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Milchberg, Howard

Howard Milchberg
Professor
ECE/PHY
A.V. Williams Building, Rm. 1415
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(301) 405-4816

Research Interests 

Nonlinear optics, laser and optical physics, interaction of intense electromagnetic fields with atoms, solids, and plasmas; generation and application of coherent and incoherent short wavelength radiation.

Education 

B.Eng. (1979, Engineering Physics), McMaster Univ.; Ph.D. (1985, Astrophysical Sciences), Princeton Univ.; AT&T Bell Laboratories (1985-87); Assistant Prof.(1988-1993), Assoc. Prof. (1993-95), Professor (1995-present) Univ. of Maryland; NSERC Postgraduate Fellowship, National Research Council of Canada (1979-84); NSF Presidential Young Investigator (1988-93); APS Excellence in Plasma Physics Research Award (2005); Fellow American Physical Society.

Selected Publications 

  • Plasma hydrodynamics of the intense laser-cluster interaction
    H.M. Milchberg, S.J. McNaught, and E. Parra, Phys. Rev. E 64, 056402 (2001).
  • A pump-probe investigation of laser-droplet plasma dynamics
    S. J. McNaught, J. Fan, E. Parra, and H. M. Milchberg, Appl. Phys. Lett. 79, 4100 (2001).
  • Characterization of a cryogenic, high-pressure gas jet operated in the droplet regime
    E. Parra, S.J. McNaught, and H.M. Milchberg, Rev. Sci. Inst. 73, 468 (2002).
  • Characterization of a cryogenic, high-pressure gas jet operated in the droplet regime
    E. Parra, S.J. McNaught, and H.M. Milchberg, Rev. Sci. Inst. 73, 468 (2002).
  • Resonant self-trapping of high intensity Bessel beams in under-dense plasmas
    J. Fan, E. Parra, K. Y. Kim, I. Alexeev, H. M. Milchberg, J. Cooley and T.M. Antonsen, Phys. Rev. E 65, 056408 (2002).
  • Measurement of the superluminal group velocity of an ultrashort Bessel beam pulse
    I.Alexeev, K.Y. Kim, and H.M. Milchberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 073901 (2002).
  • Single-shot supercontinuum spectral interferometry
    K.Y Kim, I. Alexeev, and H. M. Milchberg, Appl. Phys. Lett. 81, 4124 (2002).
  • Single-shot measurement of laser-induced double step ionization of helium
    K.Y. Kim, I. Alexeev, and H.M. Milchberg, Optics Express 10, 1563 (2002).
  • Hydrodynamic timescales for intense laser-heated clusters
    E. Parra, I. Alexeev, J. Fan, K. Y. Kim, S. J. McNaught, and H.M. Milchberg, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 20, 118 (2003).
  • Time-resolved explosion of intense laser-heated clusters
    K.Y. Kim, I. Alexeev, E. Parra, and H.M. Milchberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 023401 (2003).
  • Self-focusing of intense laser pulses in a clustered gas
    I.Alexeev, T. M. Antonsen, K.Y. Kim, and H.M. Milchberg, Phys. Rev Lett. 90, 103402 (2003).
  • Measurement of the average size and density of clusters in a gas jet
    K. Y. Kim, V. Kumarappan, and H. M. Milchberg, Appl. Phys. Lett. 83, 3210 (2003).
  • Gases of exploding laser-heated cluster nanoplasmas as a nonlinear optical medium
    K.Y. Kim, I. Alexeev, V. Kumarappan, E. Parra, T. Antonsen, T. Taguchi, A. Gupta, and H.M. Milchberg., Phys. of Plasmas 11, 2882 (2004).
  • Resonant heating of a cluster plasma by intense laser light
    T. Taguchi, T.M. Antonsen, and H.M. Milchberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 205003 (2004).
  • Spectral redshifts in the intense laser-cluster interaction
    K.Y. Kim, I. Alexeev, T.M. Antonsen, A. Gupta, V. Kumarappan, and H.M. Milchberg, Phys. Rev. A 71, R011201 (2005).

Honors and Awards 

    •    2012 OSA Fellow
    •    American Physical Society (APS) Excellence in Plasma Physics Award (2005)
    •    Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, University of Maryland (2005-2006)
    •    Supervisor of American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics Dissertation Award Winner (1999, 2004, 2012)
    •    American Physical Society Fellow (1995)
    •    NSF Presidential Young Investigator (1988)
  

Related News 

Milchberg Lab Featured in APS Viewpoint
Intense Laser Matter Interactions Group make science fiction a reality in new paper. March 21, 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

Sprangle Awarded 2013 Maxwell Prize
A. James Clark School of Engineering professor recognized for pioneering contributions in plasma physics. July 3, 2013

Professor Wu Named Distinguished Scholar Teacher
Min Wu joins illustrious list of ECE faculty members to receive this University award. February 7, 2013

Milchberg selected as 2012 OSA Fellow
Professor Howard Milchberg was selected because of his efforts to advance the field of optics. December 6, 2012

Alumnus Yu-Hsin Chen Wins Rosenbluth Award
Chen's research in plasma physics will receive this recognition in the fall. July 23, 2012

Espy-Wilson Named 2012-2013 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Carol Espy-Wilson is the tenth ECE professor to receive this honor. February 7, 2012

Mazumdar, Varma, and Wu Named Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Three ECE Ph.D. students were awarded Distinguished Dissertation Fellowships, four received honorable mention. March 29, 2011

Ryu and Yoon Awarded Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowships
ECE Ph.D. students receive Summer Research Fellowships that support "mid-career" doctoral students. May 21, 2010

Milchberg Receives Grant from Lockheed Martin
Clark School plasma physics expert will explore military use of laser plasma filaments. November 18, 2009