Links Thomas Jarvis, Ph.D.


Some recent snapshots from my work -- a CAD drawing of a two-dimensional Fourier transform spectroscopy experiment I designed and built, doubling a Ti:Sapph laser to pump a NOPA at 400nm, a 2dFT spectrum showing two exciton states with coupling, and the level diagram for a direct band gap semiconductor quantum well.

- Here are some recent technical papers I have authored:

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have about these research projects -- I'm always happy to speak about science, either to other researchers or to an interested member of the public. There are a couple of projects I'm working on presently (as I write this in spring 2017), touching on micropower circuit design and energy harvesting for use by refugees and migrants, cooling bosonic atoms to quantum degeneracy using an unconventional evaporative pathway, understanding the suppression of common mode noise in analog electronics, and using acousto-optic interactions for an unconventional pulse shaping scheme. I'd be happy to speak with other scientists interested in these areas.

- As a professional scientist, I have worked for a private R&D think tank collaborating on optics projects for the US Army Research Laboratory and the Air Force Research Office, and built novel photonic systems for optical and bio-sensor applications. I have studied in a broad range of laboratory settings. As an undergraduate, I worked in a nuclear physics laboratory, studying the material science of damage to potential materials for constructing fusion reactor walls. As a graduate student, I worked in a cold atom research group that studied superfluid transitions in quantum gases, looking for new physics at phase transitions, and pushing forward the science of molecular BEC's. As a Ph.D. candidate I built a polarization interferometer to test the optical properites of novel materials exploiting Negative Index of Refraction physics, before going on to my thesis work, designing and constructing a sophisticated multi-dimensional spectroscopy tool, the first such experiment to study the effects of interaction geometry on a range of condensed matter systems. I developed new ways to use standard acousto-optic modulators to manipulate ultrafast pulsed and cw laser light, studied exciton many body dynamics, and looked for hybrid excitation modes based on coupling between Wannier-Mott excitons and surface plasmon polaritons in metallic-semiconductor nanostructures.

I earned my Ph.D. from the Department of Physics at the University of Texas, for my dissertation 'Novel Tools for Ultrafast Spectroscopy.' I graduated with high honors from the University of North Carolina, which I attended as a Morehead Scholar, and graduated first in my class from John Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia. I currently work as a postdoc at the University of Chicago, in the James Franck Institute, where I try to increase our understanding of coherent energy transfer processes in photosynthetic structures by searching for long-lived coherences in artificial, multichromophoric protein structures.

Contact information:

Dr. Thomas Jarvis

twjarvis at gmail dot com