Professor Barry Walker

Research Field

Academic and Professional Positions

Education and Mentors

Research Field:

My expertise is the experimental study of light matter interactions and ultrafast opto-electronic technology. I have studied atoms and molecules in perturbative “multiphoton” and nonperturbative “strong” optical fields. Most recently, my interest is in probing the physics of atoms in “ultra” high intensity laser fields; light whose intensity is billions and billions of times more intense than sunlight on the earth. Such interactions compare to the most violent astrophysical events. New and exciting excitation processes occur in these high fields where v/c and B are not approximately zero and our common understandings are tenuous.

Developments in laser technology are greatly responsible for the newest insights into light-matter interactions. Within the past five years, this has involved advances in the control of the spatial and temporal characteristics of light.

I have also served on many committees and paper reviews.

Also important to me is the greater scientific community

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Academic and Professional Positions

  • 2009-Present
         Professor
              Physics & Astronomy, University of Delaware
  • 2008- 2009
         Associate Chair
              Physics & Astronomy, University of Delaware
  • 2005
         Visiting Fellow
              JILA, University of Colorado
  • 2002- 2004
         Director of Undergraduate Program
              Physics & Astronomy, University of Delaware

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Education and Mentors:

  • Post-Doctorate Research Assistant
      -Prof. Kent R. Wilson & Dr. Chris Barty Dept Chemistry & Biochemistry, Univ. California San Diego
  • Ph.D. Physics, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York
  • Graduate Research Advisor
      -Dr. Louis F. DiMauro Dept Chemistry, Brookhaven National Lab, Upton, NY
  • B.A. Chemistry and B.A. Physics, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California M

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