Ph.D. in Physics, Montana State University - Bozeman, 2002
Tom Böttger studies optical, dynamical, and magnetic properties of solids, specifically optical materials doped with rare earth ions. This work is centered on understanding the fundamental material physics at the microscopic scale but also geared towards the development of optical materials for optical signal processing, optical memories, quantum computing, and laser frequency stabilization. Tom has been specifically interested in Erbium doped materials as they enable optical devices operating at the fiber telecommunication wavelength. This work is carried out using a variety of linear and nonlinear optical methods, such as stimulated photon echoes, spectral holeburning, time-resolved spectroscopy and more conventional methods such as optical absorption spectroscopy. Tom is also interested in laser development and has worked on the technique of frequency stabilizing external cavity diode lasers to the narrow frequency references found in rare-earth-doped materials. By locking the laser frequency to an ultra-narrow spectral hole, experiments have reached the limits of precision in the optical spectroscopy of solids.
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