Sparks fly--literally--as CU physicist Bob Richardson lectures on the propagation of electromagnetic radiation for PHYS 101/102 (1981).

Richardson is the Floyd R. Newman Professor of Physics, senior science advisor to the President and Provost, and director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell. His collaborative research with David M. Lee and Douglas D. Osheroff led in 1971 to the discovery that helium-3, a rare isotope of helium, can be made a superfluid, that is, flow without resistance at temperatures close to absolute zero. The importance of this discovery, which has transformed research in low-temperature physics, was recognized in 1976 with the awarding of the Sir Francis Simon Memorial Prize in Low-Temperature Physics by Britain's Institute of Physics, and in 1981 with the Oliver E. Buckley Solid State Physics Prize from the American Physical Society. In 1996 Richardson, Lee, and Osheroff shared the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Richardson's 30 years of teaching college physics culminated in his co-authoring of College Physics with Alan Giambattista and Betty Richardson (McGraw-Hill, 2003).

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