Matthew E. Anderson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physics

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-1233

phone: (619) 594-2468                                                                                             e-mail: matt@sciences.sdsu.edu

 

 


EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy, 1998

Physics, University of Oregon

Department of Physics and Oregon Center for Optics, Eugene, Oregon.

Bachelor of Science, 1990

Physics, University of California at San Diego,  La Jolla, California.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Associate Professor: Department of Physics, San Diego State University (2006 – present).

Visiting Professor:  University of Oxford (June 2007 - Jan 2008).

Assistant Professor: Department of Physics, San Diego State University (2000 – 2006).

Postdoctoral Fellow: The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester (1998-2000).

                                   Mentor: Ian A. Walmsley (presently at the University of Oxford).

Instructor, University of Rochester, Spring 1999.

Instructor, Rochester Institute of Technology, Fall 1998.

Graduate Student: Department of Physics, The University of Oregon (1990-1997)

   Adviser: Michael G. Raymer.

Research Assistant, University of Oregon, 1993 - 1997.

Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon, 1990-1993.

 

UNIVERSITY AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY ACTIVITIES

Member: SDSU College of Sciences Research Committee

Academic Senator:  SDSU Senate (2006 - present).

Director:  SDSU Society of Physics Students.

Member:  Distinguished Traveling Lecturer Committee, Optical Society of America, American Physical Society.

Reviewer:  Physical Review, Applied Physics, Optics Letters, Optics Express, Applied Optics, National Science Foundation, American Chemical Society.

 

AWARDS

1.     “2010 Oustanding Physics Faculty,” award designated by the Department Chair.

2.     “2007 Outstanding Faculty Award,” this award is given annually to one professor in the SDSU Department of Physics.

3.      “2004 Excellence in Teaching Award,” sponsored by Northrop Grumman.  This award is given annually to one professor in the SDSU College of Sciences.

4.     “2004 Outstanding Faculty Award,” this award is given annually to one professor in the SDSU Department of Physics.

 

GRANT HISTORY

  1. “The tractorm beam: Generating vortex laser rings to trap and move particles,” PI: Matt Anderson, SDSU University Grants Program ($9048) submitted Oct 2010.
  2. “Sculpting white-light femtosecond vortices for applications to nonlinear propagation, microscopy, and trapping,” PI: Matt Anderson, National Science Foundation ($337,678), submitted Sep 2010.
  3. “Sculpting vortex fields in femtosecond lasers and cold atoms,” Matt Anderson and Michael Bromley, San Diego Foundation Blasker ($74,600), submitted Feb 2010.
  4. “IGERT: Catalytic Approaches to Sustainable Energy,” PI: Doug Grotjahn, SDSU Chemistry, participant: Matt Anderson. Submitted to NSF 2009.
  5. “Exploring the quantum nature of light with a 2D spatial light modulator,” San Diego Foundation ($66,830), status: awarded 7/1/06.
  6. “Studying blue-light induced red absorption with shaped ultrashort laser pulses,” submitted to SDSU Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award ($4500) 9/25/03, status: awarded 11/10/03.
  7. "Studying material ablation with temporal sequences of ultrashort laser pulses," submitted to The American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, ($35,000) 5/15/03, status: awarded 11/19/03.
  8. "Theoretical Analysis, Exploratory Studies and Technical Services," submitted to DOD Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command by the SDSU Foundation with Dr. Lowell Burnett (program manager) and Dr. Matt Anderson (associate program manager), ($10,246,186), status: awarded 9/5/03.
  9. “Measuring blue pulses with SPIDER,” submitted to SDSU International Travel Grant for travel to Oxford University ($3000), status: awarded 7/1/03.
  10.  “Studying blue-light induced red absorption with shaped ultrashort laser pulses,” submitted to Research Corporation Cottrell College Science Award ($38,074), status: awarded 5/13/02.
  11. The physics of optical breakdown in transparent materials using ultrashort laser pulses,” submitted to SDSU Faculty Grant-In-Aid ($3,775), status: awarded 1/11/02.
  12.  The physics of optical breakdown in transparent materials using ultrashort laser pulses,” submitted to SDSU Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award ($4,995), status: awarded 11/9/2001.
  13. "Using ultrashort pulsed lasers for refractive eye surgery," submitted to San Diego Foundation Blasker Grant ($42,650) status: awarded 5/16/01.
  14. “Fun with Optics: Demos to Local K-12,” submitted to Optical society of America Activity Grant ($1,000), status: awarded  2/9/01.
  15. “A novel system for controlling and analyzing ultrafast laser beam alignment,” submitted to SDSU Faculty Grant-In-Aid ($4,000), status: awarded 1/29/01.
  16. “Physics on ultrafast time scales,” submitted to SDSU Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award ($4,250), status: awarded 12/11/2000.
  17. Startup from SDSU ($100,000), status: awarded 8/21/2000.

