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Richard S. Quimby

Associate Professor
BS Clarkson College 1975
PhD Univ. Wisconsin 1979

Professor Quimby teaches courses and engages in research in the area of photonics, specializing in lasers, fiber optics, and the optical properties of materials. He particularly enjoys developing and teaching interdisciplinary courses that are relevant and interesting to both science and engineering students. Examples of courses he has developed at WPI include PH2501 Photonics, PH2502 Lasers, and PH2601 Photonics Laboratory. Professor Quimby also oversaw the renovation and equipping of Olin 205 as it was transformed into the IPG Photonics Laboratory, and currently serves as director of the laboratory. This lab supports not only the Photonics laboratory course but also many student projects, both graduate and undergraduate. Professor Quimby enjoys working in the lab with students, because it is, as he says, "light work."

Scholarly Work

R.S. Quimby, K.T. Gahagan, B.G. Aitken, M.A. Newhouse, Optics Letters 19, 2021 (1995), "Self-calibrating quantum efficiency measurement technique and application to Pr3+ -doped sulfide glass"
R.M. Martin and R.S. Quimby, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 221104 (2007), "Deviations from the reciprocity theory of McCumber at low temperature in Nd3+ doped glasses"
W.J. Miniscalco, L.J. Andrews, B.A. Thompson, R.S. Quimby, L.J.B. Vacha, and M.G. Drexhage, Elec. Lett. 24, 28 (1988), "1.3 m fluoride fibre laser"
R.S. Quimby and B.G. Aitken, J. Appl. Phys. 82, 3992 (1997), "Anomalous temperature quenching of fluorescence in Pr3+ doped sulfide glass"
R.S. Quimby, N.J. Condon, S.P. O’Connor, S. Biswal, S.R. Bowman, Optical Materials 30, 827-834 (2008), "Upconversion and excited-state absorption in the lower levels of Er:KPb2Cl5"
R.S. Quimby and W.J. Miniscalco, Appl. Opt. 28, 14 (1989), "Continuous-wave lasing on a self-terminating transition"