Why do chemicals have to be heated in the flame first before the colored light is emitted?
Professor Michael Weissman received an AB degree in mathematics in 1970 from Harvard University and master's and doctoral degrees in physics from the University of California, San Diego, in 1972 and 1976, respectively. He worked as a postdoctoral research associate in chemistry at Harvard University from 1976 until 1978, when he joined the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1984, and in 1989, became a full professor of physics.
Professor Weissman has explored noise in condensed matter systems in a wide range of settings, including disordered magnetic, ferroelectric, conducting, and superconducting materials. He and his group have developed a number of novel noise techniques now used by others the materials science community. He has also held a long-standing interest in the foundations of quantum mechanics and the quantum measurement issue.
Professor Weissman is a dedicated teacher and earns high marks from former students, who commend his knowledge of the subject material, his concern for their questions, and his enthusiasm for teaching.
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