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Davis, Christopher

Christopher Davis
Minta Martin Professor of Engineering
ECE, ISR, Maryland Optics Group
Kim Building 2124
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(301)405-3637

Research Interests 

Free space optical and directional RF communication systems, atmospheric turbulence, advanced surveillance systems, plasmonics, chemical and biological sensors, interferometry, optical systems, bioelectromagnetics, RF dosimetry.

Currently active research includes optical and RF directional wireless, real-time advanced surveillance systems with “event” detection, the optical properties of nanostructures where surface plasmons can be excited, laser interferometry, dielectrometry, fiber sensors and biosensors, magnetooptics, optical trace detection, atmospheric turbulence, optical communication systems and devices, and studies of the biological effects of non-ionizingradiation.  Latest papers: (1) R. Fainchtein, D.M. Brown, K.M. Siegrist, A.H. Monica, E. Hwang, S. D. Milner, and C.C. Davis, “Time-Dependent Near-Blackbody Thermal Emission from Pulsed Laser-Irradiated Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube Arrays," Physical Review B 85, 125432-1 125432-12. 2012. (2) H. Zhang, J. Llorca, C.C. Davis, and S.D. Milner.  Nature-Inspired SelfOrganization, Control, and Optimization in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks.  IEEE Trans. Mob. Comp. 11, 1207-1222, 2012. His past research has covered gas lasers, photon counting, chemical lasers, molecular relaxation processes, diode-pumped solid-state lasers, laser noise and instabilities, injection locking of broad area laser diodes, nonlinear imaging of ferroelectric and ferromagnetic materials, and near-field scanning optical microscopy.

Background 

Christopher C. Davis is Minta Martin Professor of Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received the B.A. degree (with Honors) in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1965, the M.A. degree from the University of Cambridge in 1970, and the Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Manchester in 1970. From 1973-1975 he was an Instructor/Research Associate at Cornell University, and from 1982-83 was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He has been a recipient of the following Honors and Awards:  University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, 1989-90; Fellow of the Institute of Physics, 1989; AT&T/ASEE Award for Excellence in Engineering Education,1990; Fellow of the IEEE, 1993; Invention of the Year Award in Information Technology, University of Maryland, 2000; Poole and Kent Teaching Award for Senior Faculty, 2012. Professor Davis is the author of the widely used text “Lasers and Electro-Optics,” published by Cambridge University Press, and co-author with Jack Moore and Mike Coplan of the best selling text “Building Scientific Apparatus,” recently published in its 4th edition by Cambridge University Press. He is also author or co-author of 14 chapters in books, 215 refereed journal articles and over 295 conference papers, and is the holder of twelve awarded and several pending patents. He is Conference co-Chair of the SPIE Free Space Laser Communications Conference, and is a frequent invited lecturer both nationally and internationally. He has served as a scientific consultant to several US Government agencies and industry. He is a member of the IEEE Committee SCC-34 SC2, which deals with RF exposure from wireless devices.

Honors and Awards 

    •    University of Maryland Invention of the Year Award in Information Science (2000)
    •    Technology Education Award of Distinction awarded by the Technology Education Association of Maryland (1994)
    •    Fellow of IEEE (1993)
    •    NASA Certificate of Recognition for Fiber Injection Locked Broad Area Laser (1992)
    •    AT&T/ASEE Award for Excellence in Engineering Education (1990)
    •    Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, University of Maryland (1989-1990)
    •    Fellow of the Institute of Physics (1989)
    •    NSF Creativity Award (1983)
    •    S.E.R.C. Senior Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge (1982)
    •    George Corcoran Award, ECE Department, University of Maryland (1978)

 

Related News 

UMD Clark School Highlights Disaster Resilience at Mpact Week
Five-day event focused on role of engineers in disaster prevention, mitigation, and response. November 26, 2014

Davis, Llorca, and Milner Receive U.S. Patent No. 8,831,524
Research in "“Systems, Methods, Devices, And Computer Program Products For Control And Performance Prediction In Wireless Networks” is patented. September 23, 2014

Faculty Founded Techno-Sciences, Inc. Acquired by McMurdo Group
ECE-born company specializes in satellite ground stations, emergency response center systems, coastal surveillance tools May 21, 2014

Second edition of “Lasers and Electro-Optics” by Christopher C. Davis published
Text provides practical examples for studying laser physics, optoelectronics, photonics, applied optics and optical engineering. April 4, 2014

Choi Wins Gold at 20th Samsung Humantech Paper Awards
Choi's research won top honors out of a field of papers exceeding 200 submissions. April 3, 2014

Ghodssi Named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Professor Ghodssi is the 12th ECE Professor to be honored as a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher. March 19, 2014

Davis Issued Patent for Agile IR Scene Projector
Professor Christopher Davis with colleagues from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab pattented new IR technology. October 10, 2013

Krishnaprasad, Jarzynski part of 'Information Engines' MURI
Project will develop principles and algorithms for synthetic information nanosystems. July 17, 2013

ECE Professor Wins 2013 UMD Invention of the Year Award
Professor K.J. Ray Liu and students' research awarded UMD Information Science Invention of the Year. April 23, 2013

Clark School Faculty Recognized at UMD Invention of the Year Awards
26th annual awards ceremony honors most promising campus inventions. April 16, 2013