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Charles Brau

Professor, Emeritus

Biography

Degrees

  • B.E.P. (Cornell, 1961)
  • M.A. (Harvard, 1962)
  • Ph.D. (Harvard, 1965)

Research Area

  • Atomic and molecular physics
  • Lasers and light sources
  • Electron beams

Current Research

  • High-brightness electron beams
  • Tabletop Cherenkov and Smith-Purcell FELs
  • Compton backscatter x-ray sources and FELs

Current Courses

  • P227a Intermediste Classical Mechanics
  • P121b Principles of Physics

Current Positions

  • 1988-present : Professor of Physics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Previous Positions

  • 1965-70: Senior Research Staff Scientist, Avco Everett Research Laboratory, Everett, MA
  • 1970-71: NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, Kamerlingh-Onnes Laboratory, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • 1971-76: Senior Research Staff Scientist, Avco Everett Research Laboratory, Everett, MA
  • 1976-87: Program Manager, Free-Electron Laser, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
  • 1987-88: Sabbatical Leave, Quantum Institute/University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1988: Visiting Scientist, Department of Nuclear Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford, England
  • 1988-95: Director of the Free-Electron Laser Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Professional Societies

  • Tau Beta Pi Association
  • American Physical Society (Fellow)
  • Sigma Xi

Professional Honors

  • 1995 - William Streifer Award for Scientific Achievement (IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society)
  • 1996 - Free-Electron Laser Prize (18th International Conference on Free-Electron Lasers, Rome)

Research Group

  • Heather Andrews
  • Jonathan Jarvis

Undergraduate Students

  • Robert Jefferson

Patents

  • "Combination Free Electron Laser and Gaseous Laser," C. A. Brau, S. D. Rockwood, and W. E. Stein, February 19, 1980.
  • "Microwave Accelerator e-Beam Pumped Laser," C. A. Brau, W. E. Stein, and S. D. Rockwood, March 11, 1980.
  • "RF Feedback Free-Electron Laser," C. A. Brau, D. A. Swenson, and T. J. Boyd, September 1, 1981.
  • "Catalac Free Electron Laser," C. A. Brau, D. A. Swenson, and T. J. Boyd, April 6, 1981.
  • "Circular Free Electron Laser," C. A. Brau, N. A. Kurnit, and R. K. Cooper, April 10, 1984.
  • "Free Electron Laser Using RF Coupled Accelerating and Decelerating Structures," C. A. Brau, D. A. Swenson, and T. J. Boyd October 23, 1984.