Justin Bruce Peatross
Professor Physics, Bringham Young University

August 2019

Alumni Focus

Justin Peatross obtained his B.S. in Physics from the Brigham Young University and began graduate studies at the University of Rochester Department of Physics and Astronomy in 1988. His graduate research on The Far-Field Angular Distribution of High-Order Harmonics Produced in Light Scattering from a Thin Low-Density Gas Target was carried out at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics under the supervision of Profs. Meyerhofer and Eberly. Upon completion of his thesis work (1993) he carried out post-doctoral research at the General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow [Mikhail V. Fedorov's group (1994)] and on high-intensity laser experiments at Washington State University [Henry Kaptey's and Margaret Murnane's group (1995)]. In 1996 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Physics at Bringham Young University and in 2008 he was promoted to his current position as Professor of Physics. Prof. Peatross' research interests include: fundamental quantum behavior of light emission from free electrons, optical wave propagation: group velocity, interpretation of superluminal and subluminal behaviors, laser-generated high-order harmonics, and radiometric levitation of small particles in a laser. Peatross has been awarded the Outstanding Teacher, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (2003) and the Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching Award, Brigham Young University (2006).