Ph.D. Thesis: “Photoluminescence and Tunneling in GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs Single Quantum Wells.” Supervisor: Stephen W. Teitsworth
|2001||Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award|
|1997–1999||National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship|
|1991–1994||Charles Towne Fellowship, Duke University|
|1991||Allen G. Shenstone Prize for Experimental Physics, Princeton University|
Linda Jean Olafsen grew up in Mt. Holly, New Jersey and attended Princeton University for her undergraduate degree in physics. She then went to graduate school in physics at Duke University and received her Ph.D. in 1997. Dr. Olafsen accepted a National Research Council postdoctoral research associateship at Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. for two years before taking a faculty position at the University of Kansas in 1999, first as an Assistant Professor, receiving an ONR Young Investigator Award in 2001, and being promoted to Associate Professor in 2005. She joined the faculty at Baylor University as an Associate Professor in 2006 and currently chairs the Book Review Board for the Materials Research Society.Graduate Students Supervised
Michael R. Santilli, Ph.D., December 2006:
Current position: Research Specialist, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Todd C. McAlpine, Ph.D., August 2006:
Current position: Assistant Professor of Physics, The University of Findlay
Kristina G. Young, M.S., Summer 2006:
Current position: Ph.D. student in Physics at the University of Houston
Katherine R. Greene, M.S., May 2004:
Current position: Science writer for MIT Technology Review, San Francisco
Research and Academic Interests
Dr. Olafsen’s research interests are in the development and application of semi-conductor laser devices in the 3 to 5 micron window of the electromagnetic spectrum. Her research activities have led to the development of novel optical characterization of semiconductor devices that are crucial to the cost-effective development of sensors for scientific, military and biological applications, such as continuous glucose monitoring for diabetes. Dr. Olafsen is a member of the American Physical Society, IEEE, Optical Society of America, and the Materials Research Society. In addition to her service on the MRS book review board, she actively travels to Washington, D.C. to take part in Congressional Visits Day, meeting with members of Congress to stress the importance of long-term and well-funded support of basic research. Here at Baylor University, Dr. Olafsen has also been an active participant in the Faculty Partner program, paired as a mentor with one of the CL’s (Community Leaders) in South Russell Residence Hall.Selected Publications
- L. J. Olafsen, L. D. Ice, and B. Ball, “Nonlinear Temperature Dependence of Resonant Pump Wavelengths in Optical Pumping Injection Cavity Lasers,” IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics 17, 1453–1459 (2011).
- L. J. Olafsen, L. E. Bain, W. W. Bewley, I. Vurgaftman, J. R. Meyer, H. Lee, and R. U. Martinelli, “Room-temperature 4.0-µm broadened optical pumping injection cavity lasers,” Proceedings of the SPIE 7953, 795314 (2011).
- L. J. Olafsen and T. C. McAlpine, “Transparency pump intensity and differential gain in resonantly pumped W optical pumping injection cavity lasers,” Journal of Applied Physics 108, 053106 (2010).
- J. P. Prineas, J. R. Yager, J. T. Olesberg, S. Seydmohamadi, C. Cao, M. Reddy, C. Coresopoulos, J. L. Hicks, T. F. Boggess, M. Santilli, and L. J. Olafsen, “PIN versus PN homojunctions in GaInAsSb 2.0–2.5 micron mesa photodiodes,” Proceedings of the SPIE 6119, 611903 (2006).
- J. T. Olesberg, C. Cao, J. R. Yager, J. P. Prineas, C. Coretsopoulos, M. A. Arnold, L. J. Olafsen, and M. Santilli, “Optical microsensor for continuous gluclose measurements in interstitial fluid,” Proceedings of the SPIE 6094, 609403 (2006).
- J. P. Prineas, M. Reddy, J. T. Olesberg, C. Cao, S. Veerasamy, M. E. Flatté, E. Koerperick, T. F. Boggess, M. R. Santilli, and L. J. Olafsen, “Quaternary GaInAsSb 2.0-2.5 micron back-illuminated focal plane array for blood glucose monitoring,” Proceedings of the SPIE, Semiconductor Photodetectors II 5726, 113–121 (2005).
