Ph.D. Physics, University of Colorado\NIST
B.S. Physics, Montana State University
laser stabilization, metrology, precision spectroscopy, ladar, lidar, atomic physics, photonic signal processing
David P. Atherton
David is alum of Montana State University, graduating in 2003 with a B.S. in Physics. His senior thesis was on modeling gravitational radiation from white dwarf binary systems in the galactic halo. He went on to earn an M.S. in Physics in 2008 from The University of Nevada, Reno with his thesis, “Time and Spatially Resolved Laser Induced Ablation Plumes.” After three years away from academia, David returned to UNR to pursue a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics. He completed this work in May 2015 with his dissertation: “Sensitive Force Measurements with Optically Trapped Micro-Spheres in High Vacuum.” He also earned an MBA with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. David's current interests lie within the challenges of commercializing scientific technologies.
I have had the opportunity to work on developing LIDAR and DIAL systems, optimizing and characterizing various laser systems, numerical modeling, quantitative image acquisition and analysis, fluorescence microscopy, two-photon imaging and spectroscopy, protein engineering, directed evolution, and fluorescent protein characterization. I am constantly trying to broaden my research experience and am interested in the applications of laser based technologies and bridging the gap between exciting new demonstrations of laser technology and real world applications and implementation of those technologies.
William Randal Babbitt
Professor Babbitt’s main research interest is developing applications of spatial-spectral holography. Spatial-spectral holography combines the spatial storage and processing attributes of persistent spectral holeburning. Spatial-spectral holographic (SSH) phenomenon encompasses optical coherent transients, photon echoes, and time-domain spectral hologram analogous to the manner in which angled beams are recorded in spatial holograms. A SSH material is basically a fully programmable spectral filter with ultra-high spectral resolution and broad processing bandwidth whose impulse response is dictated be the programming pulses and their temporal shapes and their relative delay and directional. An appropriately programmed material processes incoming broadband optical beams by multiplying their Fourier decomposition be the material’s programmed frequency response, resulting in a processed output temporal waveform. SSH materials thus offer an unmatched ability to store, process, and route complex broadband optical signals with precise phase and delay control.
B.S. Physics; Randolph Macon College 1987
M.S. Physics; Montana State University 1994
Cal began working for Spectrum Lab in February of 2004. Previously he worked in a variety of optics research positions including work at the Naval Research Lab, ’87 – ’91, studying the transient effects of radiation induced damage in optical fibers, and at ILX Lightwave Corporation, ’00 – ’02, building and managing a lab for calibrating the optical responsivity of photodiodes.
Dr. Krishna Rupavatharam
M.Sc Physics, SSS Institute of Higher Learning, Prashanti Nilayam, India
Ph.D. Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore India
Krishna's current research is geared towards developing applications of S2 technology. He has worked on developing a microwave spectrum analyzer for capturing and analyzing large bandwidth RF signals. Krishna's past research involved modeling and high level simulation of the S2CHIP as well as the design and implementation. He is also an adjunct faculty at Lund Institute of Technology and engages in research on quantum information processing involving rare-earth doped crystals. Krishna joined the Spectrum Lab in the Fall of 1999 as a research scientist.
Krishna's doctoral thesis dealt with Optical Phase Conjugation and Phase Conjugate Interferometry. The research involved the development of phase conjugate holographic devices using both polymers and photorefractive crystals, transient phase conjugation in polymers, high sensitivity phase conjugate and holographic real-time interferometers.
In 1997, he joined Prof. Kroll's group in Lund Institute of Technology, Lund, Sweden, where he worked on time domain optical data storage and quantum optics of phase memory systems. The research included diverse topics such as single photon self-interference realization, time domain analog of Fresnel to Fraunhofer diffraction transition, bit-selective erasure of photon echo based memories and fiber-based photon echo amplifiers.
B.S Electrical Engineering, 1986, Montana State University
M.S Electrical Engineering, 1992, Montana State University
Tia joined the Spectrum Lab in January of 2010 as a research engineer. Her current research is geared towards developing applications of spectral-spatial holographic technologies. She works on developing a RF and microwave spectrum analyzer for capturing and analyzing very large bandwidth RF signals. Some technologies involved in her research system integration include high frequency signal generators and various RF components, laser electro-optic modulation and diffraction devices, rare earth crystals at cryogenic temperatures, and multiple signal capture and analysis techniques. Her past research involved electromagnetic interference and compatibility, fuzzy logic, high order statistics, and lidar/ladar. Tia also was adjunct faculty at Montana State University from 2001 to 2010 and is an experienced instructor for digital logic design, electrical power generation and distribution, machines, analog circuits, and signal processing. Tia enjoys teaching and tutoring young people and has been a substitute teacher, tutor, or robot club coach, specializing in math and science for grades K-8 since 1999.
Diane Wesen Harn
Administrative Associate IV