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Physics and Astronomy Fred Gittes

Fred Gittes

About

I am interested in electromagnetism, optics, thermodynamics, classical and quantum mechanics, and differential geometry.  I have developed theoretical models of complex and biological systems, and designed and implemented new procedures and methods of analysis in microscopy, optical trapping and micromanipulation. A new interest for me is the application of differential forms and geometry to areas of physics where they have not been previously used.

Three Outstanding Senior Award winners have asked me to co-present their awards as their most influential teacher:  Jenna Degreef 2013, Justin Niedermeyer 2016, and Matthew Waldrip 2017

Courses

Teaching at WSU (*In progress):

  • Physics 101, General Physics I
  • Physics 205*, Honors physics with calculus I
  • Physics 206, Honors physics with calculus II
  • Physics 201, Introductory physics with calculus I
  • Physics 202, Introductory physics with calculus II
  • Physics 303, Modern Physics I
  • Physics 304*, Modern Physics II
  • Physics 533, Graduate Thermal and Statistical Physics
  • Physics 342, Electricity and Magnetism I
  • Physics 341, Electricity and Magnetism II
  • Physics 465*, Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Physics 590-2*, Graduate Differential Geometry for Physics
  • Physics 466/566 (undergrad/graduate), Biological Physics
  • Physics 541, Electromagnetic Theory I (graduate)
  • Physics 542, Electrodynamics II (graduate)
  • Science 199, Integrated Science for Honors II
  • Physics 150, Physics and Your World

Notable Publications

Gittes, F., (2018) Two famous results of Einstein derived from the Jarzynski equality. Am. J. Phys. 86, 31–35 (2018) (Preprint) Highlighted by Nature Physics.

Saberi, I., and F. Gittes (2011). Nonconservative forcing and diffusion in refractive optical traps. Journal of the Optical Society of America B, vol. 28, no. 10, 2369-2373. Selected for JOSA’s “Spotlight on Optics” distinction.

Varney, C. R., and F. Gittes (2011). Locating the source of projectile fluid droplets. American Journal of Physics vol. 79 Issue 8 pp. 838-842 Physics World news story. National CBC News Story (mp3 audio)

Notable Talks

  • Falling cats, curvature and gauge theory, WSU Physics and Astronomy Colloquium (2018)
  • Electromagnetism as Geometry, Colloquium, Physics & Astronomy department, WSU (2017)
  • Nuclear radiation in physics and in popular culture, Incoming Freshman Talk, Honors College (multimedia, with Mark O’English), WSU (2011)
  • The physics of blood spatter. Colloquium, Physics & Astronomy department, WSU (2008)
  • The physics of cells. Colloquium, Physics & Astronomy department, WSU (2001)
  • The Physics of the Cell, Three-part public lecture series in Ann Arbor, MI, sponsored by the Department of Physics and the University of Michigan (1996)

All Publications

Welch, K., and F. Gittes (2011, under review). Ion-sensitive phase transitions driven by Debye-Hückel non-ideality.http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.2522.

Skulason, G., and F. Gittes (under construction, 2011). Differential-forms approach to simple induction motors.

Gittes, F. (under construction, 2011) Old and New Concepts in Graduate Electrodynamics.

van Mameren, J., Vermeulen, K., Gittes, F., and C.F. Schmidt (2009). Leveraging single protein polymers to measure flexural rigidity. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, vol. 113, Issue 12, 3837-3844.

Peterman, E. J. G., Gittes, F., and C.F. Schmidt (2003). Laser-induced heating in optical traps. Biophysical Journal, vol. 84, 1308-1316.

Schnurr, B., F. Gittes, and F.C. MacKintosh (2002). Metastable intermediates in the
condensation of semiexible polymers. Physical Review E, vol. 65, 61904.

Agayan, R. R., F. Gittes, R. Kopelman and C.F. Schmidt (2002). Theory of optical
trapping near resonance absorption. Applied Optics, vol. 41, 2318-2327.

Saberi, I., and F. Gittes (2011). Nonconservative forcing and diffusion in refractive optical traps. Journal of the Optical Society of America B, in press

Varney, C. R., and F. Gittes (2011). Locating the source of projectile fluid droplets. American Journal of Physics vol. 79 Issue 8 pp. 838-842 Physics World news story. National CBC News Story (mp3 audio)

Welch, K., and F. Gittes (2011, under review). Ion-sensitive phase transitions driven by Debye-Hückel non-ideality. http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.2522.

Skulason, G., and F. Gittes (In preparation, 2009-10). Differential-forms approach to
simple induction motors.

van Mameren, J., Vermeulen, K., Gittes, F., and C.F. Schmidt (2009). Leveraging single
protein polymers to measure exural rigidity. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, vol. 113,
Issue 12, 3837-3844.