 

PUBLICATIONS

  1. “Gold-SPIDER: spectral phase interferometry for direct electric field reconstruction utilizing sum-frequency generation from a gold surface,” Matthew E. Anderson, Tobias Witting, and Ian A. Walmsley, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 25, pp. A13-A16 (2008).
  2. “SPIDER:A decade of measuring ultrashort pulses,” M.E. Anderson, A. Monmayrant, S.-P. Gorza, P. Wasylczyk, I.A. Walmsley, Laser Physics Letters 5, 259-266 (2008).
  3. “Two-photon absorption and blue-light induced red absorption in LiTaO3 waveguides,” Andy Carson and Matthew E. Anderson, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 23, 1129-1136 (2006).
  4. “Simplified Spectral Phase Interferometry for Direct Electric-field Reconstruction using a thick nonlinear crystal,” Aleksandr S. Radunsky, Ellen M. Kosik Williams, Matthew E. Anderson , Piotr Wasylczyk, Wojciech Wasilewski, Alfred B. U'Ren, and Ian A. Walmsley, Opt. Lett. 31, 1008-1010 (2006).
  5. “Compressing femtosecond laser pulses non-iteratively,” Matthew E. Anderson, Josh Thornes, and Phillip Poon, Optics & Photonics News, “Optics in 2004,” 15, 43, (December 2004).
  6.  “All-reflective automated beam alignment device for ultrafast lasers,” M. Anderson and C. Ward, Am. J. Phys. 72, 1347-1350 (2004) and in the Virtual Journal of Ultrafast Science Vol 3 Issue 10, www.vjultrafast.org, (October 2004).
  7. "Single-iteration compression of femtosecond laser pulses," J. Thornes, P. Poon, and M. E. Anderson, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 21, 1387 (2004) and in the Virtual Journal of Ultrafast Science Vol 3 Issue 8, www.vjultrafast.org, (August 2004).
  8. “Measuring ultrashort optical pulses in the presence of noise: an empirical study of the performance of spectral phase interferometry for direct electric field reconstruction,” Steven Jensen and Matthew E. Anderson, Appl. Opt. 43, 883 (2004).
  9. “Efficient implementation of the Bernstein-Vazirani algorithm,” P. Londero, C. Dorrer, M. E. Anderson, S. Wallentowitz, K. Banaszek and I. A. Walmsley, Phys. Rev. A 69, 010302(R) (2004) and in the Virtual Journal of Quantum Information Vol 4 Issue 1, www.vjquantuminfo.org (January 2004).
  10. "Measuring ultrafast pulses in the near-ultraviolet using spectral phase interferometry for direct electric field reconstruction," P. Londero, M. E. Anderson, C. Radzewicz, C. Iaconis, and I. A. Walmsley, Journal of Modern Optics 50, 179 (2003).
  11. “So you want to be a professor!  Tales from an academic job search.” M. E. Anderson, Physics Today special issue on Careers and Physicists, 54, 50 (April 2001).
  12. "Precision and Accuracy of Ultrashort Optical Pulse Measurement Using SPIDER," E. M. Kosik, M. E. Anderson, L. E. E. de Araujo, and I. A. Walmsley, Springer series in chemical physics. 66, (2000) 120-122.
  13.  “The effects of noise on ultrashort optical pulse reconstruction using SPIDER,” M. E. Anderson, L. E. E. de Araujo, E. M. Kosik and I. A. Walmsley, Appl. Phys. B. 70, S85-S93 (2000).
  14. “Real-Time Optical Pulse Characterization Using SPIDER,” M. E. Anderson, T. M. Shuman, C. Iaconis and I. A. Walmsley, Optics & Photonics News’ Optics in ‘99 issue, p. 45 (Dec. 1999).
  15. “Real-time SPIDER: ultrashort optical pulse measurement at 20 Hz,” T. M. Shuman, M. E. Anderson, J. Bromage, C. Iaconis, L. Waxer and I. A. Walmsley, Optics Express 5, 134 (1999).
  16. "Spectral Phase Interferometry for Direct Electric Field Reconstruction of Ultrashort Optical Pulses" C. Iaconis, M. E. Anderson, I. A. Walmsley, Springer series in chemical physics. 63, (1998)103.
  17. “Pulsed squeezed-light generation in c(2) nonlinear waveguides,” M. E. Anderson, D. F. McAlister, M. G. Raymer and M. C. Gupta, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 3180 (1997).
  18. "High-efficiency, ultrafast photon-number statistics from phase-averaged homodyne detection," M. Munroe, D. Boggavarapu, M. E. Anderson, U. Leonhardt and M. G. Raymer, Coherence and Quantum Optics VII, edited by J. Eberly, L. Mandel, and E. Wolf, pp. 53-62 (Plenum, New York, 1996).
  19.  “Quadrature squeezing with ultrashort pulses in nonlinear-optical waveguides,” M. E. Anderson, M. Beck, M. G. Raymer and J. D. Bierlein, Opt. Lett. 20, 620 (1995).
  20. “Photon-number statistics from the phase-averaged quadrature-field distribution: Theory and ultrafast measurement,” M. Munroe, D. Boggavarapu, M. E. Anderson and M. G. Raymer, Phys. Rev. A Rap. Comm. 52, R924 (1995).

