Physicist Giovanna Scarel

May 11, 2012

What is a photon?  Solid state physicist Dr. Giovanna Scarel explains photons and why such tiny things are intriguing.

The JMU scientist is organizing a conference on May 16th called “Science Enabled by Photon Sources: Local Research Interest in Virginia.”  She spoke with Martha about the conference, the stars, her romance with photons, and her successful quest for her own big idea.

Her JMU pageJefferson Lab.

The Giacomo (James) Leopardi poem titled “Night-Song Of A Wandering Shepherd of Asia (XXIII)” that she mentions: translation.

And here is the first explanation (audio --around 90 seconds) of what a photon is that ever made sense to Martha.

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