Optical Data Storage Expert 518572 AZ

Expertise Description

I have more than 25 years of experience in Micro-optics and Optical Data Storage. My experience includes photonics, interference, coherence, thin films, multiple-beam interference, various interferometers, the development of rigorous diffraction theory, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, the optical transfer function, holography and laser speckle, micro-optics for laser diodes and beam shaping, ultraviolet optics, imaging and coherence in microscopy, solid immersion lenses, near-field optics, and advanced physical optics on the nanoscale, with applications in optical data storage, lithography and microscopy. My additional experience includes breaking the “diffraction barrier” by applying the techniques of near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM), developing specialized near-field probes, and applying the solid immersion lens (SIL) in various ways and using a SIL-generated evanescent induced polarization signal to obtain topographical, as well as high-resolution reflectivity, information from a surface. I have over 20 years of expert witness experience with consultations, depositions, and courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise

Professional Experiences

My professional experience includes teaching courses covering microoptics for laser diodes and beam shaping, ultraviolet optics, imaging and coherence inmicroscopy, solid immersion lenses, near-field optics, and physical optics. Other miscellaneous service duties I perform include serving in a leadership role for two optical data storage roadmap studies and one joint research project, organizing and running several technical workshops. My research, teaching and service efforts are synergistic, in that my teaching attracts high-quality students to my research group and prepares them for the work they will do. My service includes providing custom components for other research groups, which broadens my exposure and cooperative research arrangements. At the center of the research is the goal of maximizing information from ever smaller volumes using optical techniques.


Degree Subject Institution
Ph.D. Optical Sciences The University of Arizona
B.S. Electrical Engineering University of Missouri

Awards & Affiliation

The Optical Society (OSA)
Optoelectronics Industry Development Association

Primary Affiliation