Professor 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
|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