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George Rutherford

Associate Professor
  • BIOGRAPHY
  • B.S. in Physics, Mississippi State University, 1986 PhD in Physics, Rice University, 1991 (conferred 1992) Postdoctoral research position, Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories, Richland, WA 1991 - 1993 Joined the ISU Physics faculty in 1993.
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • PHY 370.Sec 001 Advanced Experimental Physics
  • PHY 390.Sec 011 Computational Research In Physics
  • HON 286.Sec 007 Honors Undergraduate Research II
  • PHY 299.Sec 011 Independent Honor Study
  • PHY 287.Sec 011 Independent Study
  • PHY 110.Sec 001 Physics For Science And Engineering I
  • PHY 110.Sec 002 Physics For Science And Engineering I
  • PHY 110.Sec 003 Physics For Science And Engineering I
  • PHY 110.Sec 005 Physics For Science And Engineering I
  • PHY 110.Sec 006 Physics For Science And Engineering I
  • PHY 290.Sec 011 Research In Physics
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • I. Advanced laboratory and other applied topics such as statics and electronics II. Project-based learning, especially innovative ideas that support entrepreneurial education
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • I. Nonlinear dynamics, especially in mechanical systems (the chaotic waterwheel). II. Mott electron polarimeters and the use of electron spin in atomic, molecular, and optical physics. III. Understanding the way students understand and learn measurement concepts, especially length, area, and volume.
  • Ph D Physics - 1991
  • Rice University
  • Houston, TX
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: The Use of Spin-labelling Techniques in the Study of Penning Ionization Reaction Dynamics
  • MA Physics - 1989
  • Rice University
  • Houston, TX
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: An Intense Source of Spin-polarized Electrons Based on an Optically-pumped Flowing Helium Afterglow
  • BS Physics - 1986
  • Mississippi State University
  • Starkville, MS
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • S. Campbell, A.M. OConnell, G.H. Rutherford and R. Grobe,  "Impact of large-angle scattering on diffusive reflectance", Optics Letters 32 (5), 560 (Mar. 2007).

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S. Campbell, S. Menon, Q. Su, G.H. Rutherford and R. Grobe, "Scaling of light-scattering with density of scatterers", Las. Phys. 17 (2), 117 (2007)

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G.H. Rutherford, M. Narter, S. Menon, Q. Su and R. Grobe, "Imaging in turbid media with intensity modulated lasers", Las. Phys. 16, 627-630 (2006).

  • G.H. Rutherford, M. Marsalli, Q. Su and R. Grobe, "An iterative approach to photon propagation in turbid media", Las. Phys. 13, 207-212 (2003).

  • G. H. Rutherford, M. Marsalli, Q. Su, and R. Grobe, “Imaging in turbid media using modulation frequency scanning”, Phys. Rev. E 68, 066618 (2003).

  • P.J. Peverly, R.E. Wagner, G.H. Rutherford, M. Marsalli, Q. Su and R. Grobe, "Photon density waves in macro- and microscopic plane-parallel scattering samples", Phys. Rev. E 65, 031908 1-7 (March 2002).

  • Q. Su, G.H. Rutherford, W. Harshawardhan and R. Grobe, "Non-diffusive behavior of laser beams in a highly scattering medium", Laser Physics 11, 94-101 (2001).

  • J. C. Csesznegi, G. H. Rutherford, Q. Su, and R. Grobe, "Dynamics of Wave Packets in Inhomogeneous and Homogeneous Magnetic Fields," Laser Physics 9, 41 (1999).

  • G. H. Rutherford and R. Grobe, "Comment on ‘Stern-Gerlach Effect for Electron Beams’" Physical Review Letters 81, 4772 (1998).

  • G. H. Rutherford and R. Grobe, "Spin Dynamics of Electrons in a Uniform, Inhomogeneous Magnetic Field," Journal of Physics A 31, 9331 (1998).

  • R.L. Gordon, D.R. Sieglaff, G.H. Rutherford, and K.L. Stricklett, "Optically enhanced electron attachment to p-Benzoquinone", International Journal of Mass Spectrometry and Ion Processes  164, 177-191 (1997).

  • G.H. Rutherford,  P.A. Soletsky, W.H. Bryan, F.B. Dunning, and G.K. Walters, "Dynamics of Penning ionization reactions involving He (23S) metastable atoms", J Chem Phys  99, 5112 (1993).

  • G.H. Rutherford,  P.A. Soletsky, W.H. Bryan, F.B. Dunning, and G.K. Walters, "Use of spin-labelling techniques to study the dynamics of Penning ionization reactions", Phys Rev A  46, 230 (1992).

  • G.H. Rutherford,  J.M. Ratliff,  J.G. Lynn,  F.B. Dunning and G.K. Walters, "Improved source of polarized electrons based on a flowing afterglow", Rev Sci Instrum  61, 1460 (1990).

  • J.M. Ratliff, G.H. Rutherford, F.B. Dunning and G.K. Walters, "Electron exchange in collisions with O2 and NO", Phys Rev A  39, 5584  (1989).

  • PRESENTATIONS
  • Richard Martin and George Rutherford, Experimental study of the Malkus-Lorenz chaotic water wheel, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City, University of Science, Department of Physics, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, July 22, 2010 (Invited).
  • FUNDED GRANTS