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 Expert  714873

Expert in Lasers, Optics, Electro-Optics, Fiber-Optics, and Applications

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
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Expert is thoroughly familiar with most types of gas, solid state, and semiconductor lasers. He contributed to the development of a diode-pumped solid-state lasers. He made design improvements to various continuous wave and flashlamp pumped solid state lasers to improve reliability, stability, and efficiency. He identified the technical issues for using excimer lasers for materials processing functions in a production environment. Expert discovered a source of output degradation of helium-neon lasers and then developed a solution that led to significant cost savings. He has worked with continuous-wave as well as long- and short-pulsed lasers to improve performance. The specific gas lasers he has worked with include carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, excimers (XeCl), helium-neon, and argon-ion. The solid-state lasers he has worked with include Nd:YAG, titanium-sapphire, erbium, thulium, ruby, alexandrite, and several others.

Expert has taught many courses on Lasers and Laser Applications.




laser development

His significant background in fundamental and applied physics has allowed Expert to gain expertise in many aspects of fiber optics. He is familiar with light coupling into and out of fibers, power handling capabilities, f numbers (numerical aperture), and transmission loss (dependence on wavelength, fiber properties, bending, alignment). He has worked with fiber sensors such as fiber optic gyros, temperature, and other environmental sensors. He has some familiarity with optical time domain reflectometry, couplers, and splicing. He teaches classes in Fiber-Optics

fiber optics

He has designed, built and tested various laser and lamp fiber optics systems for materials processing, illumination, and communications.

infrared fiber optics

Expert has worked extensively with optical systems such as refractor and reflector telescopes, lenses, mirrors, prisms and gratings, holographic and machined optical elements. He is knowledgeable regarding optical thin film coating properties and equipment. He can answer questions on specialized optical components such as polarizers, frequency doublers and triplers, Raman shifters, and optical parametric converters (oscillators and amplifiers). Expert has measured properties of plasmas, gases, and solid materials using various grating spectrographs, both with single-element detectors (photomultipliers) and diode arrays. He has worked with residual gas analysis using both optical and atomic spectrum analyzers.

optical spectroscopy

Expert has employed lasers for a wide variety of applications including communication, navigation, laser radar, lidar, rangefinding, remote sensing, and material processing (annealing, heat treating, cutting, welding). He has a thorough understanding of laser resonator optics, beam projectors, laser beam propagation effects, beam quality and beam focusing. He has also developed computer codes for laser system and application modeling.

laser beam


laser application

Expert has designed, built, and tested a variety of ladar (laser radar) and lidar systems. These include: Doppler and micro-Doppler CO2 ladar for target ID; imaging lidar based on diode lasers and range-gated intensified charge; coupled device cameras for target identification; laser illuminators for ICCCD cameras; and rangefinders based on diode pumped Nd:YAG both at the fundamental frequency and second harmonic. Recent work includes significant activities in the area of Laser Range Finders - intellectual property and technology issues.

laser radar




laser rangefinder

With established skills in mathematics and computing, Expert has developed several numerical models of various systems and applications. He has used spreadsheets, Basic, and C code to analyze systems and applications such as laser system recurring and non-recurring costs, laser beam propagation, and laser beam characterization.

laser system modeling

Expert has extensive knowledge of plasma physics and plasma properties including aspects of glow discharge and arcs as well as issues surrounding electron and ion beams. He has developed and used a wide variety of devices for generating plasmas and ionized gases by various RF and DC excitation means. He is familiar with ionization by contact, electron impact, photo excitation, and other methods. He has worked with refractory metals, alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, and ceramics.

gas plasma


plasma physics


low-temperature plasma

Expert has designed, built, and tested extremely high-performance ring laser gyroscopes. He has tested the gas gain medium, mirrors, and optical resonators. He is familiar with sources of bias, lock-in, and other error sources and methods of reduction.

ring laser gyroscope

Expert has designed, built and tested a number of CO2 lasers including CW and pulsed waveguide lasers, both DC and RF driven.

carbon dioxide laser

Expert has developed and integrated into various systems highly coherent laser systems capable of coherent beam combining to produce scanning beam, and pulses of various duration and pulse repetition frequency.

coherent laser

Expert has designed, built, and tested a variety of frequency-stabilized lasers for a variety of applications. These include: ultra-stable HeNe ring laser gyroscopes based on Zerodur cavities and stabilized plasma discharge (RI, NED); ultra-stabilized CO2 lasers based on ceramic cavities, and both piezoelectric length tuners and electrooptic tuners used for micro-Doppler LADAR for target identification (RI); and single-mode stabilized argon ion laser with stabilized resonator, and etalon length tuner for scientific applications (ALC).

laser light frequency stability

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California;  San Diego, California;  Long Beach, California;  Santa Ana, California;  Anaheim, California;  Riverside, California;  Glendale, California;  Huntington Beach, California;  San Bernardino, California;  and Chula Vista, California.

Often requested
with this expert:

Laser Physics and Applications
Guidance Systems
Optical Instruments, Inertial Instruments, Laser and Fiber...
Electro-Optic Systems, laser communications, optical...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1976   Ph.D.   Plasma Physics   University of California, Irvine  
1970   M.A.   Physics   University of California, Irvine  
1968   B.S.   Physics (with honors)   California State Polytechnic University  
1968   B.S.   Mathematics   California State Polytechnic University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

2005 to 2011


Scientific Applications & Research Associates, Inc.


