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Physics Students and Professor Spend Spring and Summer in Germany

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TCNJ physics student Raha Ghassemi (seated middle) performing an experiment in signal transmission in nerves at Berlin University of Applied Science.

Senior physics students Raha Ghassemi and Cory Leahy are spending the second half of their Spring 2014 semester and the summer with TCNJ Physics Prof. David McGee at the University of Applied Sciences (Beuth Hochschule für Technik) in Berlin, Germany.  They are taking classes in “Medical Imaging” and “Applied Holography.” 

The Medical Imaging class involves studies in X-ray, MRI, and ultrasonic techniques, and is taught in German.  While the TCNJ students do not speak German, they are being assisted by their German lab partners who translate during the experiments and who, in turn, get to practice conversational English with the TCNJ students. 

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TCNJ physics student Cory Leahy (third from left) working on an experiment in medical ultrasonics at Berlin University of Applied Science.

The Applied Holography course is taught by Prof. David McGee and involves studies of holographic imaging materials including polymeric films and crystalline photorefractive materials.  Beuth professor and expert in holography Dr. Juergen Eichler provided guest lectures at the end of the course, and showed students how to fabricate, expose, and process their own reflection-type holographic films.

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