First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
Office Room
Brimacombe 274
Lab Room
Brimacombe 479/181/045
Tel (Office)
(604) 822-2754
Tel (Lab)
(604) 822-2894

Students Wanted
willing to supervise

Bachelor's Degree
Swarthmore College, 1993, B.A. in Physics, B.S. in Engineering

Master's Degree
University of Cambridge, 1994, M. Phil. in Engineering

Doctoral Degree
MIT, 1998, Electrical Engineering, thesis supervisors: E.P Ippen and H.A. Haus

Employment History
  • Dept. Physics & Astronomy, University. of British Columbia, Canada: Associate Professor, 07/2010-present
  • Dept. Physics & Astronomy, University. of British Columbia, Canada: Assistant Professor, 1/2004-6/2010
  • JILA, University of Colorado: Senior Research Associate, 10/2001-12/2003.
  • PhotonEx Inc (Boston, MA).: Senior Optical Engineer, 7/2000-9/2001.
  • JILA, University of Colorado: NRC Research Associate, 10/1998-7/2000.
  • RLE and Lincoln Laboratories, MIT: Research Assistant, 9/1994-9/1998.

  • JILA Scientific Achievement Award, 2000 and 2003.
  • National Research Council Research Associateship Award, 1998-2000.
  • Winston Churchill Fellowship (University of Cambridge), 1993-94.
  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship, 1992-93.

USA and Canadian

Hobbies and Interests

rock climbing, backcountry skiing

Research Area
Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics

Research Field
Atomic, Optical and Molecular Physics

Research Topics
Femtosecond Frequency Combs, XUV Spectroscopy, Precision Spectroscopy


Over the decade, the recent advances in precision control of the optical spectrum emitted by a femtosecond (fs) laser have made a revolutionary impact to the fields of optical frequency metrology and ultrafast optical science . These advances have, in effect, provided an entirely new class of optical sources available for experimental investigations. It is within this context, that I pursue research in the following directions:

  • Development of underlying technology for femtosecond frequency combs
  • High photon flux table-top XUV sources for spectroscopic applications
  • Optical frequency metrology with fiber laser based femtosecond frequency combs
  • Femtosecond frequency combs + cold atoms/molecues