Senior Scientist


He invented solutions to various applications to win 8 R&D contracts on which he was Principle Investigator, or had another senior role. One patent for a "Laser Dazzler".

1997 to




Chief Scientist


Expert leads R&D efforts in lasers, optics, electro-optics, and fiber-optics.

2001 to 2002


Xybion Electronic Systems


Principal Scientist


Expert performed systems engineering and developed illuminators for advanced camera systems.

1990 to 2000


Science Applications International Corp.


Senior Scientist


He was responsible for R&D on lasers, and fiber-optical and electro-optical projects.

1995 to 1999




Prinicipal Engineer


Expert was an integrated product team leader on laser projects including EAGLE, RE on ALLTV, and technology integration.

1983 to 1995


J.P.H. Professional Services, Inc.


President/Chief Scientist


Expert was responsible for company consulting services, and product development.

1988 to 1989


General Dynamics Laser Systems Laboratory


Chief Scientist/Manager of Advanced Technology Department


He was responsible for laser, and laser system, development.

1980 to 1982


Rockwell International


Staff Scientist


He was responsible for advanced ring laser gyroscope development.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is, or has been, a member of IEEE, the American Physical Society, the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), and the Optical Society of America.

Professional Appointments

He was a Professor of Physics, Mathematics, Lasers and Optics, and Astronomy. He has taught part time at the University of California Irvine, California State University Long Beach, California State University Fullerton, Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, Santa Ana College (Rancho Santiago College), MiraCosta College, San Diego State University, University of Phoenix, and Palomar College, the University of San Diego, Cypress College, and ATEP-CACT, among others.


Expert has received a NDEA Title IV Fellowship in Physics, NOAA Fellowship, Who's Who in the World, and approximately 25 other similar awards.

Publications and Patents Summary

He is the author of 13 refereed journal publications, 25 conference reports, and over 100 patent disclosures in the areas of lasers, optics, gaseous electronics, and plasma physics, leading to 8 US and international patents.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Physica Status Solidi  
 - Review of Scientific Instruments  
 - Journal of Optical Engineering  
 - Applied Optics  
 - SPIE Defense Security and Sensing Symposium  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert has evaluated Laser Range Finders, and selected superior vendors (2010, two companies).
  • He reviewed various patents and searched for superior technology, and infringement (2009, 2008 two companies).
  • Expert analyzed and supported design work for a Solar PhotoVoltaic system (2008).
  • Expert supported the design of a Laser Range Finder (2007).
  • Expert provided analysis, design, and development support on about a dozen projects (2000-2004).
Recent Client Requests:
  • Small optics expert for consulting on potential optical fiber plan review.
  • Consulting on Laser Applications in Food Industry.
  • Expert for consulting on Optical Fiber Engineering Applications
  • Expert in Design of all metal sealed off gas laser to assist with design and technical assistance.
  • Expert in calcium fluoride for consulting on calcium fluoride materials requirements.
  • Optical expert for consulting on optical circuit.
  • Laser diode expert for consulting on Laser and Photo Diode.
  • Die casting expert on riser tubes for low-pressure aluminum die casting and fiber lasers.
  • GPS expert witness for consulting on GPS accuracy for golf application.
  • Expert in laser gyroscope for consulting on new gyro market positioning.
  • Expert in gyroscopes for consulting on locating a gyroscope manufacturer.
  • Laser diodes expert for consulting on operation optical sensors at cold operating temperatures (-40 Celsius).
  • Ring laser gyroscope expert for consulting on operation and support problem solving related to repair development.
  • Expert in optical waveguide.
  • Expert in laser ablating polyimide material for consulting on excimer laser ablation.
  • Gyroscope expert for consulting on design and fabrication.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has served as an Intellectual Property Consultant- made depositions, took the witness stand and the jury loved him (according to the defendant's attorney).
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in Identifying Cause of Problems with LiDAR System.
  • Expert for consulting on Value of Spectrograph and Camera.
  • Expert for a litigation case dealing with excimer laser gas product.
  • Laser expert needed for consulting regarding a 3D laser.
  • Laser expert regarding 80 mj diode laser testing.
  • Optics expert for consulting on a laser rangefinder to determine if it is in violation of any existing patents on file for this type of device.
  • LASIK Expert for consulting on excimer Laser.
  • Expert for consulting on Lidar.
  • Medical devise expert for consulting on burning during surgery, likely from the Bovie cauterizing machine or Bovie grounding pad.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1992 to 1999   Scotland, United Kingdom   He is supporting the development of advanced optical illumination systems for a company in Scotland.
2004 to 2004   Italy   Supported the development of a Ring Laser Gyroscope fabrication capability.

Market Research:
Expert has written many proposals and won many R&D programs. His win rate is substantially higher than industry averages.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert has taught a wide variety of courses on lasers, laser systems, laser applications, and other optical courses. Current/Recent gigs include Advanced Technology and Education Park's Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies, University of CA Irvine, and University of San Diego, and offerings at UCI Extension and UCSD Extension.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of lasers and laser systems, optical, electro-optical, and fiber-optical components, and lamps and light sources.

Other Skills and Services

Expert has performed additional onsite consulting activies including laser development, trouble-shooting, and remediation.


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