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Dr. Kathleen A. Richardson

Dr. Kathleen A. Richardson

Pegasus Professor of Optics & Photonics/FPCE

Glass Processing and Characterization Lab



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Dr. Kathleen Richardson is currently Professor of Optics and Materials Science and Engineering at CREOL/College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central FL, where she runs the Glass Processing and Characterization Laboratory (GPCL). Most recently at Clemson University, she and her research team carry out synthesis and characterization of novel glass and glass ceramic materials for optical applications, examining the role of structure/property relationships on resulting optical function and performance in bulk, planar and fiber optical materials. Prof. Richardson's group has extensive industrial and government supported research programs evaluating materials for gradient refractive index (GRIN) optics, precision molded optics, the use of non-oxide glasses in chem-bio planar sensors, evaluation of complex material interactions in next-generation integrated opto-electronic chip design, and in nano-composites for advanced detection and optical applications. Prof. Richardson’s group is a leading source of expertise in the evaluation of photo-induced structure/property modification mechanisms in non-oxide glasses for optical applications, and has authored more than 220 peer-reviewed publications, numerous proceedings and book chapters, and has organized and chaired multiple domestic and international meetings within her discipline.   

In 2016, Dr. Richardson was appointed as a Curator to the Board of Trustees for the Ernst Abbe Fund, Deutsches Stiftung, GERMANY, and became a member of the External Advisory Board (EAB) for the Savannah River National Laboratory (US Dept. of Energy), Aiken GA.  Additionally, she was elected as an Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics.

Dr. Richardson is Past-President of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), a past-Chair of ACerS’ Glass and Optical Materials Division (GOMD) and a past-President of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE). She presently serves on the Coordinating Technical Committee (CTC) of the International Commission on Glass (ICG) and the Board of Directors of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). Dr. Richardson is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) and has previously served on advisory boards for Virginia Tech’s Materials Science and Engineering Department, the NSF-ERC on Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE) at Princeton University and as part of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), in Sydney Australia.

Professor Richardson is a recognized world leader in infrared glass research and education, and as a result of these efforts, currently holds the rank of Fellow, in the American Ceramic Society, the Society of Glass Technology (UK), SPIE and the Optical Society of America (OSA). Since 2006, she has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Alfred University.


Awards & Honors

Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow
International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Fellow
American Ceramic Society (ACS) Fellow
2018 Pegasus Professor Award
2017 Sir Richard Brooks International Award, European Ceramic Society
2017 George W. Morey Award, American Ceramic Society
2017 IDeX Visiting Scholar, Université Bordeaux (FRANCE)
2017 Malcolm G. McClaren Distinguished Lecturer Award Rutgers University Department of Materials Science
2017 Excellence in Research Award
2016 OSA 100th anniversary Global Women of Light panelist
2016 Advisory Board member, Savannah River National Laboratory
2016 External Advisor, EUCerMat program (EU)
2016 Curator, Ernst Abbe Foundation (Germany)
2016 Nominee, Air Force Science Advisory Board
2015 Academician, World Academy of Ceramics
2013 Indian Ceramic Society I.D. Varshnei Award
2009 Award for Faculty Excellence, Clemson University Board of Trustees (2005, 2007, 2009)
2009 Outstanding Educator Award, American Ceramic Society, Ceramic Education Council (CEC)
2009 Member, Tau Beta Pi Honor Society
2008 Samuel R. Scholes Lecture and Award, Alfred University, Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering
2008 Featured lecturer, SPIE Women in Optics Lecture, SPIE Photonics West meeting, San Jose CA
2006 Featured Scientist, in Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), “Women in Optics”
2003 Society of Glass Technology (SGT), United Kingdom, Fellow

