Organic Optical Materials Group





PEOPLE

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Nathan J. Dawson

Associate Professor of Physics and Engineering
College of Natural and Computational Sciences
Hawaii Pacific University
Office: AC 311A
email: ndawson@hpu.edu

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Washington State University
Pullman, WA, USA

Education
PhD - physics, Washington State University
Graduate Certificate - opto-electronics, Washington State University
BS - physics, University of Idaho
(Curriculum Vitae)




COLLABORATORS

Michael Crescimanno

Professor of Physics
Department of Physics, Astronomy, Geology, and Environmental Science
Youngstown State University
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Mark G. Kuzyk

Professor of Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Washington State University
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UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS

Frank Sun

Frank is working on a new class of optical power meter based on the photomechanical effect in poly(dimethyl siloxane).



FORMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS

Aaron Weiser

Aaron helped to characterize spin coated films during the design and construction of an automated multilayer spin coater. He is pursuing a B.S. in Physics at Youngstown State University and plans on attending graduate school with an emphasis in condensed matter physics.

Jacob Abell

Jacob helped to finish the automated multilayer spin coater project which quickly fabricates multilayer photonic structures. He was a 3+2 engineering student and transfered to USC to complete his undergraduate studies.

Zoe Lowther

Zoe worked on the automated multilayer spin coater project and the self-healing laser prototype. Her interests are at the intersection of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, where she plans to attend graduate school and aims to work on the Neuralink project which allows paralyzed patients to communicate with technological devices.

Yunli Lu

Yunli was an undergraduate Biochemistry student at HPU. He worked on the experimental self-healing, dye-doped polymer project using both ASE and microresonator laser measurements to understand and apply the recovery mechanisms in some dye/polymer systems.

Nicholas Christianson

Nick was an undergraduate Biochemistry student at HPU. He worked on the experimental self-healing, dye-doped polymer ASE measurements for use in solid-state laser systems.

Onassis Nottage

Onassis was an undergraduate majoring in Mathematics and Engineering Physics. He developed Python programs to study low-dimensional quantum systems described by the Schrodinger equation. He used these simulations to study the optical properties of exotic systems described by the fractional Schrodinger equation.

Najee Stubbs

Najee was an undergraduate majoring in Engineering Physics with interests in aerospace engineer. He worked on the self-healing biomaterials project, which probes the photodegradation and recovery processes of organic laser dyes in biopolymers.

Mauricio Bridgewater

Mauricio was an undergraduate majoring in Engineering with interdisciplinary interests in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and blood lasing. Mauricio worked on the self-healing biomaterials project probing photodegradation and recovery of DO11 doped in PLA.