 

PATENTS

1.     “Magnetic Barbell Safety Collar,” Inventor Matthew E. Anderson, Provisional Patent submitted May 21, 2007.

2.     “Apparatus and methods for continuous and/or selective production of multiple light displays,” U. S. Patent 6,882,117, Inventors Thomas A. Hughes and Matthew E. Anderson, issued April 19, 2005.

3.     “Kinetically multicolored light source,” U.S. Patent 5,844,377, Inventors Matthew E. Anderson and Thomas A. Hughes, issued Dec. 1, 1998.

 

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

1.     “Second harmonic generation of femtosecond vortex beams with a programmable pulse shaper,” proceedings of the Optical Society of America Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA, October 2009.

2.     “Blue-Light Induced Red Absorption in LiTaO3 Waveguides Using Ultrashort Laser Pulses,” Andrew J. Carson, Charlie Barnes, Matthew E. Anderson, proceedings of the Optical Society of America Annual Meeting, p. JWD126, Rochester, New York, October 2006.

3.     “Femtosecond Coherent Control of Two-Photon Absorption in Cesium,” Charlie Barnes, Matthew E. Anderson, proceedings of the Optical Society of America Annual Meeting, p. FTuF4, Rochester, New York, October 2006.

4.     “Compressing femtosecond pulses in a single iteration in real time,” Andrew J. Carson, Charlie Barnes, Joshua J. Thornes, Matthew E. Anderson, proceedings of the Optical Society of America Annual Meeting, p. FThL4, Rochester, New York, October 2004.

5.     “Surface ablation of transparent materials using temporally shaped ultrashort laser pulses,” J. Thornes, C. Barnes, A. Carson, and M. Anderson, proceedings of the Optical Society of America Annual Meeting, p. ThP3, Tucson, Arizona, October 2003.