Recent Publications

Sohn, Byoung-Uk; Kang, Myungkoo; Choi, Juwon; Agarwal, Anuradha; Richardson, Kathleen; Tan, Dawn
"Observation of very high order multi-photon absorption in GeSbS chalcogenide glass "
submitted, ACS Photonics
Yifei Zhang, Jeffrey B. Chou, Junying Li, Huashan Li, Qingyang Du, Anupama Yadav, Si Zhou, Mikhail Y. Shalaginov, Zhuoran Fang, Huikai Zhong, Christopher Roberts, Paul Robinson, Bridget Bohlin, Carlos Ríos, Hongtao Lin, Myungkoo Kang, Tian Gu, Jamie Warner, Vladimir Liberman, Kathleen Richardson, Juejun Hu
"Extreme Broadband Transparent Optical Phase Change Materials for High-Performance Nonvolatile Photonics "
submitted, Nature Materials
C. Rivero-Baleine, T. Mayer, K. Richardson, J. David Musgraves, P. Wachtel,
"Optical Apparatus and Method of Forming a Gradient Index Device"
U.S. Patent No. 10,132,965, Ser. No. 15/135,813 (issued 20 November 2018)
Claudia Goncalves, Myungkoo Kang, Byoung-Uk Sohn, Gufan Yin, Juejun Hu, Dawn T. H. Tan and Kathleen Richardson
"New Candidate Multicomponent Chalcogenide Glasses for Supercontinuum Generation"
Journal of Applied Science 8, 2082 (invited - special issue)
Qingyang Du, Chuangtang Wang, Yifei Zhang, Yan Zhang, Takian Fakhrul, Wei Zhang, Claudia Goncalves, Cesar Blanco, Kathleen Richardson, Longjiang Deng, Caroline Ross, Lei Bi, and Juejun Hu
"A monolithic on-chip magneto-optical isolator with 3 dB insertion loss and 40 dB isolation ratio"
ACS Photonics (in press)
M. Kang, L. Sisken, J. Cook, C. Blanco, M. C. Richardson, I. Mingareev, and K. Richardson
"Refractive Index Patterning of Infrared Glass Ceramics through Laser-Induced Vitrification"
Optical Materials Express, 8(9), pp. 2722-2733
M. Kang, A. M. Swisher, A. V. Pogrebnyakov, L. Liu, A. Kirk, S. Aiken, L. Sisken, C. Lonergan, J. Cook, T. Malendevych, F. Kompan, I. Divliansky, L. B. Glebov, M. C. Richardson, C. Rivero-Baleine, C. G. Pantano, T. S. Mayer, and K. Richardson
"Ultralow Dispersion Multicomponent Thin-Film Chalcogenide Glass for Broadband Gradient-Index Optics"
Advanced Materials, 30(39). 1803628
Anupama Yadav, Andrew Buff, Myungkoo Kang, Laura Sisken, Charmayne Smith, Jason Lonergan, Cesar Blanco, Michael Antia, Megan Driggers, Andrew Kirk, Clara Rivero-Baleine, Theresa Mayer, Andrew Swisher, Alexej Pogrebnyakov, AR Hilton Jr., Greg Whaley, Thomas J. Loretz, Anthony Yee, Greg Schmidt, Duncan T. Moore and Kathleen Richardson
"Effect of melt size and scale-up protocols on property evolution in GeSe2-As2Se3-PbSe (GAP-Se) glass ceramics for infrared GRIN applications"
International Journal of Applied Glass Science
P. Su, Z. Han, D. Kita, P. Becla, H. Lin, K. Richardson, L. C. Kimerling, J. Hu, and A. Agarwal
"Monolithic On-chip Mid-IR Methane Gas Sensor with Waveguide-Integrated Detector"
Applied Physics Letters (submitted)
J. -É. Tremblay, M. Malinowski, K. A. Richardson, S. Fathpour, and M. C. Wu
"Picojoule-Level Octave-Spanning Supercontinuum Generation in Chalcogenide Waveguides"
Optics Express, vol. 26, pp. 21358-21363, August 2018.


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