Project Overview

Polarization singularities

Faculty Sponsor

Kiko Galvez (


Physics and Astronomy


Nature is full of settings that use the mathematics and topology. In some physical systems the understanding of the underlying algebraic math is well known, but when seen from a geometric or topological standpoint one may find new phenomena or understand old phenomena from a new perspective. In this work we study mathematical topological problems by encoding them into the properties of light thanks to our ability to manipulate light. This provides a setting to study light and mathematical problems that have not been studied before in other physical systems.

Student Qualifications

Desirable qualities: At least intro physics, plus eagerness to do hands-on experimentation, knowledge of Matlab.

Number of Student Researchers

1 student

Project Length

8 weeks

Applications open on 01/15/2017 and close on 02/07/2017

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