George Keiser


    George Keiser

    Assistant Professor of Physics

     Ph.D. Boston University, Physics 

     M.A. Boston University, Physics

     B.S. The University of Scranton, Physics


    Prof. Keiser is an experimental physicist whose research focuses on using terahertz frequency light to study materials. He is specifically interested in engineering new types of optical devices that interact with and use terahertz radiation.

    Terahertz (THz) radiation is a type of light, more energetic than microwaves but less energetic than infrared light.  From a physics perspective, THz light is very useful for spectroscopic investigations of a range of physical phenomena in materials. From an engineering perspective, the THz frequencies are an under-used portion of the electromagnetic spectrum and can be used for faster wireless communication and data transfer. The challenge for researchers and engineers is to overcome a lack of sources, detectors, and optics for THz light.  In his research, Prof. Keiser studies ways to fill this technological gap using artificial engineered structures called metamaterials.

    Before joining the faculty at Washington College, Prof. Keiser was a postdoctoral research scientist at Brown University.

    For a full list of publications that has resulted from his research, please see Prof. Keiser’s Google Scholar Page


    In the classroom, Prof. Keiser enjoys teaching courses across the physics curriculum, including both introductory and advanced classes.  As a strong advocate of the importance of writing skills for STEM careers, he works to include instruction in scientific writing throughout his courses.  

    Courses Taught
    PHY 101 College Physics 1
    PHY 102 College Physics 2
    PHY 321 Classical Mechanics
    PHY 352 Electronics
    PHY 394 Optics
    PHY 451 Advanced Physics Laboratory