6.     “Quantum oracles and the optical Bernstein-Vazirani algorithm,” Ian A. Walmsley, Pablo Londero, Christophe Dorrer, Matthew Anderson, Sascha Wallentowitz, and Konrad Banaszek, Proc. SPIE Int. Soc. Opt. Eng. 4829, 618 (2003).

7.     “Computing with Waves:  All-Optical Single-Query 50-Element Database Search,” C. Dorrer, M. Anderson, P. Londero, S. Wallentowitz, K. Banaszek and I. Walmsley, proceedings of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics, (Optical Society of America, 2001).

8.     “The effects of noise on ultrashort optical pulse measurement using SPIDER,” Kosik EM, Anderson ME, de-Araujo LEE, Walmsley IA. Presented at Trends in Optics and Photonics. Twelfth International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena Vol.43. Technical Digest. Postconference Edition. 9 -13 July 2000 Charleston, SC, USA (2000).

9.     “Real-time measurement of ultrashort optical pulses using SPIDER,” Shuman TM, Anderson ME, Bromage J, Waxer LJ, Walmsley IA, Iaconis C. Presented at Technical Digest. Summaries of papers presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics. Postconference Edition. CLEO '99. Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics. 23-28 May 1999 Baltimore, MD, USA (1999).

10.   “Generation and measurement of nonclassical states of molecules,” Walmsley IA, Waxer L, Anderson M, de-Araujo L, Radzewicz C., Presented at Technical Digest. Summaries of papers presented at the Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference. 23-28 May 1999 Baltimore, MD, USA (1999).

11.   “Propagation of Wigner coherence functions in multiple scattering media,” M. G. Raymer, C. Cheng, D. M. Toloudis, M. Anderson, and M. Beck, in Advances in Optical Imaging and Photon Migration, pp. 236-238 (Optical Society of America, 1996).

12.   “Ultrafast balanced-homodyne chronocyclic spectrometer,” M. E. Anderson, M. Munroe, U. Leonhardt, D. Boggavarapu, D. F. McAlister and M. G. Raymer, proceedings of Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrafast Laser Pulses III, San Jose, SPIE Vol. 2701, pp. 142-151 (1996).

13.   “Photon number statistics in the strong coupling regime of semiconductor cavity QED,” D. Boggavarapu, D. F. McAlister, M. E. Anderson, M. Munroe, M. G. Raymer, G. Khitrova and H. Gibbs, proceedings of XX International Quantum Electronics Conference, paper ML5 (Optical Society of America, July 1996).

14.   “Ultrafast photon statistics of normal mode coupling in a semiconductor microcavity,” D. Boggavarapu, D. F. McAlister, M. E. Anderson, M. Munroe, M. G. Raymer, H. Gibbs and G. Khitrova, proceedings of Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference Vol 9, p. 33 (Optical Society of America, June 1996).

15.   “Squeezing in waveguides,” M. E. Anderson and M. G. Raymer, proceedings of Nonlinear Guided Waves and Their Applications, (Optical Society of America, 1996 ).

16.   “High-efficiency, ultrafast photon-number statistics from phase-averaged homodyne detection,” M. Munroe, D. Boggavarapu, M. E. Anderson, U. Leonhardt and M. G. Raymer, proceedings of the Rochester Coherence and Quantum Optics Conference (1995).

17.   “Parametric amplification and squeezing in quasi-phase-matched waveguides,” M. E. Anderson, M. Beck, M. G. Raymer and J. D. Bierlein, proceedings of Nonlinear Guided Waves and Their Applications, (Optical Society of America, 1995).

18.   “Ultrafast, time-resolved photon number statistics,” M. Munroe, D. Boggavarapu, M. E. Anderson, and M. G. Raymer, proceedings of Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, (Optical Society of America, 1995).

19.   “Imaging through scattering media using pulsed homodyne detection,” M. Beck, M. E. Anderson and M. G. Raymer, proceedings of Advances in Optical Imaging and Photon Migration, Vol 21 p. 257, Orlando (1994).

