Arts and Sciences
Physics and Earth Sciences
- M 2-4 PM
- R 11-1 PM
- PhD, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
- Low temperature physics/heavy fermion systems
- Dissertation: “The Magnetoresistance of U(Th)Be13 at Low Temperatures and High Magnetic Fields”
- BA, Boston University, Boston, MA
- Physics with mathematics Minor
- Research Areas: Polarized light, Fluorescence Polarization, XAFS, Heavy Fermion systems
- Teaching Experience:
- General Physics (two semester sequence), physics laboratories, introductory physics for non-science majors (two semester sequence), Electronics, Optics, Vibrations and Waves, Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Mathematical Physics, Solid State Physics, Experimental Physics, Research in Physics, Statistical Physics
- Differential Equations, Mathematical Physics
- General Education Courses:
- Freshman seminar, Integrated Science (two semester lab sequence), Astronomy, freshman general education course (GEN199), NASA workshop (offered for graduate and undergraduate credit), Capstone Course (GEN400)
- Earth Science Courses:
- Meteorology and Geology (Capstone for Natural science majors)
Research / Creativity Interest Area
- Collett, B. Schaefer, Polarized Light for Scientists and Engineers, Polawave Group, 2012.
- Schaefer et al., Creation of Partially Polarized Light, in the revise and resubmit process for American Journal of Physics, 2017.
- Schaefer et all, An estimation of the number and size of atoms in printed period, The Physics Teacher, 49, 2011.
- Collett and B. Schaefer, Electrodynamic theory of fluorescence polarization of solutions: theory and application to the determination of protein-protein separation, Applied Optics, 48, 2009.
- Collett and B. Schaefer, The visualization and calculation of polarized light 2. Application of the Hybrid Polarization Sphere, Applied Optics, 47, 2008.
- Collett and B. Schaefer, The visualization and calculation of polarized light 1. The polarization ellipse, the Poincare sphere and the hybrid polarization sphere, Applied Optics, 47, 2008.
- Schaefer and E. Collett, A Rotating Waveplate Polarization Analyzer, from the Wolfram Demonstrations Project, http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/ARotatingWaveplatePolarizationAnalyzer/
- Schaefer, et al, Measuring the Stokes Polarization Parameters, Am. Journal of Physics, 75, 2007.
- Schaefer (nee Allor) M.J. Graf, L.Smith and Z. Fisk, Magnetoresistance of thoriated Ube13, Physica B 165&166, 1990.
- PROVISIONAL PATENTS
- Provisional Patent: Method to determine protein separation using the fluorescence polarization spectrum, Inventors: Edward Collett and Beth Schaefer, Feb 12, 2008.
- Provisional Patent: Method to determine protein separation using fluorescence polarization titration, Inventors: Edward Collett and Beth Schaefer, Jan. 31, 2008.
- Chair of Math, Physics and Computer Science, 2019-
- Chair of Math and Computer Science department, 2002 to 2006; 2010 to 2013
- Chair of Physics Department, 1994-1999, 2002-2013
- Current service: Chair, Rank and Tenure,
- Past service: Third Year Review, General Education, TECC, Academic Standards, Faculty Concerns, Program Review, Handbook, various faculty search committees, Curriculum, Balloting, Sabbatical