Peterman, E. J. G., Gittes, F., and C.F. Schmidt (2003). Laser-induced heating in optical
traps. Biophysical Journal, vol. 84, 1308-1316.

Schnurr, B., F. Gittes, and F.C. MacKintosh (2002). Metastable intermediates in the
condensation of semiexible polymers. Physical Review E, vol. 65, 61904.

Agayan, R. R., F. Gittes, R. Kopelman and C.F. Schmidt (2002). Theory of optical
trapping near resonance absorption. Applied Optics, vol. 41, 2318-2327.

Gittes, F., B. Schnurr, C.F. Schmidt, P. D. Olmsted, and F.C. MacKintosh (1998).
Model for dynamic shear modulus of semiexible polymer solutions. Materials
Research Society Symp. Proc
., vol. 489, 49-54.

Gittes, F. and F.C. MacKintosh (1998). Dynamic shear modulus of a semiexible polymer
network. Physical Review E, vol. 58, R1241-1244.

Gittes, F. and C. F. Schmidt (1998). Interference model for back-focal-plane displacement
detection in optical tweezers. Optics Letters, vol. 23, 7-9.

Allersma, M. W., F. Gittes, M. J. deCastro, R. J. Stewart, and C. F. Schmidt (1998)
Two-dimensional tracking of ncd motility by back focal plane interferometry. Biophysical Journal,
vol. 74, 1074-1085.

Gittes, F. and C. F. Schmidt (1998). Thermal noise limitations on micromechanical
experiments. European Biophysical Journal, vol. 27, 75-81.

Schnurr, B., F. Gittes, P. D. Olmsted, C.F. Schmidt, and F.C. MacKintosh (1997).
Local viscoelasticity of biopolymer solutions. Materials Research Society Symp.
Proc
., vol. 463, 15-20.

Schnurr, B., F. Gittes, F.C. MacKintosh, and C.F. Schmidt (1997). Determining microscopic
viscoelasticity in exible and semiexible polymer networks. Macro-molecules, vol. 30, 7781-7792.

Gittes, F., B. Schnurr, P.D. Olmsted, F.C. MacKintosh, and C.F. Schmidt (1997). Microscopic
viscoelasticity: shear moduli of soft materials determined from thermal fuctuations. Physical Review Letters, vol. 79, 3286-3289.

Gittes, F. and C. F. Schmidt (1996) Microscopic approaches to dynamics and structure
of biological motors. Curr. Opin. in Solid State & Materials Science, vol. 1, pp. 412-424.

Gittes, F., E. Meyhofer, S. Baek, and J. Howard (1996). Directional loading of the
kinesin motor molecule as it buckles a microtubule. Biophysical Journal, vol. 70,
418-429.

Hunt, A. J., F. Gittes, and J. Howard (1994). The force exerted by a single kinesin
molecule against a viscous load. Biophysical Journal, vol. 67, 766-781.

Gittes, F., B. Mickey, J. Nettleton, and J. Howard (1993). Flexural rigidity of microtubules
and actin _laments measured from thermal uctuations in shape. Journal
of Cell Biology
, vol. 120, 923-934.

Gittes, F. (1988). Estimating mean particle volume and number from random sections
by sampling pro_le boundaries. Journal of Microscopy, vol. 158, 1-18.

Gittes, F. and R. P. Bolender (1987). Counting cell nuclei with random sections: the
e_ect of shape. Micron and Microscopica Acta, vol. 18, 59-70.

Gittes, F. and M. Schick (1984). Complete and incomplete wetting by adsorbed solids.
Physical Review B, vol. 30, 209-214.

Book chapters

Gittes, F. and C. F. Schmidt (1997). Signals and noise in micromechanical measurements.
In Methods in Cell Biology, vol. 55: Laser Tweezers in Cell Biology. Ed.
M. P. Sheetz. Academic Press, New York pp. 129-156.

Howard, J. and F. Gittes (1997) Motor proteins. In Physics of Biological Systems: From
Molecules to Species
. Eds. H. Flyvbjerg, J. Hertz, M. H. Jensen, O. G. Mouritsen,
K. Sneppen. Springer Lecture Notes in Physics, Springer-Verlag, Berlin. pp. 155-
170.

Gittes, F., E. Meyhofer, S. Baek, D. Coy, B. Mickey, and J. Howard (1996). Force
generation by the microtubule-based motor protein kinesin. In Nanofabrication
and Biosystems. Eds. H. Hoch, L. W. Jelinski, and H. G. Craighead. Cambridge
U. Press., Cambridge, pp. 367-380.

Fred Gittes

Clinical Full Professor

Office: Webster Physical Sciences 1254
Phone: (509) 335-7380
Fax: (509) 335-7816
E-mail: gittes at wsu.edu

Research: Statistical Physics