Ateneo Physics Department Brochure for 2011

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Department of Physics, 3rd Floor, Faura Hall, School of Sci­ence and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University, Ka­tipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108, Phil­ippines. Email: Phone: (+632) 426-6001 local 5690 or 5691. Telefax: (+632) 426-1043.
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Ateneo de Manila University’s Department of Physics

Physics is so fundamental that other sciences are based on its different fields. Classical Mechanics governs Wiimote’s gyroscope sensors and the orbits of of satellites in global positioning systems (GPS). Classical Electrodynamics governs holograms, optical fibers, lasers, microwaves, x-rays, radars, plasma TV, cellular phones, satellite commu­nications, and integrated circuits (IC). Quantum Mechanics governs the formation of molecular bonds from the simple water molecule to complex amino acids and DNA molecules. Quantum Electrodynamics governs nuclear weapons and reactors, and nuclear magnetic resonance ima­ging (NMRI). There are still many other fields of physics and their applications are vast and endless.

Today, physicists form the research backbone of industries in many countries. The mathematical abilities that physi­cists learn allow them to navigate the complex movements in the stock and financial markets. Physicists are ideal for these jobs because they have a repertoire of physical models as metaphors.

The Ateneo de Manila University’s Physics Depart-ment began in 1963 when the Manila Observatory’s Jesuits offered to teach physics in conjunction with their research work. For the Jesuits, the Observatory is a Jesuit mission: to give greater glory to God by knowing more about the world using the most precise instruments and the latest mathematical models. In order to share in this mission, the provide its students with physics training that is internationally competive and nationally relevant. Many of the Department’s graduates have pursued graduate studies abroad, founded their own companies, and helped build the nation.


A. Faura Hall and Science Education Complex house several Physics Laboratories:

1. Advanced Physics Laboratory–setups that reproduce many notable experiments in Modern Physics in the last century such as the Fabry-Perot interferometers and gas discharge spectroscopy.
2. Materials Physics Laboratory—contains universal testing machine, four point probe tester, hardness tester, analytical balance, digital oscilloscope, precision resistors and capacitors, stereo microscope, metallographic mi­croscope, electron microscope and several interferometric microscopes.
3. Photonics Laboratory—the university’s focal point for research activities in optics and laser applications and home of the only elastomeric optics and volume holography systems in the Philippines. Students are currently working on biomimetic elastomeric optics, dye-doped elastomers for optical storage, holographic processing and optofluidics.
4. Vacuum Coating Laboratory—uses high vacuum sys­tems for thin film coating of glasses to improve their reflectance and transmission at selected frequencies. The Laboratory also studies magnetized plasma deposition.
5. Machine Shop–housed near the Faura Hall. Parts of equipments in metal, plastic, or wood are precisely fabric­ated here by expert technicians.
6. Professor Norberto Tecson Laboratories—named after the Ateneo physics teacher who pioneered the devel­opment of corridor demonstration experiments. Under­graduate lab experiments are performed here.

B. Manila Observatory is a separate institution from Ateneo de Manila University. But because of the Observatory’s historical ties with the Physics Department, three of the Observatory’s research programs are headed by the Depart­ment’s faculty:
1. Regional Climate Systems—uses global climate mod­els and data from automated meteorological sta­tions to pre­dict Philippine climate 10 to 20 years from now. Also uses downscaling methods for forecasting typhoon paths and meteorological parameters.
2. Urban Air Quality/Instrumentation Technology and Development—designs and fabricates meteorological in­struments such as telemetric rain guages and differential optical absorption spectroscope for identifying aerosol con­tent of urban air. Houses the LIDAR and the AERONET solar monitor.
3. Ionosphere Research Building—the Kyushu Univer­sity’s Space Environment Research Center (SERC) Subcen­ter which is in charge of 6 magnetometer stations in the Philippines. The building also houses two ionosphere mon­itoring systems: an FMCW radar and SCINDA.


Minella Alarcon, Ph.D., Laser Physics, UP-Diliman
Obiminda Cambaliza, Ph.D. Washington State University. Civil Engineering.
Benjamin O. Chan, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of New South Wales
Mariano Estoque, Ph.D. New York University. Meteorology.
Jerrold J. Garcia, Ph.D., Mathematical Physics, Syracuse University
Raphael A. Guerrero, Ph.D. UP-Diliman. Photonics.

Nofel D. Lagrosas, Ph.D. Chiba University. Remote Sensing (Chair, Department of Physics)
Fr. Daniel J. McNamara, S.J., Ph.D., University of Colarado. Astro-Geophysics.
Gemma Teresa T. Narisma, Ph.D. Macquarie University. Atmospheric Science.
Quirino Sugon Jr. Ph.D. AdMU. Geometric algebra.
Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, S.J., Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology. Atmospheric Sci­ence. (President, Ateneo de Manila University)

Jerry T. Barretto, M.S Physics. AdMU.
Clint Dominic G. Bennett, MS Physics. UP-Diliman.
Ivan B. Culaba, M.S. Physics, AdMU. Plasma Physics.
Patricio Dailisan, M.S. Physics, UP-Diliman. Laser Physics.
Joel T. Maquiling, M.S. Physics, AdMU. Quaternions.
James B. Simpas, M.S. Physics, Pennsylvania State University. Atmospheric Science.

Juan Paolo S. Bermundo, B.S. Physics, AdMU. Materials.
Jennifer Damasco Ty, B.S. Physics, AdMU. Materials.
Johann Ignacio, B.S. Physics, MSU-IIT. Instru-mentation.
Eleanor Alma D. Jugueta, B.S. Chemical Engineering, De La Salle University


BS Physics is a 5-year program without summers that of­fers rigorous training in theoretical and experimental phys­ics.

BS Applied Physics is a 5 year program with two tracks: Instrumentation (BS APS/In­strumentation) and Materials (BS APS/Materials). The Instrumentation track is for those who wish to design and build their own instru­ments. The Materials track is for those who wish to develop new materials with desired qualities.

The department’s unique five year, double-degree programs are the BS Applied Physics/BS Material Science Engineering (BS APS/MSE) and BS Applied Physics/BS Applied Computer Systems (BS APS/ACS).

BS APS/ACS enhances the student’s knowledge of areas such as communications, computer interface design, and operating systems.

BS APS/MSE integrates the knowledge and tools of chemistry and physics with engineering principles to design, fabricate and characterize improved and novel materials.

Master of Physics Education is a non-thesis degree pro­gram for high school and college teachers.

M.S. in Physics is a masters program for training physi­cists to be experts in a particular area of research. A gradu­ate thesis is required.

M.S. in Atmospheric Science is a masters program with foundational courses in meteorology and branching out to either instrumentation/monitoring and/or computer model­ing.

Ph.D in Physics program aims to develop outstanding physi­cists who can get their research works published in in­ternational physics journals and mentor the next generation of physicists. A doctoral dissertation is required and at least one ISI journal publication.


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