Steven Cundiff

The general area of ultrafast optics is our primary research interest. Our research areas include the use of ultrafast pulses to study light-matter interactions, as well as their production and manipulation. Our primary tool for studying light-matter interaction is multidimensional coherent spectroscopy, which we are currently applying to both semiconductor nanostructures and atomic vapors. We are working on developing a new type of mode-locked fiber laser to produce ultrafast pulses and on manipulating them by pushing pulse-shaping techniques to their ultimate limit in terms of spectral resolution.

Current Appointments:

  • JILA Fellow
  • Physicist, Quantum Physics Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Professor Adjoint, Department of Physics and  Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, University of Colorado

Education:

Previous Positions:

  • Chief, Quantum Physics Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology 2004-2009
  • Associate Professor Adjoint, Professor Adjoint, Departments of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Colorado, 2005-2009
  • Assistant Professor Adjoint, Departments of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1997-2004
  • Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Holmdel, NJ, 1995-97
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany, 1993-94
  • Research Assistant, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1987-92
  • Associate Scientist, SciTec, Inc., Princeton, NJ, 1985-87
  • Assistant Scientist, SciTec, Inc., Princeton, NJ, 1983-85
  • Engineering Aide, SciTec, Inc., Princeton, NJ, 1981-83

Awards and Honors:

  • IEEE Fellow, 2014
  • US Department of Commerce Silver Medal, 2013
  • Meggers Award from the Optical Society of America, 2011
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, 2010
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Group Bronze Medal, 2009
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2005
  • Fellow of the Optical Society of America, 2005
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Group Gold Medal, 2001
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, 1993-94
  • University of Michigan Applied Physics Fellowship, 1987-88
  • Rutgers College Dean's List, 1980-1981, 1984-85

Publications:

Membership and Services:

  • Associate Editor, Optica, 2014-2017
  • Divisional Associate Editor, Physical Review Letters, 2013-2016
  • Member-at-Large of Executive Committee of the Four Corners Section of the American Physical Society (2014-2016)
  • Program Committee Member, Nonlinear Optics and Excitations Kinetics in Semiconductors 12, 2014
  • General Co-Chair, 19th International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena, 2014
  • External Review Committee Member, University of Oregon Department of Physics, 2013
  • Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports, 2012-2014
  • General Co-Chair, Nonlinear Optics Topical Meeting, 2013
  • Guest Editor, New Journal of Physics Focus issue on Multidimensional Spectroscopy, 2013
  • Organizing Committee Member, 10th Rochester Conference on Coherence and Quantum Optics, 2013
  • Past Chair, American Physical Society Division of Laser Science, 2011-2012
  • Member, External Advisory Board, Stanford PULSE Institute, 2011-2012
  • Member, OSA Charles Hard Townes Award Committee, 2011-2012
  • Program Co-Chair, 18th International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena, 2012
  • Program Co-Chair, Nonlinear Optics Topical Meeting, 2011
  • Chair, American Physical Society Division of Laser Science 2010-2011
  • Member, NAS Committee on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Science (CAMOS) 2009-2012
  • Member, Joint Council on Quantum Electronics, 2008-2011
  • Chair-Elect, American Physical Society Division of Laser Science 2009-2010
  • Program Committee Member, Nonlinear Optics and Excitation Kinetics in Semiconductors 10, 2010
  • Program Committee member, XVII International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena 2010
  • Organizer, 2010 New Laser Scientists Conference
  • Vice Chair, American Physical Society Division of Laser Science 2008-2009
  • Topical Editor, Journal of the Optical Society of America B 2004-2010
  • Program Committee member, XVI International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena 2008
  • General Co-Chair, Quantum Electronics Laser Science 2008
  • Member-at-Large of Executive Committee of Division of Laser Science, American Physical Society (2006-2008)
  • Panel Member, National Science Foundation ECCS Photonics Program (2007)
  • Panel Member, Army Basic Research Review (2007)
  • Panel Member, DOE/BES Mid-scale instrumentation solicitation (2006)
  • Chair of Ultrafast Dynamics and Nonlinear Optics Subcommittee of the program committee, International Quantum Electronics Conference, 2007.
  • Program Co-Chair, Quantum Electronics Laser Science 2006
  • Program Committee member, XV International Conference on  Ultrafast Phenomena 2006
  • Optical Society of America Max Born Award Committee 2005-2006 (Chair, 2006)
  • Program Committee, International Quantum Electronics Conference 2005.
  • Program Committee, LEOS Topical Meeting Optical Frequency and Time Measurement and Generation 2005
  • Co-Chair, Colorado Meeting on Fundamental Optical Processes in Semiconductors, 2004
  • Co-Chair, Ultrafast Dynamics Sub-Committee of the Program Committee, International Quantum Electronics Conference, 2004
  • Program Co-Chair, Photonics Time and Frequency Measurement LEOS Topical Meeting, 2003
  • Program Committee Member, Quantum Electronics and Laser Science, 2003
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics on Quantum Electronics Special Issue on Stabilization of Modelocked Lasers
  • Program Committee Member, Quantum Electronics and Laser Science, 2002
  • Member, Cooperative Research and Development Foundation Physical Science Panel, 2001
  • Organizer of the Symposium on Novel Spectroscopy of Solids, 1997
  • Committee Member, Interdisciplinary Laser Science Meeting, 1997
  • Fellow, Optical Society of America
  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • Member, IEEE/Photonics Society