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Photon Mass

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Innovations in Teaching and Research in Physics or Engineering Physics III

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Engineering Physics & Physics

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25.1040.1 - 25.1040.6



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Bert Pariser Technical Career Institutes

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Bert Pariser is a faculty member in the Electronic Engineering Technology and the Computer Science Technology departments at Technical Career Institutes. His primary responsibility is developing curriculum and teaching methodology for physics, thermodynamics, electromagnetic field theory, computers, and databases. Pariser has prepared grant proposals to the National Science Foundation, which produced the funding for a Fiber Optics Laboratory. He served as Faculty Advisor to the IEEE and Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society. Pariser was instrumental in merging Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society into the ASEE. In addition, Pariser co-founded five venture companies, and as a management consultant successfully catalyzed more than $100 million of new shareholder value in client businesses. He has led cross-functional client teams in projects to find and capture value-creating profit and growth opportunities. Pariser is a Trustee of Mutual Fund Series Trust and serves as a member or the audit committee. Pariser received a Ph.D. and M.S. from Columbia University and a B.S. from MIT in electrical engineering. Email:

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The Helium Neon Laser operation is dependent on Light Amplification byStimulated Emission of Radiation. The metastable helium atoms in the 3P2 statecollide with the Neon atoms and transfer the energy to the 3S state of neon.When the excited neon atom in 3S releases a photon it drops to the 2P energystate. The quantum of energy is emitted as a photon. In our research ongaseous lasers we demonstrated how this transfer of energy from heliummetastables produces an excited state in the neon atom. Conventional physicshas established that a photon has momentum but does not have mass.However, the experiments on the neutrino in Europe and questioning Einstein’spostulate that nothing moves faster that the speed of light. Now by examining thepropagation of the photon through the laser and out into the air we will examinethe theoretical possibility of determining the mass of the photon!

Pariser, B. (2012, June), Photon Mass Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21797

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