Jeremy R. Gulley

James L. Carmon Scholarship Award 2005

Jeremy R. Gulley, a doctoral student in physics and astronomy, writes software that predicts the impact of laser pulses as they propagate through optical devices. Because modern commercial lasers can emit extremely short, high intensity pulses, they can alter optical components and systems by temporarily turning ordinary pieces of glass into high-powered lenses. Mr. Gulley’s software shows where this is a risk and also can predict instances where inferior quality equipment must be replaced to avoid jeopardizing the validity of experimental results or even damaging costly laboratory equipment. Mr. Gulley presented his work at the inaugural University of Georgia Engineering Conference and is considered an integral member of Dr. Bill Dennis’ nonlinear spectroscopy research group.