- B . A ., Physics, Whitman College, 1984.
- M. S., Physics, Oregon State University, 1991.
- Ph.D., Physics, Oregon State University, 1997.
- Teaching Assistant, Whitman College, Dept. of Physics. (1982-1984).
- Research Scientist, Battelle Northwest, Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Sensor Physics Group, Automation and Measurement Sciences Department, Applied Physics Center. (1984-1989).
- Graduate Student, Teaching Assistant and Instructor, Oregon State University, Department of Physics. (1989-1996).
- Assistant Professor, SUNY Oswego, Department of Physics. (1996-1997).
- Adjunct Professor, Portland State University, Department of Physics. (1997-1999).
- Adjunct Professor, Oregon State University, Department of Physics. (2000-2001).
- Assistant Professor, Western Oregon University, Department of Physics. (1998-2001).
- Senior Physicist, Photon Kinetics. (2001-Present).^M
Overview Of Professional Character
- Broad experience in working in both theoretical and experimental fields.
- Knowledge of mathematical modeling and software development
- Extensive work with data loggers and computer data acquisition systems.
- Hardware design, development, and troubleshooting abilities.
- Has prototyped many systems, designing sensors, computer data acquisition hardware, and software.
- Considered a good but demanding instructor and project leader.
- Develops good rapport with others; is a sought after advisor, mentor, and instructor.
- Good communicator and conveyer of difficult material.
- Independent and self-motivated.
- Thinks practically and admits limitations.
Summary of Skills
Dr. Matson has broad experience working in both theoretical and experimental fields of physics and applied measurement. His experience includes development and use of both fundamental analytical models and computational models. He also has a range of experience in industrial component characterization and measurement as well as more basic experimental measurements. Dr. Matson is well acquainted with optical and electronic hardware integration and computer control of such hardware. He has solid working knowledge of mathematical modeling utilizing a range of computer languages including C, Fortran, Pascal, Mathematica, Maple, and machine languages. Working with volume visualization of 3-D and 4-D data, he has acquired experience in high-level languages such as IDL, PV-WAVE, MatLab, AVS. He has worked extensively with data loggers and computer data acquisition including real-time high-throughput systems. He is well known for his problem solving abilities. With his creative touch, he frequently cobbles together working "physics toys".
LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE EXPERIENCE
- Founded research group for study of archaeological applications of ground-penetrating radar (GPR). Ongoing work began 1989. Currently designing innovative mathematical modeling and computer algorithms improving GPR data resolution. Invented techniques to use near-field acoustic diffraction techniques to produce 3-D maps of buried city sites. Worked with group to characterize sites on Madaba Plains, Jordan and Rahov, Israel. Use analytical methods and Mathematica to create new analysis tools. Use C and Fortran90 on Linux Beowolf Cluster and Sun UltraSpark 5/Solaris Cluster to write analysis/processing code. Learning OpenMP to parallalize code. Use IDL and Neosys T3D for visualization of processed data.
- Deconvolution of Geophysical Data (1988-1989): Using novel approaches, developed new mathematical algorithms to process data from near-surface geophysical survey of waste disposal sites. The processing software was developed in C++ on MS Windows machines, has the ability to recognize various objects common to buried waste sites (barrels, coffers, tanks), and increases the opportunity to efficiently analyze large sites.
- Performed research at Battelle PNWL in areas of non-linear and superconducting materials, optical sensor development, and computer hardware and software development. Designed computer-driven integrated optical measurement systems. Devised innovative techniques for analysis of complex data sets. Performed basic experimental and theoretical research/development on sensors.
- Lacquer Presence Detection System (1986): Designed and prototyped a system for detecting the presence of a lacquer seal around primers of cartridge cases. The system, eventually developed for use by the US Army, used an Argon-Ion laser to excite fluorescence in the lacquer which could then be optically detected. The system was installed and can inspect parts at 1200 parts per minute with a lower detection limit of .5 microliters of lacquer per seal. Also designed the control software written in machine language (DEC MicroVAX) and Fortran for this system.
- Atmospheric Monitoring System (ATARS) (1988): Designed and wrote computer data acquisition, processing, and user interface software for a van-based atmospheric monitoring system. The system was capable of monitoring optical and infrared surface visibility using telephotometers, integrated ambient light, direct sunlight intensity via solar tracking, and other modular instruments in a multi-tasking data acquisition environment. These instruments used a variety of communication formats including RS232, RS422, IEEE Bus, HP-IB, and the Centronix Parallel Printer bus. Based on DEC PDP 11/83 architecture (in machine language and Fortran), the system was designed for operation over long periods of time by minimally trained personnel.
- Chemical Sensors Research Cooperative (1988): Developed a directly coupled plasma emission-based fiber optic sensor for monitoring heavy metal contamination in ground water. The sensor probe was designed to sample the air directly above the water level in a well. The sensors are capable of monitoring 10 ppb of heavy metals in ground water. A second type of sensor was designed based on a ark-spark type spectrometer. The sensor probe generates an underwater spark in the well. Emission from the resulting plasma is coupled into a fiber optic. The emission from both sensors are analyzed at the surface using conventional techniques. These sensors were designed for real-time in situ monitoring of ground water on the Hanford site in Eastern Washington.
