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Galen Duree

Head of the Department of Physics and Optical Engineering and Professor with tenure

Dr. Galen Duree specializes in photorefractive phenomena, nonlinear optics, and laser physics. He wrote Optics for Dummies as a way to promote the field of optical engineering by making it easy to understand. Dr. Duree has received the Dean’s Outstanding Teacher Award for helping students understand concepts of optics and physics. Director of the Ultrashort Pulse Laser Laboratory, a collaborative effort with the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana, he conducts research focused on providing students with practical experiences working with ultrashort pulse laser systems and applications.

Teaching Interests

  • Introductory physics
  • Applied optics
  • Nonlinear optics

Research Experiences

  • Ultrashort pulse laser systems and applications
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Laser systems
  • Photorefractive materials and applications

Select Publications & Presentations

  • French, D. A., Aigner, A. K. and Duree, G. C., "Electrical Properties of the Plasma Channel Created by Ultrashort Pulse Laser," Directed Energy Professional Society’s Ultrashort Pulse Laser Workshop, Newton, Massachusetts, 2009
  • Letfullin, R. R., George, T. F. and Duree, G. C., "Laser-Induced Photon-Branched Chain Reaction in a Chemically-Active Gas-Dispersed Medium," Laser Chemistry, Article ID 839873, 10 pages, 2008
  • Letfullin, R. R., George, T. F., Duree, G. C. and Bollinger, B. M., "Ultrashort Laser Pulse Heating of Nanoparticles: Comparison of Theoretical Approaches," Advances in Optical Technologies, Article ID 251718, 8 pages, 2008
  • Duree, G., Meyer, K., Lam, B., Fouts, M., Durrant, S., Manke, G., Green, J. and Bradley, T., "Induced Birefringence Measurements of Ultrashort Pulse Laser Induced Plasma in Air," Directed Energy Professional Society’s Ultrashort Pulse Laser Materials Interaction Workshop, Boulder, Colorado, 2007
  • Duree, G., Wittig, J., Brown, J., Durrant, S., Bradley, T. and Green, J., "Decreased Reflectivity of Aluminum Due to Ultrashort Pulse Laser Processing," Directed Energy Professional Society’s Ultrashort Pulse Laser Materials Interaction Workshop, Boulder, Colorado, 2007
  • Puttappa, J., Greenlee, C., Mulvihill, A., Duree, G., Durrant, S. and Kellar, K., "Simulation and Theory for Coding a 2-bit Photonic Analog-to-Digital Converter that Utilizes Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers," Journal of Optical Communications, Vol. 27, 249, 2006
  • Jackson, A., Hein, M., Durrant, S., Duree, G., Manke, G., Green, J. and Bradley, T., "Effects of Ultra-Short Laser Pulses on Operating Electronic Components," Directed Energy Professional Society’s Ultrashort Pulse Laser Materials Interaction Workshop, Boulder, Colorado, 2006
  • Meyer, K., Haft, R., Durrant, S., Duree, G., Bradley, T. and Green, J., "Numerical Modeling of Ultrashort Pulse Laser Induced Filaments in MatLab," Directed Energy Professional Society’s Ultrashort Pulse Laser Materials Interaction Workshop, Boulder, Colorado, 2006
  • Siahmakoun, A. and Duree, G., "Removal of Polarization Fatigue Due to Electrical Fixing in Ferroelectric Photorefractive Crystals," Trends in Optics and Photonics Series, Photorefractive Effects Materials and Devices, 99, 197, 2005
  • Duree, G., Siahmakoun, A., Thompson, A. and Nazhestkina, N., "Controlling the Diffraction Efficiency in Electrical Fixing Technique," Trends in Optics and Photonics Series, Photorefractive Effects, Materials and Devices, 87, 117, 2003

Awards & Honors

  • Dean’s Outstanding Teacher, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2004

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, 1995
  • BS, Northwest Nazarene College, 1989