- T. C. McAlpine, K. R. Greene, M. R. Santilli, L. J. Olafsen, W. W. Bewley, C. L. Felix, I. Vurgaftman, J. R. Meyer, M. J. Yang, H. Lee, and R. U. Martinelli, “Resonantly pumped optical pumping injection cavity lasers,” Journal of Applied Physics 96, 4751 (2004).
- T. C. McAlpine, K. R. Greene, M. R. Santilli, L. J. Olafsen, W. W. Bewley, C. L. Felix, I. Vurgaftman, J. R. Meyer, M. J. Yang, H. Lee, and R. U. Martinelli, “Pump Wavelength Tuning of Optical Pumping Injection Cavity Lasers for Enhancing Mid-Infrared Operation,” Materials Research Society Symposia Proceedings, 799, 211–216 (2004).
- S. Cho, Y. Kim, L. J. Olafsen, I. Vurgaftman, A. J. Freeman, G. K. L. Wong, J. R. Meyer, C. A. Hoffman, and J. B. Ketterson, “Large magnetoresistance in post-annealed polycrystalline and epitaxial Bi thin films,” Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 239, 201 (2002).
- S. Cho, Y. Kim, S. J. Youn, A. DiVenere, G. K. L. Wong, A. J. Freeman, J. B. Ketterson, L. J. Olafsen, I. Vurgaftman, J. R. Meyer, and C. A. Hoffman, “Artificially ordered Bi/Sb superlattice alloys: Fabrication and transport properties,” Physical Review B 64, 235330 (2001).
- S. Cho, Y. Kim, A. J. Freeman, G. K. L. Wong, J. B. Ketterson, L. J. Olafsen, I. Vurgaftman, J. R. Meyer, and C. A. Hoffman, “Large magnetoresistance in postannealed Bi thin films,” Applied Physics Letters 79, 3651–3653 (2001).
- L. J. Olafsen, T. Daniels-Race, R. E. Kendall, and S. W. Teitsworth, “Photoluminescence of n-i-n single quantum well structures under electric field bias,” Superlattices and Microstructures 27(1), 39–51 (2000).
- H. Lee, L. J. Olafsen, R. J. Menna, W. W. Bewley, R. U. Martinelli, I. Vurgaftman, D. Z. Garbuzov, C. L. Felix, M. Maiorov, J. R. Meyer, J. C. Connolly, A. R. Sugg, and G. H. Olsen, “Pulsed operation to 300 K of λ = 3.30 μm type-II W quantum well diode laser with broadened waveguide,” Electronics Letters 35, 1743–1745 (1999).
- L. J. Olafsen, I. Vurgaftman, W. W. Bewley, C. L. Felix, E. H. Aifer, J. R. Meyer, J. R. Waterman, and W. Mason, “Negative Luminescence from Type-II InAs/GaSb Superlattice Photodiodes,” Applied Physics Letters 74, 2681–2683 (1999).
- Progress in Semiconductor Materials V -- Novel Materials and Electronic and Optoelectronic Applications, edited by Linda J. Olafsen, Robert M. Biefeld, Michael C. Wanke, Adam W. Saxler (Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 891, Warrendale, PA, 2006).
- L. J. Olafsen, I. Vurgaftman, and J. R. Meyer, “Antimonide Mid-IR Lasers,” for Long-wavelength Infrared Semiconductor Lasers, ed. H. K. Choi (John Wiley, New York, 2004).
In addition to the teaching of graduate and undergraduate courses in Quantum Mechanics, Solid State Physics, Optics and Modern Physics, and Introductory General Physics, Dr. Olafsen loves to explore the broader implications of light in science, art, literature, and faith. She has previously explored these topics in freshman Honors tutorials as well as through the self-examination of teaching as scholarship. Dr. Olafsen actively participates as a judge for local science fair competitions and serves as a member of the Laser Electro-Optics Technology and Nanotechnology Advisory Committee in conjunction with TSTC here in Waco, TX.Courses Taught at Baylor