kaitlinwozniak [at] gmail [dot] com
Laser-material Interactions, Laser Systems, Metrology
I was raised near Pittsburgh, PA and attended Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. I received my B.S. in Physics with a specialty in Astrophysics in 2011. I made the Dean’s list all four years and graduated Magna Cum Laude. My undergraduate thesis, “An Investigation of the Effects of Different Azo-Dyes on Azimuthal Gliding of Dye-Doped Nematic Liquid Crystals” was awarded best senior thesis in the sciences. After graduation, I worked in Budapest, Hungary, supervising three undergraduate students on an NSF grant for foreign collaboration in the field of liquid crystals. Working in Hungary’s national science facility, KFKI, I synthesized new derivatives of an azobenzene dye and studied their effects in optically addressed twisted nematic liquid crystal devices.
In 2012 I began my PhD work in the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. I joined Dr. Steve Jacob’s group at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics and began work on developing an all-optical liquid crystal spatial light modulator for high-peak power laser systems. Recently, I have joined Dr. Ellis’ Precision Instrumentation Group to aid in the advancement of the IRIS project. My primary research interests are laser-material interactions, polarization, and laser systems.