Dr. Maria Becker | Hastings College

Dr. Maria Becker

Assistant Professor of Physics
Morrison-Reeves 107

Dr. Becker recently joined the Hastings College Department of Chemistry and Physics. This fall she will be teaching modern physics and assisting with the college physics course.

She earned her bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010, 2013, and 2016, respectively.

Dr. Becker’s current research interests include foundations of quantum mechanics and electromagnetism. She was previously at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where she conducted research on metrology for next-generation wireless communication technology as a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Fellow. As a graduate student at UNL, her research focused on ultra-fast free-electron quantum optics.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • American Physical Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

Selected Publications

  • Correlation-based uncertainty in loaded reverberation chambers, M. Becker, M. Frey, S. Streett, K. A. Remley, R. D. Horansky, and D. Senic, accepted for publication in IEEE Trans. Ant. And Prop., May, 2018.
  • Observation of quantum forces in the Aharonov-Bohm effect, M. Becker, G. Guzzinati, B. Armand, J. Verbeeck, and H. Batelaan, submitted to Nature Communications, https://arxiv.org/abs/1705.07139.
  • Dispersionless forces: Experimental test for classical back-action in the Aharonov-Bohm effect, M. Becker and H. Batelaan, European Physics Letters, 115 (1) 10011 (2016).
  • Measuring intrinsic curvature of space with electromagnetism, M. Mabin, M. Becker, and H. Batelaan, The Physics Teacher, 54, 416 (2016).
  • On the classical coupling between gravity and electromagnetism, M. Becker, A. Caprez, and H. Batelaan, Atoms 3 (3) 320-338, (2015).
  • Dispersionless forces and the Aharonov-Bohm effect, H. Batelaan and M. Becker, European Physics Letters, 112, 40006, (2015).
  • Measurement of the ultrafast temporal response of a plasmonic antenna, M. Becker, W. Huang, H. Batelaan, E. J. Smythe, F. Capasso, Ann. der Phys., 525, L6-L11, (2013), cover article.

Selected Invited Talks

  • Double-Slit Diffraction from the Vacuum Field Guiding Equation, presented at the Stochastic Electrodynamics (SED) 2018 meeting, Boston, MA, July 17-19, 2018.
  • Bringing Precision to 5G Test: Activities in the U.S., Scientific Workshop on 5G testbeds, measurements, opportunities, challenges, and standardization, 12th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) held in London, April 9-13, 2018.
  • Controlled electron double-slit diffraction, Department of Physics, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China, May 2015.
  • An experiment for measuring surface curvature using principles of electromagnetism, Nebraska chapter of the American Association for Physics Teachers annual meeting, October 2014.

Selected Grants and Awards

  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016
  • UNL Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, 2014
  • GAANN Graduate Fellowship, 2012
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Honor Society, 2010
  • NASA Research Fellowship, 2009

Maria also loves the great outdoors. Her time outside of the classroom is often spent trail running, backpacking, skiing, windsurfing, or adventure motorcycling.