- Optical Sensors for Hydrocarbon Sensing in the Environment (Exploratory Research Program): Spectrochemical sensors for remote sensing of hydrocarbons were investigated. This class of sensors utilized the near infrared transmission properties of zirconium fluoride optical fibers. Three different remote spectrochemical sensors were developed which incorporate these IR transmitting fiber optics; they include a gas absorption cell, a photoacoustic cell, and an inexpensive FT-IR interface to a remote gas analysis cell.
- VIS-IR Transmissometer (1986): Assisted in the optical design of transmissometer receiver. The system requirements called for a field hardened telescopic spectrometer including a range from the long NIR to near UV with a dynamic sensitivity of 8 decades. Signal loss, thermal and mechanical stability, and field reliability were key issues of the design. The module was installed in mobile unit for use by the US Army in testing of smoke screen counter measures. My portion of the task involved the design of the optical detection module, development of operating and system software, and the establishment of communication and data interfaces. Design features included field hardening (the system was housed in a rugged van), control with minimum of operator input, and high data collection rates.
- Thesis research on theoretical analysis of interface-specific optical mixing (ISOM). Performed numerical calculations on ISOM in waveguide and reflection geometry. Predicted new experiments that should yield surface specific results. Also performed experiments probing electronic states using four-wave ISOM spectroscopy in waveguides. This research uses a frequency doubled, Q-switched, mode locked Nd:YAG which pumps two tunable dye lasers. Dye lasers provide applied and stimulating fields for the four-wave mixing process; they are coupled into the waveguide and allowed to interact. Resultant waves are coupled out, separated from other waves with a monochromator, and detected with a photomultiplier tube. Timing electronics and computer data acquisition and control hardware provide coincidence and complete automation. Did numerical analysis of self-modelocking in a Nd:YAG laser; made measurements on an existing cavity to verify calculations.
- Current research track on alteration of electronic states of ozone molecules loosely bound to ice surfaces. These surfaces approximate the surfaces of ice crystals in the upper atmosphere mediating ozone destruction chemistry. Currently characterizing 'clean' ice surfaces and learning how to grow them reproducibly. As co-principle investigator wrote a NSF-ILI grant (not funded) to build an (initial version of an) ISOM laboratory and improve the undergraduate advanced research laboratories.
- Performed research at OSU in instrumentation design using Fourier & Classical optics. Performed theoretical calculations of multi-photon transitions on multiple-level atoms and simple molecules. Developed techniques integrating optical gratings in optical waveguides for surface-sensitive multi-photon spectroscopy. These techniques included exposing a holographic grating using the 351 nm line of an Ar ion laser in a photoresist. Performed calculations on non-monochromatic optical fields in planar waveguides. Calculated local induced non-linear optical field distributions near interfaces.
- Currently pursuing use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) as origin identification tool for ancient pottery. Employing superconducting NMR spectrometer at OSU with iron and cobalt isotopes for signature keys.
- Four years of experience in the classroom as assistant professor. Extensive experience teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses. Considered a good communicator and conveyer of material. Is sought after as an advisor, mentor, and instructor. Pushes students' abilities without allowing them to become frustrated. Is considered a good but demanding instructor.
- Has taught advanced courses such as Computer Interfacing, Computer Modeling in Quantum Mechanics, Electronics, Optics, and Computation Physics.
- Designed and constructed several education laboratories including WOU honours science, Conceptual Physics, Physics of Sound and Music, Applied Physical Optics Laboratory for Hewlett-Packard Laser Ablation technicians. Has written 10 laboratory manuals for various courses.
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- Received OCEPT grants totaling $16K for laboratory upgrade of general science courses, Contracted on $400,000 NSF funded program to create an undergraduate computational physics major at OSU.
- Currently working on proposal for an Applied Technology Program in an attempt to revitalize the physics-chemistry option at WOU. Resulting program would be aimed at preparing students for high-tech jobs in the growing Silicon Forest Industry.
- OSU Hillel President (1989-1995): OSU Hillel is the OSU Jewish student group.
Creating activity calendars, organizing and executing events, delegating responsibility for such activities, writing monthly Hillel newsletters, budgeting, securing funding, leading meetings, working with other student groups on campus, answering questions concerning Judaism, maintaining a Jewish element on campus, acting as Jewish student councilor.
- Served as Beit Am board member (1990-1995). Beit Am is the Mid-Willamette Jewish Community Center.
Acting as liaison between the campus and Corvallis Jewish communities, planning and organizing social events.
- Served on committee for nationally-recognized Corvallis-OSU Holocaust Remembrance Week (90-96).
- Appointed to Oregon State University President's Commission on Hate-Related Activities (PCHA) (94-96).
- Presented informal classes in Jewish Film-making, Jewish Culture, Introductory Hebrew Language, Kabbalistic Philosophy and Literature, Talmudic Philosophy, Jewish Ritual Practices.
- Spearheaded opening of relations between the Corvallis Muslim and Jewish communities. Planned and helped to organize events with Muslim community.