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Galen C. Duree Jr.

Professor of Physics and Optical Engineering

Office:  DL102 on campus


Phone:  (812) 872-6025 (DL102)                   FAX:   (812) 877-8023

At Rose-Hulman since August 1999

1995  PhD  University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Fayetteville, Arkansas

            Dissertation:   Experimental Observation of Photorefractive Spatial Solitons

1989 BS Physics Northwest Nazarene College, Nampa, Idaho

            Thesis:   Development of a Numerical Model for the Earth's Magnetosphere


Photorefractive Phenomena and Applications, Nonlinear Optics, Laser Physics, High Power Laser Beam Characterization Instrumentation, and Ultrashort Pulse Laser Phenomena

If you are interested in finding out more about the fascinating field of optics and some of its applications without being snowed with a lot of technical stuff, I have written a book entitled "Optics for Dummies".  This book presents, in a rather simple fashion, the main characteristics of light and introduces commonly observed phenomena and ends with descriptions of some (a rather small sampling, actually) optical devices and other applications, like 3-D movies and photon entanglement.  Some people have expressed an interest in having me sign their copy of the book.  If you are one of those, if you acquire the book via your preferred method (like Amazon) and either send it or bring it to my office, I will be happy to sign it and return it to you.

Optics for Dummies

Those of you who prefer to read the German language, the book has been translated into German!  This German edition is available from German book sellers.

Classes Taught:

Physics I, II and III

Physics I, II and III Laboratory

Physical Optics

Paraxial Optics

Modern Physics

Holography and Photography

Laser Physics


Fourier Optics Lab

Special Topics:  Packaging of optical components, Nonlinear Optics, Optical Sources and Detectors, Gaussian Beam Characterization and Modeling


Providing practical experiences for undergraduate students (including Freshmen!!) dealing with ultrashort pulse laser systems and applications.  In the Rose-Hulman Ultrashort Pulse Laser Laboratory, students are working on projects dealing with nanostructures in metals, USPL propagation in air, USPL machining in a variety of materials and USPL induced failure modes in electronic devices.