Principal Investigators - Group Leader
Dr. Margaret Murnane is a Fellow at JILA and a member of the Department of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado. She received her B.S and M.S. degrees from University College Cork, Ireland, and her Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989, and joined the faculty of physics at Washington State University in 1990....
Dr. Henry C. Kapteyn has been a Professor at the Department of Physics and a Fellow of JILA, at the University of Colorado since 1999. Previously, he was an Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department at the University of Michigan, and an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Physics at Washington State University. He received his Ph.D. in...
Senior Scientists and Research Professors
Gerrity, Senior Scientist
Michael graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 with a B.S. in Physics where he worked in Todd Ditmire's group on the Texas Petawatt laser. He joined the KM group in January of 2008 and works on scaling high harmonic sources to higher photon energies. In his free time he spends a lot of time in the mountains around Boulder.
I received my B.S. in Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University in 2010 and my Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2018. My doctoral work focused on the effect of nanostructure morphology and heterogeneity on charge and thermal transport and dynamics on the sub-micron and sub-picosecond...
- Michaël Hemmer
Michaël graduated with a Masters degree in engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Marseille (France). He graduated with a PhD in Optics in 2011 from the University of Central Florida working on the development of ultrafast nonlinear amplifiers for high field physics applications. He then was a post-doctoral associate and later a research fellow at the Institute of...
- Tika Kafle
I grew up in Jhapa, Nepal. After doing my BS and MS in physics from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, in 2012, I enjoyed teaching undergraduate physics course until I moved to University of Kansas to pursue my PhD in August 2014. During my PhD, I worked with Prof. Wai-Lun Chan focusing my work on electron transfer and exciton dissociation mechanism at various semiconducting interfaces using...
- Chen-Ting Liao
Ting grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. He received his B.S. in atmospheric and space sciences, and his M.S. degree in physics at the National Central University in Taiwan. While there, he studied plasma physics. After working in industries for a while, he moved to the University of Arizona in 2010 to pursue his Ph.D. degree in the College of Optical Sciences. In Arizona, he worked with Prof. Arvinder...
- Xun Shi
Xun grew up in Anhui, China. He graduated from Wuhan University in 2010 with a B.S. in physics. He then moved to the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences to pursue a Ph.D. with Prof. Hong Ding. His Ph.D. thesis is about angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) study of the Fe-based superconductors. Xun joined the Kapteyn-Murnane group as a research associate in February...
- Michaël Hemmer
Charlie was not born, but very much bred in Boulder, Colorado. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for his undergraduate studies where he worked with Prof. Steve Cundiff, studying nonlinear interactions between matter and ultrashort laser pulses. In 2011, Charlie graduated at the top of his class, summa cum laude, with distinction with a BA in physics and a minor in mathematics....
Iona grew up in Princeton, New Jersey. She attended Williams College, where she worked under professor Catherine Kealhofer to construct an ultrafast electron diffraction system for the study of dynamic processes in materials. She graduated magna cum laude in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in physics and election to the Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa societies. Since coming to CU Boulder, she has...
Nathan grew up just a few miles from Boulder in Superior, Colorado. He attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, graduating summa cum laude in 2016 with a B.S. in Physics and minor in Computer Science. As an undergraduate, he worked as a software engineer for the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory as part of the OSIRIS-REx NASA mission, and researched atomic polarizabilities via atom...
Dan grew up north of Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2017 with a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Chemistry. As an undergraduate he worked on the fabrication of composite plasmonic nanostructures, studying the effect of nano-scale structure on macro-scale optical properties. However, after a summer working with ultrafast lasers under Dr. Stephen Leone in 2016, he...
Kartik received his undergraduate and master degrees at Carnegie Mellon in Electrical and Computer Engineering. A former software engineer, he did some academic research at UNC Chapel Hill in computer science, before becoming a graduate student in the Department of Physics at CU. He joined the KM Group where he is trying to develop software frameworks to unify all the packages group grad...
Yuka is from Kyoto, Japan. She received her B.A. in Physics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 2017. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the characterization and generation of non-diffracting beams. She started her Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado Boulder and joined the Kapteyn-Murnane group in fall of 2017, where she is currently working in the imaging team. When not in the...
