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Optical Design & Engineering

Eric Van Stryland: Characterizing materials for nonlinear optics

The Nonlinear Optics Group at CREOL has developed a number of techniques to separate various nonlinearities that occur in materials.

24 October 2016, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201610.06

Eric Van Stryland received his physics PhD in 1976 working at the Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona, and then joined the Center for Laser Studies at the University of Southern California, soon leaving to spend 9 years on the faculty of the University of North Texas. He joined the start of The College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida in 1987, becoming its director in 1999, and its founding Dean in 2004.

Van Stryland is a Fellow of the SPIE, OSA, IEEE, and APS, a past President of OSA and R.W. Wood Prize recipient, and a past Board member of LIA. He graduated 37 PhD's, and has published more than 300 papers primarily in the field of nonlinear optics (e.g. Z-scan, nonlinear Kramers-Kronig, cascaded second-order nonlinearities). He is Pegasus Professor and Trustee Chair at CREOL.