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Laser Light-scattering Spectroscopy of Supercooled Liquids and the Glass Transition

  • Herman Z. Cummins


In 1958, as a first-year Ph.D. student at Columbia, I visited Charles Townes to discuss the possibility of pursuing thesis research with him. After hearing that my background was in optical spectroscopy, he described a new light source he was then thinking about, and proposed first building it and then using it as a thesis project. He explained that this new “Optical Maser” (later rechristened as the laser) would revolutionize optical spectroscopy, making it possible to perform optical experiments with the resolution and sensitivity previously available only in radio frequency or microwave spectroscopy.


Supercooled Liquid Master Function Brillouin Component Binary Fluid Mixture Susceptibility Spectrum 
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