Richard C. Powell

Richard C. Powell did his undergraduate work at the U.S. Naval Academy and his graduate work at the Arizona State University, earning a Ph.D. in 1967.

In the early part of his career, Powell worked as a staff scientist at the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories and Sandia National Laboratory. His teaching career took him to California Institute of Technology, Oklahoma State University and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Instituto de Fisica. In 1992 Powell joined the University of Arizona and remains there as professor emeritus, optical sciences.

Powell’s research interests include doped crystals and glasses, energy transfer, charge transport, vibronic spectra and radiationless processes; development of four-wave mixing and multiphoton pico-second spectroscopy techniques; characterization of crystals and glasses for lasers, nonlinear optics and photorefractive applications; applications of sold state lasers in medicine and industry.

Powell is a fellow of APS and OSA and co-founded Lite Cycles, Inc. He has earned numerous awards including the University of Arizona Technology Innovation Award in 2005.

For more on Richard Powell watch his OSA History Interview.

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