Christian attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ where he received a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics with magna cum laude honors. During his undergraduate years, he worked with Weigang Wang on nanosphere lithography for use in studying magnetic materials. He also spent some time working on graphene as well as soft-condensed matter simulations. He began his PhD program at the...
Anya grew up in Maryland, and graduated from the University of Maryland with High Honors in Physics in 2020. As an undergraduate, she conducted research on the optical properties of noble-metal nanostructures, and also contributed to projects in plasma physics. Anya began her PhD studies in Physics at CU Boulder as an NSF graduate research fellow and joined the KM group in 2020. She was also...
Guan comes from Hefei, China and received his B.S. in physics from Peking University in 2016. During his undergraduate time, he worked on design and fabrication of Organic LED device. When he found more interest in ultrafast laser experiment, he joined the KM group in the summer of 2016. Now he is working in the molecule lab. Guan likes many kinds of indoor and outdoor sports, including...
Peter grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in physics from Princeton University. He was a political studies fellow at the Hudson Institute and wrote his undergraduate thesis on quantum nonlinear optics in superconducting circuits with Professor Andrew Houck. After graduating, Peter joined a small startup as a data scientist, but left to begin...
Joshua spent his childhood living and working on a family farm in rural Illinois. In the fall of 2010, he enrolled at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana; in addition to classes, he worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant for the beginning physics courses, and he designed and constructed a project which utilized seismic diffraction to monitor fluid invasion in fracture apertures...
Brendan grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and studied mathematics and German as an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill. After spending a year as an exchange student at the University of Ulm in southern Germany, he became interested in renewable energy integration into electric power systems. He subsequently worked for two years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, specializing in...
Drew grew up in the Pacific Northwestern corner of Washington State. He graduated from Brown University in 2013 with a degree in chemical physics, and joined the CU Boulder physics Ph.D. program in the summer of 2016. In the interim three years, he worked as a research assistant at the Max-Born-Institut in Berlin, Germany and at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, and traveled...
Sinéad grew up in Aberdeen, Scotland. She graduated from the University of St. Andrews with a first class honours MPhys in experimental physics in 2018. As an undergraduate, she worked on projects in the fields of synthetic optics, cold atoms and Kerr lens modelocked laser design. In 2017, she completed a semester exchange at the College of William & Mary where she worked on a project...
Bin Wang grew up in Yellow Mountain in China. He pursued undergraduate studies at University of Science and Technology of China. While there, he performed theoretical research on spin transportation in Double-Quantum-Dot systems. After graduating in 2016 with a B.S. in physics with honors, he joined the KM group in the fall of 2016 to work on nanoimaging. Outside of science, Bin enjoys reading...
Wenjing grew up in Yangzhou, China and graduated with B.S. in Physics at Nanjing University in 2015. She joined the KM group in the summer of 2016. She is now focusing her research on photoemission spectroscopy. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and hiking.
Yingchao grew up in Qingdao, China. He went to Xian Jiaotong University and received Bachelor of Science degree there in 2016. During his undergraduate study, he studied low dimensional materials using optical techniques such as near field optical microscope. Now, he works on angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and tries to reveal the novel properties of quantum materials....
Matt was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. In 2010 he joined the Air Force and became an avionics technician. He met his wife Rie while stationed in Japan and returned to the US to attend school at CU Boulder after finishing his enlistment. A senior, he is expecting to graduate May 2021 with BAs in physics and astronomy. Working with the imaging team, Matt has developed both polarization...
Allison grew up in Superior, CO and went to Fairview High School in Boulder. Currently, she is studying Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in physics and computer science. She began working in the KM Group in summer of 2017 and has really enjoyed doing research. Outside of the lab and her studies, she loves to rock climb and plays on CU Boulder’s Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team.
Zhe comes from Shanghai, China. He received his B.A. in optical information and technology from Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi'an, China in 2015. He started his Ph.D. program at the Tongji University in the fall of 2015 and worked in EUV mulitilayers and EUV optical systems. He joined the Kapteyn-Murnane group at the beginning of 2019 as a visiting student, and from then he ...