laser. Rev. Sci. Instrum., 75, 4718.


Invited Presentation/Lecture

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Matt Wright and Bridget Grifford (2015, April). Learner Developed Podcasts in an Upper-Level Undergraduate Physics Course. Adelphi University's: Teaching, Learning and Technology Conference., Garden City, NY.

Eugenia Villa Cuesta and Matt Wright (2014, July). Fruit Flies, Magnetic Fields and Space Travel. Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.

M. J. Wright (2014, January). Laser Cooling Dilute and Dense Gases. Brooklyn Tech High School, Brooklyn, NY.

M. J. Wright (2013, November). Controlling Thermal Collisions with Frequency-Chirped Light. Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Galloway, NJ.

M.J. Wright (2013, March). The Luck of Teaching: A Workshop Exploring Teaching Successes, Challenges, & Serendipity. Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.

M. J. Wright (2013, January). Negotiating Faculty Offers Panel. FAS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Harvard University., Cambridge, MA.

Wright, M. J. (2012, February). Cold Source for Atom and Molecule Laser Cooling Experiments. Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA.

Wright, M. J. (2012, February). Cold Source for Atom and Molecule Laser Cooling Experiments. AMO Seminar, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Wright, M. J. (2011, August). Progress Toward Magnetically Trapping CaH. Seminar, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany.

Wright, M. J. (2011, January). Progress Toward Magnetically Trapping CaH. Hot Topic Talk, Ringberg castle workshop on Cold and Controlled Molecular Collisions., Tegernsee, Germany.

Mohring, R and Wright, M. J. (2009, June). Inside the operations of an intermodal rail terminal. Princeton Consultants: Quarterly Meeting, Princeton, NJ.


Conference Presentations/Papers

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A. Limani, K. Teng, M. Disla, J. Dellatto, B. Kaufman, and M. J. Wright. (2015). Pulsing Frequency Chirped Light at Large Detuning with an Injection-Locked Diode Laser. In 29th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research.. Seattle, WA.

M. J. Wright. (2014). Controlling Thermal Collisions with Frequency-Chirped Light. In Annual Meeting of the American Physical’s Societies Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics.. Madison, WI.

M. J. Wright. (2014). Controlling Thermal Collisions with Frequency-Chirped Light. In APS March Meeting.. Denver, CO.

J. Dellatto, M. Disla, B. Kaufman, K. Teng, A. Limani, and M. J. Wright. (2014). Progress Toward Injection Locking a 795 nm Diode laser to a Microwave Modulated Sideband. In APS March Meeting.. Denver, CO.

M. Disla and M. J. Wright. (2014). Progress Towards a Dense Atomic Beam. In APS March Meeting.. Denver, CO.

Drayna G K, Wright M, Chae E, Hemmerling B, and Doyle J M (2012). Progress towards MOTs of Yb and CaF, loaded from a slow buffer-gas beam. In The 23rd International Conference on Atomic Physics ICAP 2012. Palaiseau, France.

M. Wright, H-I Lu, J. Rasmussen, D. Patterson, and J. Doyle. (2011). Towards Magnetic Trapping of CaH. Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. Atlanta, Ga.

M.J. Wright, H.-I Lu, J. Rasmussen, D. Patterson, J.M. Doyle. (2011). Progress Toward Magnetically Trapping CaH. Tegernsee, Germany.

M.J. Wright, S. Riedl, A. Altmeyer, C. Kohstall, E. Sanchez, J. Hecker Denschlag, R. Grimm. (2007). Scissors Mode Oscillations for a Finite-Temperature Strongly-Interacting Ultracold Fermi Gas. In Annual Meeting of the American Physical’s Societies Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. Calgary, Canada.

M.J. Wright, J. Pechkis, J. Carini, P.L. Gould. (2006). Control of Ultracold Collisions with Frequency-Chirped Light. In International Conference of Atomic Physics. Innsbruck, Austria.

M.J. Wright, J. Pechkis, S.D. Gensemer, J. Vala, R. Kosloff, P.L. Gould. (2006). Ultracold Collisions with Frequency-Chirped Light: the Influence of Chirp Direction. In Annual Meeting of the American Physical’s Societies Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. Lincoln, NE.

M.J. Wright, P.L. Gould, S.D. Gensemer, J. Vala, R. Kosloff. (2004). Ultracold Collisions Induced by Frequency-Chirped Light. In International Conference of Atomic Physics. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

M.J. Wright, P.L. Gould, S.D. Gensemer, J. Vala, R. Kosloff. (2004). Ultracold Collisions Induced by Frequency-Chirped Light. In Annual Meeting of the American Physical’s Societies Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. Tucson, AZ.

M. J. Wright and W. Johnson. (1999). Thermal Equilibration of a Critical Fluid. In American Physical Society’s Centennial Meeting. Atlanta, Ga.


Other Scholarly/Artistic Work

Mentor for Tracy Paltoo’s article:
T. Paltoo. A Journey of Creation. Physics Today Daily Edition. 10.1063/PT.5.2019 (2014).

Professional Activities

American Physical Society, Since 2012
American Association of Physics Teachers, Since 2015
Sigma Pi Sigma, Since 1999

Community and Corporate Leadership

Leadership committee member for startup consulting firm, BeaconVP 2011-2012
Industry partner, BeaconVP 2012-current