Professor Emeritus of Physics
Joined Connecticut College: 1969
B.S., Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, M.S., Ph.D., Lehigh University
Low energy molecular collisions
Methods for teaching physics
History of physics
Tom Ammirati retired from Connecticut College in 2013.
Professor Tom Ammirati taught Principles of Physics, Physics 103 and 104, Modern Science and Technology: Gateway to a New Millenium, Physics 111 and Classical Mechanics, Physics 319.
During his tenure, Professor Ammirati's teaching and scholarship have been oriented toward engineering physics, including courses in classical and quantum mechanics, as well as introductory, modern and nuclear physics. Most recently, his research has focuesed on the study of proton-molecule collisions. His design of a sophisticated target chamber in the College's Ion Accelerator Laboratory is recognized as the foundation of significant research taking place at the College today.
Some of his recent research has involved re-starting another beam line of the accelerator to resume PIXE (particle/proton-induced X-ray emission) studies on soil samples taken locally. This would provide a non-destructive study of the elemental composition of target materials, basically soil, a technique commonly used by geologists, archaeologists, and art conservators. This research aims to acquaint students with an interesting technique while helping them to learn some fundamentals of physics.
Tom has taught Modern Physics, Thermodynamics, and Optics in the past.
The College benefited from his dedicated service and leadership on numerous committees, including the Priorities, Planning and Budget Committee; the Steering Committee of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment and its precursor, the Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies; the Academic and Administrative Procedures Committee; the Faculty Steering and Conference Committee; the Joint Student-Faculty Budget Committee; the Housefellow Review Committee; and the Steering Committee for the Center for Teaching & Learning, now the Joy Shechtman Mankoff Center for Teaching & Learning. Professor Ammirati also serves the local community as an elected member of the Representative Town Meeting in Waterford, chairing several committees over the years.
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