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Fred Gittes

Fred Gittes

Clinical Associate Professor

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

Research: Statistical Physics

This semester: Physics 590 sec. 02
Differential Geometry in Physics

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Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

About

I am interested in electromagnetism, optics, thermodynamics, classical mechanics, and fluctuations.  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.


Courses

Honors Physics Sequence

Graduate Electrodynamics

Biological Physics Course

Biological Physics (3)

Physics 466 (SLN 35725 and Physics 566 (SLN 35857), conjoint. 
Instructor: Fred Gittes (Department of Physics and Astronomy).Clinical Assoc. Prof, Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Course Syllabus (pdf)

Biological Physics Flyer (pdf)

Physics for Scientists & Engineers

General Physics (Physics 101)

Modern Physics 303 (Spring 2012)


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Recent Work & Publications with Students

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.

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 (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.


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All Publications

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.


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