20.   “Measurement of the Wigner function in quantum optics,” M. G. Raymer, D. T. Smithey, M. Beck, M. E. Anderson and D. F. McAlister, proceedings of the Third International Wigner Symposium, Oxford (Sep. 1993).

 

MULTIMEDIA

1.     “Laserfest 2010 (Strangers in the Night),” (co-creator) Laserfest Grand Prize winner, available on YouTube, 2010. 

2.     “Wave Pendulum,” a short video demonstration of 15 oscillators of varying period.  Available on YouTube, 2009.

3.     “Fire Extinguisher Rocket,” a short video demonstration of momentum conservation using a fire extinguisher and a skateboard.  Available on YouTube, 2009.

4.     “The DiVincenzo Code,” (director) a humorous quantum computing science fiction movie.  Filmed at Oxford University, available on YouTube, 2008.

5.     “White light generation in water using ultrashort, near-infrared laser pulses,” M. E. Anderson, After Image Photograph, Optics and Photonics News (August, 1996).

 

INVITED TALKS

  1. “So you want to be a professor!” invited panelist, 2nd Annual UC San Diego Ph.D. Career Conference, May 2010.
  2. “So you want to be a professor!” invited panelist, 1st Annual UC San Diego Ph.D. Career Conference, May 2009.
  3. “I have an interview, now what?” invited panelist, UCSD Career Services Center, Aug 2008.
  4. “Generating femtosecond vortex beams with a programmable pulse shaper,” invited talk at CICESE Departmento de Optica, Ensenada, Mexico, May 2008.
  5.  “Better check your pulse! Ultrafast lasers, pulse shaping, and measurement,” invited colloquium speaker to the Physics Department, University of Oregon, Feb 2008.
  6. “To the PhD and beyond!  The road to academia,” invited talk to the graduate students at the Physics Department, University of Oregon, Feb 2008.
  7. “Generating femtosecond vortex beams with a programmable pulse shaper,” invited talk to the Ulrafast Group, University of Oxford, England, July 2007.
  8. “Those Wacky Photons,” invited colloquium speaker to Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Cal State Los Angeles, Nov 2005.
  9. “To the PhD and beyond!  The road to academia,” invited talk to CAM 2005 (Canadian-American-Mexican Graduate Student Conference) San Diego, Aug 2005.
  10. “Measuring ultrashort laser pulses in a noisy world,” invited colloquium speaker at CICESE Departmento de Optica, Ensenada, Mexico, April 2005.
  11. “Measuring ultrashort laser pulses in a noisy world,” invited talk to the Optical Society of San Diego, held at SDSU, June 2004.
  12. “Lasers,” invited talk to SDSU College of Sciences Luncheon, 2002.
  13. “Pulse measurement in an ultrafast world,” invited talk at the New Laser Scientists Conference, Long Beach 2001.
  14. “Femtosecond lasers,” invited  talk to Quantum Magnetics, San Diego 2001.

 

COLLABORATORS

  1. Dr. Jan Chaloupka, University of Northern Colorado.
  2. Dr. Barry Hanan, SDSU Dept. of Geology.
  3. Dr. Tim Day, CEO of Daylight Solutions, Poway, California
  4. Dr. Antoine Monmayrant, LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France
  5. Dr. Simon-Pierre Gorza, Service OPERA-photonique, Universit libre deBruxelles, Belgium
  6. Dr. Piotr Wasylczyk, Insitute of Experimental Physics, Warsaw University, Poland
  7. Dr. Chunlei Guo, Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, New York
  8. Dr. Ian Walmsley, Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK
  9. Dr. Robert Boyd, Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, New York
  10. Dr. Alfred U’ren, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico
  11. Dr. Kevin O’Donnell, CICESE, Ensenada, Mexico
  12. Dr. Christophe Dorrer, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Rochester, New York
  13. Dr. Michael Raymer, Department of Physics, University of Oregon
  14. Dr. Mool Gupta, Applied Research Center, Old Dominion University, Virginia
  15. Dr. Ali Adibi, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech
  16. Dr. Phil Battle, AdvR Applied Photonics, Bozeman, Montana

