I currently work as an applied physicist in an electronics research capacity at Alpha Metals.
I develop test methods for solder and die attach materials with an
emphasis on LED thermal conductivity. My work also includes automation,
machine vision, electronics assembly, LabVIEW and Matlab programming,
and technical writing.
I was an electronics technician (contractor) at the Duracell R&D headquarters, in Danbury, CT. While there, I developed LabVIEW test programs and a Matlab data analysis suite to assist in rechargeable battery research.
During my mechanical engineering
instrumentation class I developed a method for performing high-speed
3-D imaging of sythetic vocal folds using a laser and an inexpensive
2-D diffraction grating. This work is part of the research of Dr. Tadd
of the BYU Mechanical Engineering Department. This summer I'm
continuing work on that project and hope to publish the results.
My wife and I spent the summer in Jena,
Germany, where I worked at the Friedrich Schiller University Institute of Applied Physics
helped the Fiber and Waveguide Laser
of Dr. Jens Limpert. I learned Solidworks and designed and ordered a
water-cooled vacuum/high-pressure tube to chirp their 200 Watt laser
I was a summer research associate in
the Physics Phenomenology branch of the Army Research Laboratory
at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. As part of the Materials and Weapons
Research Directorate's Protection Division I worked on the physics of
experimental vehicle armor.
2009-2010 School Year
Much of the year I spent working on
various aspects of my senior
I wrote data analysis and automation programs for the polarimeter and
implemented several small improvements to the apparatus for future
2008-2009 School Year
The BYU High-intensity Laser Group
moved back into the remodeled underground lab. After re-assembling all
of the equipment (a process that took four months) I assisted Ph.D.
candidate Nicole Brimhall in building two new high-harmonic
experiments. See the publications
for results from this work. Additionally, during this time I designed a
complex cryogenic high-intensity laser experiment to be constructed in
Using the EUV polarimeter I
characterized the gas transmission of O2 and H2 for comparison with
published H2O transmission curves. During this time the BYU
High-intensity Laser Group also relocated temporarily, necessitating
re-assembly of the high-intensity laser and EUV polarimeter, a complex
process of which I took a dominant role.
I worked on the construction of our
extreme-ultraviolet polarimeter which uses the high-harmonic light
generated by our high-intensity laser. Specifically, I designed and
constructed a harmonic attenuator used to increase the effective
dynamic range of our detection system.
Please see the downloadable presentation below from the undergraduate
session of Frontiers in Optics 2007 and later revised for the 2008 BYU
College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Spring Research
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