Non-linear Optics and Quantum Electronics
Dr. Alfred Levine
Professor of Engineering Sciences and Physics
Director of the Center for Environmental Science
Program Coordinator for Master’s Program in Environmental Science
Dr. Levine has immersed himself in many different areas of study, including: plasma physics, non-linear optics, chemical physics, and condensed matter physics, as well as environmental science.
His research includes studying Non-linear Optics and Quantum Electronics in collaboration with AT&T Bell Laboratories and Sandi National Laboratories, and developing an “induced-grating autocorrelation technique” for measuring light pulses. Another one of Dr. Levine’s research projects, conducted in partnership with colleagues from the Netherlands, led to the discovery of a new method for removing noise from optical fibers; through the use of mirrors. This study focused on mode-hopping in diode lasers, where the change in wavelengths produces noise as travels over the optical fibers.
While studying high-speed data networks in optical fibers, Levine and his colleague, CSI Assistant Professor Neophytos Antoniades discovered new, non-linear properties of optical fibers: cell-phase mode and 4 wave mixing.
Dr. Alfred Levine has been working at the College of Staten Island for 36 years. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cooper Union and obtained both a Master’s and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. He teaches in the Department of Engineering Science and Physics, is the Director of the Center for Environmental Science and is the Program Coordinator for the Master’s Program in Environmental Science.
One of his colleagues, CSI Professor Donna Gerstle has also been working an important study. The Associate Director of the Environmental Science Department has been researching environmental epidemiology, and how the environmental factors affect cancer rates in Staten Island. For the past few years she has been recording and analyzing cancer rates among Staten Islanders and their length of residence in Staten Island. Dr. Levine believes, that “there is no question that Staten Island cancer rates are high.”
The humble Dr. Levine spoke about many of his students in Engineering Science and Physics, who have also done remarkable work. The following student projects were completed while taking ENS 491 and ENS 492 courses:
- The creation of a new type of windmill,
- Experiments in nanotechnology,
- The creation of a small fuel cell, made of methanol, for a cellular phone, and
- A research project on increasing coral growth.