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impactful publications, novel advancements, and community engagement

For more information about PULSE or student opportunities contact Dustin Froula or one of the scientists in the division.

Plasma & Ultrafast Laser Science & Engineering Group Graduate Students

Manfred Virgil Ambat

Manfred Virgil Ambat

Mechanical Engineering Department
B. S. Electrical Engineering/Computer Sciences and Nuclear Engineering in 2019 from the University of California at Berkeley
Technical Advisor: Dr. Jessica Shaw
Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula

Zach Barfield

Zach Barfield

Physics and Astronomy Department
B.S. Astrophysics 2019 from SUNY Geneseo
Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Thesis title: Heat Transport in High Magnetic Fields

Hunter Markland

Hunter Markland

Physics and Astronomy Department
B.S. Physics, 2022 SUNY Geneseo
Technical Advisor: Dr. Jeremy Pigeon
Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula

Kyle McMillen

Kyle McMillen

Physics and Astronomy Department
B.S. Physics from Missouri University of Science and Technology
Technical Advisor: Dr. Jessica Shaw
Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula

Khanh Linh Nguyen

Khanh Linh Nguyen

Physics and Astronomy Department
B.S. Mathematics and Physics, 2017, University of Mount Union
Advisor: Prof. John Palastro

Dillon Ramsey

Dillon Ramsey

Physics Department
B.S. Physics and Mathematics, 2018, SUNY Geneseo
Advisor: Prof. John Palastro

Tanner Simpson

Tanner Simpson

Physics and Astronomy Department
B.S. Physics, 2018, Oregon State University
Advisor: Prof. John Palastro

Matthew VanDusen-Gross

Matthew VanDusen-Gross

Physics and Astronomy Department
B.S. Physics in 2020, Rutgers University
Associate of Arts in Physics, 2017, Palm Beach State College
Advisor: Dr. Hans Rinderknecht

Junchi Zhang

Junchi Zhang

Department of Precision Instrument
B.Eng in 2019 from Tsinghua University
Technical Advisor: Prof. William Donaldson

Academic Advisor: Prof. Govid Agrawal
Thesis title: Slow Light in Photonic Crystal Fiber

Graduated Students

Sara Bucht

Sara Bucht

M.S. Physics 2015 from the University of Rochester
B.S. Physics 2010 from the University of Puget Sound
Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Technical Advisor: Dr. Dan Haberberger/Dr. Jake Bromage
After Degree: Senior Laboratory Engineer, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Rochester, NY

Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies

Ph.D. Physics and Astronomy in 2019 from University of Rochester
B.S. Astrophysics 2012 from St. Cloud State University
Technical Advisor: Dr. Dan Haberberger
Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Thesis title:  Picosecond Thomson-Scattering Spectroscopy Investigation of Thermodynamics in Laser-Plasma Amplifiers
After Degree: Senior Scientist, Topcon Healthcare Solutions, San Jose, CA

Amanda Davis

Amanda Davis

Ph.D. Physics and Astronomy in 2017 from University of Rochester
B.S. Engineering Physics 2012 from the University of Arizona
Technical Advisor: Dr. Tomline Michel
Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Thesis: Laser Ablation and Hydrodynamic Coupling in Direct-Drive Inertial-Confinement-Fusion Experiments
After Degree: National Nuclear Security Administration Graduate Fellowship, Washington DC

Russ Follett

Russell Follett

Ph.D Physics in 2015 from University of Rochester
B.S. Physics in 2008 from Colorado State University
Technical Advisor/Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Thesis title: The Multiple-Beam Two-Plasmon-Decay Instability
After Degree: Assistant Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Rochester, NY

Phil Franke

Philip Franke

Physics and Astronomy Department
Ph.D. Physics and Astronomy in 2022 from University of RochesterB.S. Physics in 2016 from the University of Texas at AustinAdvisor: Prof. Dustin FroulaThesis title: Spatiotemporal Pulse Shaping for Laser-Plasma-Based Applications
After Degree: Laser-Plasma Interaction Scientist, Tau Systems, Austin, TX

Aaron Hansen

Aaron Hansen

Physics and Astronomy Department
Ph.D. Physics in 2021 from University of Rochester
B.S. Physics in 2015 from the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities
Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Thesis title: Cross-Beam Energy Transfer Saturation
After Degree: Postdoctoral Fellow, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

Robert Henchen

Robert Henchen

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering in 2018 from University of Rochester
B.A. Mathematics, B.A. Physics 2011 from SUNY Geneseo
Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Thesis: Direct Measurements of Nonlocal Heat Flux in Laser-Produced Coronal Plasmas using Thomson Scattering from Electron-Plasma Waves
After Degree: Image Science Engineer, Harris Corporation, Rochester, NY

Luis Leal

Luis Leal

Physics Department
B.S. Physics, 2012, University of California, Santa Barbara
Technical Advisor: Prof. Andrei Maximov
Thesis:  Plasma Dynamics in Magnetized Laser-generated Plasmas
Academic Advisor: Prof. Riccardo Betti

Avi Milder

Avi Milder

Physics and Astronomy Department
Ph.D. Physics in 2021 from University of Rochester
B.S. Physics & Math in 2015 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Thesis title: Electron Velocity Distribtuion Functions and Thomson Scattering
After Degree: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Candida

Soumtochukwu (Somto) Nwabunwanne

Solumtochukwu (Somto) Nwabunwanne

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2023 from University of Rochester
Masters Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2013 from University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Bachelors of Engineering in Electrical Engineering in 2007 from University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Advisor: Prof. William Donaldson

Thesis title: Ultrafast Aluminum Gallium Nitride based Metal Semiconductor Metal Ultraviolet Photodetectors

Brent Plansinis

Brent Plansinis

Ph.D. Optics in 2017 from University of Rochester
B.S. Physics 2011 from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Technical Advisor: Prof. William Donaldson
Academic Advisor: Prof. Govind Agrawal
Thesis: Applications of Space-Time Duality
After Degree: Senior Specialist, Optical Engineering, L3Harris Technologies, Orlando, FL

Colin Stillman.

Collin Stillman

National Nuclear Security Administration Fellow
Ph.D. Physics and Astronomy in 2018 from University of Rochester
B.A. Physics in 2013 from SUNY Geneseo
Technical Advisor: Dr. Phil Nilson
Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Thesis: High-Energy-Density Radiative and Material Properties Studies using Picosecond X-ray Spectroscopy
After Degree: Image Scientist, L3Harris Technologies, Rochester, NY

Yiming Zhao.

Yiming Zhao

Ph.D. Materials Science in 2018 from University of Rochester
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering 2012
from Central South University, China
Advisor: Prof. William Donaldson
Thesis: AlGaN Metal-Semiconductor-Metal UV Photodetectors
After Degree: Senor Reliability Engineer, SLD Laser, Fremont, CA