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March 6, 2017

U.S. Army research lab physicist to present physics department colloquium

By Kim Coy

Dr. Gordon Videen

Gordon Videen, U.S. Army Research Laboratory physicist, will present a physics department colloquium, "Light Scattering and Remote Sensing of Small Particles" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 6, in 102 Cardwell Hall.

Videen's research focus is on light-scattering properties of irregular particles, like dust. He received his doctorate in optics at the University of Arizona in 1992 studying rough surfaces and contaminants on mirrors. He spent nearly three years researching atmospheric aerosols as a postdoc at Dalhousie University, followed by two more years developing aerosol detection techniques as a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at New Mexico State University.

Videen has worked as an atmospheric physicist in Maryland since 1997 and has developed unique theories to calculate the light scattering from irregular particle systems; e.g., particles on substrates, aggregate particles, and cellular systems.

Videen will illustrate remote sensing of particles using examples of terrestrial and planetary science during his talk.

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