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Engineered EUV Sources and Principle Applications


Chengyuan Ding
Projected Completion: Summer 2014
Kapteyn/Murnane Research Group
Chengyuan Ding received his M.S. in Optics from Peking University in 2008, focusing on the ultrafast all optical devices based on photonic crystal and surface plasmon. From 2009, Chengyuan has been working on generating ultrafast light sources, covering wavelength from mid-IR to soft X-ray and holding the records of Ti:sapphire laser amplifier, ultrashort UV light pulse and  tabletop coherent soft X-ray source, and applying the light sources  to various spectroscopic studies on atomic, molecular and material systems.  His career interests are laser related studies on semi-conductor or mesoscopic materials in industry settings, laser and ultrafast optical devices designing, and investigating ultrafast laser machining, EUV lithography and metrology.
Also investigating:
Novel linear and non-linear spectroscopies


Herman Bravo

EUV lithography


Herman Bravo received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.  He has received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University studying nanometer-scale machining with extreme ultraviolet lasers. He is currently working at the Engineering Research Center designing on CAD software and using the CNC to machine components for X-ray lasers to vacuum components and optical mounts. Herman has a passion for communicating ideas and working as part of a collaborative team.  He is interested in pursuing careers in aerospace, industry, or national labs. 



Franklin Dollar
Research Group

Franklin is an experimentalist in laser plasma interactions from 1014 to 1021 Wcm-2, with a focus on x-ray generation. He has worked on source design, optical and x-ray diagnostics from the extreme ultraviolet to hard x-rays, and the numerical simulation of such interactions. The objective to manage a high caliber research group is achieved through broad collaborations and the capabilities available in the Kapteyn-Murnane group.

Also investigating: Novel linear and non-linear spectroscopies


Christopher A. Mancuso
Kapteyn/Murnane Research Group


After high school, Chris joined the United States Marine Corps for a 5-year active duty assignment where he served as a Cryptologic Arabic Linguist in a Signals Intelligence battalion. He then received his BS in Physics from the University of Delaware in 2011. He did his undergraduate work under the advisement of Dr. Barry Walker, whose group studies ultra-intense light-matter interactions in which the electron velocities become relativistic. He joined the KM group in the summer of 2011 and has worked on developing and characterizing the next generation of EUV and Soft X-Ray light sources. After receiving a Ph.D., Chris would like to continue developing state-of-the-art lasers in an industrial setting.





  Imaging, Patterning, and Metrology


Matthew Seaberg
Projected Completion: Summer 2014
Kapteyn/Murnane Research Group

Matt received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Bethel University in 2007, which is where he developed his interest in optics. His current work focuses on pushing the capabilities of nanoscale coherent diffraction imaging using a high harmonic generation source further, with the goal of applying this microscope to the study of ultrafast dynamics in a variety of nanosystems. Matt’s career aspirations involve continued research in ultrafast science in academia.


Emrah Turgut
Projected Completion: Summer 2014
Kapteyn/Murnane Research Group

Emrah Turgut got his B.S. from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey in 2009, where he focused on opto-electronic distortions in crystals for THz generation. In 2008, he worked at UCLA working on label-free, ultra-wide field and massively parallel optical cell counting technologies for global health problems. Moving to US for his graduate study with full-scholarship, Emrah started work for Kapteyn-Murnane group on coherent diffraction imaging and ultrafast magnetization dynamcis. This was extended to studies on ultrafast magnetization dynamics to reveal microscopic mechanisms responsible for ultrafast reduction in magnetization in a magnetic material following an ultrafast laser-pulse excitation. Following his PhD, he is interested in working for industry as well as broadening his experience with ultrafast dynamics and correlated systems as a postdoc candidate


Bosheng Zhang
Projected Completion: Fall 2014
Kapteyn/Murnane Research Group

Bosheng received his B.S. in Physics from University of Science and Technology of China in 2007. Currently he is pursuing Physics Ph.D., specialized in lensless microscopy using a high harmonic generation EUV source. His team developed a table-top quantitative EUV microscope that can image general samples with high resolution and phase contrast, with a future goal of achieving sub 10 nm spatial and femtosecond temporal resolution in imaging nano structures and dynamics. He is interested in finding a position in industry that can utilize expertise of imaging, lasers, optics, EUV, nano and programming.


Wei Li
Marconi's Research Group: EUV lithography
Projected completion date: DEC/2015


Wei received his master degree from Colorado State University in 2013 with a thesis concentrating in the research of EUV lithography and its pattern transfer. He is now PhD student trying to make breakthroughs of novel coherent EUV lithography. His career interests are to continue research and development work in the field of nanofabrication in industry. Highly motivated to work in semiconductor industry or a provider of  lithography systems


Daniel Adams
Kapteyn/Murnane Research Group


Dr. Daniel Adams received his PhD from the Colorado School of Mines in 2010, specializing in ultrafast spatio-temporal dynamics. His interests range from perturbative nonlinear optics and high harmonic generation to phase retrieval with application to coherent diffraction imaging. Dr. Adams and his team currently hold the world record resolution of 22nm using a table-top high harmonic source, in any imaging modality. Future work will include extension of coherent diffraction imaging to three-dimensional studies of defect inspection in next generation storage devices, time-resolved nanoscale acoustic propagation and ultrafast magnetization dynamics. Dr. Adams is interested in pursuing a position in Academia or a staff scientist position.

