EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH




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.

2012-2013
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.

Winter/Summer 2012
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 Truscott of the BYU Mechanical Engineering Department.  This summer I'm continuing work on that project and hope to publish the results.

Summer 2011
My wife and I spent the summer in Jena, Germany, where I worked at the Friedrich Schiller University Institute of Applied Physics. I helped the Fiber and Waveguide Laser Group of Dr. Jens Limpert. I learned Solidworks and designed and ordered a water-cooled vacuum/high-pressure tube to chirp their 200 Watt laser before compression.

Summer 2010
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 thesis. I wrote data analysis and automation programs for the polarimeter and implemented several small improvements to the apparatus for future heavy-metals polarimetry.

Summer 2009
I spent the summer as an invited collaborator with the Kapteyne-Murnane Attosecond Science and Extreme Nonlinear Optics research group at JILA on the campus of the University of Colorado, Boulder. Working in this well-funded and large research group was incredibly exciting. I worked closely with Ethan Townsend and Matt Seaberg on their lensles x-ray microscope.

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 page for results from this work. Additionally, during this time I designed a complex cryogenic high-intensity laser experiment to be constructed in the future.

Summer 2008
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.

Summer 2007
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 Conference.

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       FiO07.ppt

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