Professor Mark Csele

Mark CseleProfessor Mark Csele

Welcome to my little, cosy, corner of the web, same URL since 19971 … oh yes, and the name ‘Csele’ is pronounced ‘Chelly’ or ‘Chell-eh’ 2

Who am I?

I am a full-time professor at a small, but one of the fastest growing, colleges in Niagara, Canada, teaching photonics (laser engineering) and thin-film technology. I have authored two books on lasers as well as an article in the Kirk-Othmer Chemical Encyclopedia. At one time I taught embedded systems design using both MCU’s and DSP’s: that task is now relegated to “hobby” status and in the past few years I have published a few articles in Circuit Cellar magazine.

What I do in my Personal Life

That, pretty much, is what this site is about! Having taught embedded development for many years, and worked professionally in the field as an engineer, I still enjoy electronics and embedded development but now as a hobby, building odd projects (including many for labs at the college). I have a few pinball machines and a homebuilt MAME arcade machine …just click on a few menu items on the nav bar on the top of this page.

Courses I Currently Teach

Courses Description
PHTN1300: Principles Of Light Sources and Lasers An introduction to light sources including basic quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, and the fundamentals of lasers (e.g. quantum processes involved, laser gain, optics, etc.).
PHTN9120: Fundamentals Of Light Sources and Lasers Part of our Advanced Lasers program, covers light sources (including basic quantum mechanics), spectroscopy, and the fundamentals of lasers including the mathematical modeling of laser processes.
PHTN1400: Principles Of Laser Systems A practical look at specific laser systems (including ion, solid-state, and excimer lasers) including details on maintenance, troubleshooting, and operation.
PHTN9180: Laser Systems The application of theory from PHTN9120 to various practical laser systems.
PHTN1432: Vacuum Systems and Thin Film Technology
PHTN9190: Vacuum Systems and Thin Film Technology
Covering the theory and practice of high vacuum systems as well as thin film deposition. Includes physical behaviour of gases and the technology of vacuum systems plus applications including high-vacuum coating systems, gas laser tube filling, and mass spectroscopy. This is an extremely practical course which is the essence of college education: the application of theory to real-world problems and structures.
PHTN1500: Advanced Laser Theory Covering the mathematical modelling of lasers (primarily solid-state lasers) to predict required pump energy, power output, and time-domain behaviour.

1This site is hosted on the technology server which has undergone many changes. It all started with an OS/2 Warp box in 1997, migrating to a Sun Enterprise 3500 server from 2001 to 2012, and most recently a generic Unix box after the Sun box finally died.
2 the surname is of Hungarian extraction where a ‘CS’ is pronounced ‘CH’ and so ‘Chelly’ is about as close at it gets. BTW, the literal translation of ‘csele’ is ‘ruse’ as in a trick played during a sports game to throw the opposing team off. Not sure how that figures-in to the bigger scheme of things but that’s the way it is