Also investigating: Novel linear and non-linear spectroscopies


Novel Linear and Nonlinear Spectroscopies


Craig Hogle
Projected Completion: Spring 2014
Kapteyn/Murnane Research Group
Craig Hogle received his B.A. from the Carleton College in 2007, and his M.S. from the University of Colorado in 2011. His Ph.D. research studies ultrafast atomic and molecular dynamics using coincidence ion and electron spectroscopy. His interests include high-average power laser systems and high harmonic generation as well as their application towards understand the fundamental timescales in physical chemistry. Craig is interested in continuing research in an industrial setting pursuing commercial applications for high-power laser spectroscopy


Allison Pymer
Projected Completion: May 2014
Stephen Leone Research Group
Allison studies ultrafast electron and nuclear dynamics using x-ray transient absorption in the Stephen Leone research group.  She developed a tabletop attosecond transient absorption apparatus to conduct these studies in gas-phase systems.  Allison received her B.S in chemistry from Temple University in 2008; her undergraduate research focused on understanding the surface speciation of metal oxide particles under various environmental conditions.  She is interested in pursuing a career in industry after graduating with her Ph.D


Damiano Nardi
Projected Completion: Summer 2014
Kapteyn and Murnane Group

Dr. Damiano Nardi is a Sr. Research Associate in the group of Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn. He is in charge of development of Acoustic Nanometrology using tabletop coherent EUV light for characterizing the mechanical and thermal properties of ultrathin films and nanostructures at sub-10nm length scales, significantly enhancing current capabilities. His interests range from nanometrology of ultrathin films to the study of non-diffusive heat transport in nanostructured systems. Damiano is interested in working full-time in a leading high-tech / nanomanufacturing / inspection company starting in 2014, utilizing expertise in nanometrology, microscopy, EUV, lasers, optics, lithography and multiphysics modeling, with a great team and products.

Also investigating: Imaging, Patterning, and Metrology


Dan Hickstein
Projected Completion: 2014

Kapteyn/Murnane Research Group
Dan Hickstein received a BA in Chemistry from Pomona College and a M.Phil in Physics from the University of Cambridge, studying X-ray crystallography. In the Kapteyn–Murnane group, he is developing new methods to study the ultrafast dynamics of atoms, molecules, and nanoparticles. He is interested in positions in academia, national labs, or industry


Adra (Tory) Carr

Projected Completion:
Dec 2014

Kapteyn/Murnane Research Group


Tory received her undergraduate from the University of Arizona in 2007, concentrating in precision spectroscopy atomic physics. Currently using ultrafast photoelectron spectroscopy in her PhD research, she has investigated phenomena of bulk materials including optically excited phase transitions, lattice distortions, as well as catalytic processes of adsorbates on surfaces. She recently completed an internship at IBM's TJ Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY using EUV spectroscopy to study III-V/ high-k materials to be used in the next generation of transistors for the IC industry. Her career interests are to continue materials research in an industrial setting, specifically, early investigation and integration of materials for use in photovoltaics or the semiconductor industry.



Patrik Grychtol
Kapteyn/Murnane Research Group


Patrik joined the group of Profs. Kapteyn and Murnane as a research associate in summer 2012 to focus on the development of time-resolved and element-selective imaging techniques pertaining to spin dynamics in complex alloy and multilayer systems at the nano/femto limit. His work at JILA has greatly benefited from experiences he gathered during his PhD time at the Research Center Jülich in Germany. There, he performed time-resolved magneto-optical investigations in the extreme ultraviolet range employing ultrafast lasers, synchrotrons as well as tabletop high-harmonic sources in the group of Prof. Schneider at the Peter Grünberg Institut. His interests range from the development of laser, EUV and x-ray sources to employing imaging techniques for investigations of fundamental as well as applied aspects of material properties. He can imagine pursuing a career both in academia and industry.

Also investigating: Imaging, Patterning, and Metrology and Engineered EUV Sources


Kathleen Hoogeboom-Pot
Kapteyn/Murnane Research Group

Kathleen Hoogeboom-Pot earned her B.S. in Physics from Calvin College in 2008 while taking part in research from large-database data-mining to discover new asteroid dynamics, to ultracold atom-trapping experiments with krypton. After a year of volunteer hurricane recovery work, she joined the Kapteyn-Murnane group for her PhD research using ultrafast EUV pump-probe spectroscopy to study how heat flow and acoustic dynamics are changed by nanoscale size dimensions. She is interested in pursuing a research science position in a national laboratory or in industry.


Also Investigating: Imaging, Patterning, and Metrology


Jorge Nicolás (Nico) Hernández Charpak
Kapteyn/Murnane Research Group

Nico received a B.S. in Physics and in Computer Engineering from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) in 2011. During his undergraduate he focused on Solar Coronal Mass Ejections, studying their physical properties as well as how to accurately detect and characterize them. After joining the PhD program at CU Boulder, his research interests moved to novel properties of materials and nanoscale size-effects, as well as science policy. He is currently investigating nanoscale heat transport and thin films metrology techniques, focused on the computational and theoretical aspect of the ultra-fast pump probe spectroscopy experiments. He is interested in pursuing a career either in academia, industry or in science policy. 

Also investigating: Imaging, Patterning, and Metrology


Dmitriy Zusin
Kapteyn/Murnane Research Group


Dmitriy received his B.S. in Physics from the Belarusian State University in 2009, concentrating in Laser Physics and Spectroscopy. He then worked at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus studying continuous-wave Raman lasers. His current PhD research at CU Boulder is focused on studying magnetic dynamics of materials using magneto-optical Kerr effect and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism with the future possibility of imaging magnetic structures. He is interested in pursuing a career in industry with an emphasis on material-related research and imaging.

Also Investigating: Imaging, Patterning, and Metrology




The foundation for the EUV ERC was provided by the Engineering Research Centers Program of the National Science Foundation under NSF Award Number EEC-0310717. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not reflect those of the National Science Foundation.
Last updated: 10/22/14