Department of Physics
Laser and Optics Research Center
The Laser and Optics Research Center (LORC) is an Academy initiative devoted to Cadet education and Faculty research concerning lasers and optics to support Air Force objectives. There are approximately a dozen research scientists from the departments of physics, electrical engineering and biology at the Academy as well as visitors from other US and foreign universities and Air Force Laboratories. The main missions of the LORC are to support Cadet education through involvement in courses and independent research and enhance faculty professional development through research. The research concerns laser and optical physics problems relevant to the needs of the Air Force.
Research and Publications
Areas of research include LIDAR, Holographic Correction of Optical Instruments, LASER Cooling and Trapping of Neutral Atoms, Optical Computing, Light Propagation in Dense Atomic Vapors, Optical Nonlinear Polymers, LASER Eye Studies, Fiber Optical Chemical Sensors, Optical Nonlinearites in Silica, LASER and Optics Theory and Infrared LASER Development. We have published in Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, Journal of Optical Society of America, Applied Optics, Journal of Polymer Physics and Journal of Modern Optics. We also have presented at many symposia and hold several patents.