ESP Biography



JUSTIN GERBER, Experimental Atomic Physics Graduate Student




Major: Physics

College/Employer: UC Berkeley

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Justin is a graduate student at UC Berkeley working on experimental atomic physics with Professor Dan Stamper-Kurn. Since elementary school Justin has wondered about the smallest objects in the universe - atoms and smaller! Since he first learned about quantum mechanics in high school chemistry Justin has wondered how exactly scientists think about and describe our reality at the quantum level. Now that he is working on physics research he gets to think about these questions every day!



Past Classes

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Atomic Clocks: Atoms and Time! in Splash Spring 19
Why do we need clocks that can measure 0.00000000000000001 seconds? Atomic clocks are among some of the most sensitive scientific devices in existence! Beyond fundamental interest, they also have provided great benefit to society by allowing the possibility of GPS navigation and the synchronization of global communication. In this course, we will learn how scientists control atoms and use them to measure time in an atomic clock. We will also discuss the historical significance of precision timekeeping.


Entering The Quantum World in Splash Fall 17
If you take any every day object like a pencil and zoom in and zoom in eventually you will be see some of the smallest objects in our universe: atoms and electrons! These little particles behave in ways which are radically different than anything we are used to; they are in the quantum world! One of the strangest behaviors is that in the quantum world a single object can be in two places at once! In this course I will give examples of quantum mechanical phenomena and try to give intuition about how to think about quantum mechanics so that students are no longer strangers to the quantum world! Students with all math/science backgrounds are welcome!


Entering The Quantum World in Splash Spring 16
If you take an every day object like a basketball and zoom in and zoom in eventually you will be looking at some of the smallest objects in our universe, atoms and electrons! These little particles exhibit behavior which is radically different than anything we are used to. One of the strangest behaviors is that in the quantum world a single object can be in two places at once! In this course I will give examples of quantum mechanical phenomena and try to give intuition about how to think about quantum mechanics so that students are no longer strangers to the quantum world! Students with all math/science backgrounds are welcome!


The Power of Thinking in Powers of Ten in Splash Spring 16
Why is California running out of water? Are we really burning a hole in the Ozone? What affects the global economy? Learn to answer these kinds of BIG questions and more by harnessing the power of orders of magnitude and start thinking in powers of 10. In this class we will learn how to take just a little bit of information about a topic (that you can find on google!) mixed with thinking about powers of ten to answer questions we used to think only “experts” could answer!