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George Keiser

Assistant Professor of Physics

 Ph.D. Boston University, Physics 

 M.A. Boston University, Physics

 B.S. The University of Scranton, Physics


Prof. Keiser is an experimental physicist whose research focuses on using terahertz frequency light to study materials. He is specifically interested in engineering new types of optical devices that interact with and use terahertz radiation.

Terahertz (THz) radiation is a type of light, more energetic than microwaves but less energetic than infrared light.  From a physics perspective, THz light is very useful for spectroscopic investigations of a range of physical phenomena in materials. From an engineering perspective, the THz frequencies are an under-used portion of the electromagnetic spectrum and can be used for faster wireless communication and data transfer. The challenge for researchers and engineers is to overcome a lack of sources, detectors, and optics for THz light.  In his research, Prof. Keiser studies ways to fill this technological gap using artificial engineered structures called metamaterials.

Before joining the faculty at Washington College, Prof. Keiser was a postdoctoral research scientist at Brown University.

Recent Papers and Talks:
Journal Article: Terahertz Field Confinement in Nonlinear Metamaterials and Near-Field Imaging 2019 
Invited Talk:  Terahertz Metamaterial Devices in the Nonlinear Regime, ETH Zurich,  July 2018.
Journal Article:   Nonlinear terahertz metamaterials with active electrical control  2017

This list includes only recent first-author publications and talks. For full list of publications, please see Prof. Keiser’s Google Scholar Page


In the classroom, Prof. Keiser enjoys teaching courses across the physics curriculum, including both introductory and advanced classes.  As a strong advocate of the importance of writing skills for STEM careers, he works to include instruction in scientific writing throughout his courses.  

Courses for Fall 2019:
PHY 101 College Physics 1
PHY 321 Classical Mechanics
Other Courses Taught:
PHY 102 College Physics 2
PHY 352 Electronics
PHY 394 Optics
PHY 451 Advanced Physics Laboratory