Bonnie L. Schmittberger, Entered 2010/11  

Bonnie L. Schmittberger

Office Location: 185 Physics
Office Phone: (919)660-2508
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Atomic, molecular, and optical physics
Nonlinear dynamics and complex systems

AM, Physics, Duke University, 2013
BA, Physics, Bryn Mawr College, 2010

Research Description: I study low-light-level nonlinear optics in cold atoms. Specifically, I am exploring strong light-matter interactions via spatio-temporal pattern formation.

Representative Publications

  1. Bonnie L. Schmittberger and Daniel J. Gauthier, Enhancing light-atom interactions via atomic bunching, Phys. Rev. A, vol. 90 no. 013813 (July 11, 2014) [PhysRevA.90.013813] .
  2. J. A. Greenberg, B. L. Schmittberger, and D. J. Gauthier, Bunching-induced optical nonlinearity and instability in cold atoms [Invited], Optics Express, vol. 19 no. 23 (November 7, 2011), pp. 22535-22549 [abstract.cfm] .

Selected Talks

  1. Ultra-Low-Threshold Optical Pattern Formation in a Cold Atomic Vapor, May 14, 2013, XIIIth International Quantum Electronics Conference, Munich, Germany    
  2. Free-space, multimode spatial self-organization of cold, thermal atoms, June 06, 2012, DAMOP 2012: Anaheim, CA [171524]    
  3. Pattern Formations for Optical Switching Using Cold Atoms as a Nonlinear Medium., June 17, 2011, DAMOP 2011: Atlanta, GA [148038]    
Selected Other

  1. Optical Pattern Formation in Cold Atoms: Explaining the Red-Blue Asymmetry, June 05, 2013, Poster Presented at the 44th Annual DAMOP Meeting, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada [194367]    
  2. Optical Pattern Formation in Cold Atoms: The Role of Sisyphus Cooling, March 11, 2013, Poster presented at the annual Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics Symposium, Duke University    
  3. Free-space, multimode self-organization of cold, thermal atoms via transverse optical patterns, August 15, 2012, Poster presented at Quantum Science Conference in Easton, MA. Sponsored by Gordon Research Conferences.    
  4. Optical Pattern Formation and Self-Organization of Cold Atoms, October 10, 2011, Poster presented at the annual Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics Symposium, Duke University