 

COURSES TAUGHT

  1. Introductory Physics
  2. Electricity and Magnetism
  3. Introduction to Optics
  4. Advanced Optics and Lasers

 

STUDENTS (and current location)

  1. Cory Stinson, M. S. expected 2011.
  2. Heath Bigman, M. S. expected 2011.
  3. Mark Mitry, M. S. expected 2011.
  4. Danielle Doughty, B. S. expected 2011.
  5. Antonio Talamantes, B. S. 2010, Illumina, San Diego.
  6. Whitley Greene, B. S. 2010, Daylight Solutions, San Diego.
  7. Jason Andreoli, B. S. 2009, Illumina, San Diego.
  8. Steven Swift, B. S. 2009, U.S. Navy.
  9. Nicolas Cusnir, M. S. 2007, Ph. D. candidate, Switzerland.
  10. Daniel Emmons, B. S. 2007, Ph. D. candidate, Air Force Institute of Technology.
  11. Tim McDaniel, M. S. 2007, Ph. D. candidate, University of Central Florida.
  12. Kwok Wah-Lee, M. S. 2007, Korea.
  13. Li Heng, M. S. 2006, Ph. D. Ph. D. candidate at University of Cincinatti.
  14. Jonathan Dove, B. S. 2005, France.
  15. Charlie Barnes, M. S. 2005, General Atomics Photonics Division, San Diego, CA.
  16. Andy Carson, M. S. 2005, Illumina, San Diego, CA.
  17. Josh Thornes, M. S. 2004, Cymer, San Diego, CA.
  18. Aleksandar Simic, B. S. 2004, Ph. D. candidate at University of California, San Diego.
  19. Phillip Poon, B. S. 2003, M. S. student at University of Rochester.
  20. Steve Jensen, M. S. 2001, General Atomics Photonics Division, San Diego, CA.
  21. Catherine Ward, B. S. 2001, General Electric, San Diego, CA.

 

SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES

  1. Director:  SDSU Society of Physics Students.  Upon arriving at SDSU, I was challenged to re-invigorate the undergraduate SPS.  We now have approximately fifteen members, regular meetings, barbecues, movie night, and the students offer free tutoring to lower-division students.  I am proud to say that in 2003, we received an Outstanding Chapter Award from the National SPS Office.
  2. Member:  Distinguished Traveling Lecturer Committee.  I serve on the DTL Committee of the APS Division of Laser Science.  We are charged with sending top-notch scientists (i.e. Eric Cornell) to small colleges and universities that could otherwise not afford them.  During my four-year tenure on this committee, we have found great success and expanded the program by a factor of two.
  3. Outreach: High Tech Fair, Science Olympiad, Inner Space/Outer Space.  I have always been interested in bringing exciting science demos to younger students.  The High Tech Fair is a wonderful example.  Organized by the Science Alliance of San Diego, it attracts 3000 high school students to engage in scientific demonstrations with local industry and academia.  Our SDSU Physics booth includes handing out free holographic diffraction goggles and a demonstration on turning light into sound.  I also served as a co-director for the Holography Booth at the APS Centennial Meeting in Atlanta, March 1999, which was part of the APS Centennial Exhibit, sponsored by the Division of Laser Science.  At this exhibit, we made hundreds of personal-item holograms with visitors, to rave reviews.
  4. Presentation assignment:  In my graduate optics course, part of the curriculum includes an oral presentation.  The students pick a topic and then work closely with me to prepare a PowerPoint presentation to the rest of the class.  I feel that presentation skills are all too often overlooked in physics preparation.  By including this, I am trying to make a simple yet positive impact on my students’ careers.
  5. Media committee:  In an effort to bring science topics to the general public, I serve on the College of Sciences Media Committee.  Together we draft radio spots for the Dean which air on KPBS (local station which carries NPR).  We have received very positive feedback over the past year.