Jim H. Burge

  • Faculty Affiliation: Professor Emeritus
Professor Emeritus of Optical Sciences
Professor of Astronomy
Mailing Address: 

College of Optical Sciences
The University of Arizona
1630 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210094
Tucson, AZ 85721-0094

Education: 
  • Ph.D., The University of Arizona, 1993
  • M.S., The University of Arizona, 1991
  • B.S., Ohio State University, 1987
Employment: 
  • Professor Emeritus: The University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, 2016
  • Professor: The University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, 2008-2016
  • Professor: The University of Arizona, Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory, 2008-present
  • Associate Professor: The University of Arizona, Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory, 2003-2008
  • Associate Professor: The University of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center/College of Optical Sciences, 2003-2008
  • Assistant Professor: The University of Arizona, Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory, 1997-2003
  • Assistant Professor: The University of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center, 1997-2003
  • Project Scientist for Mirror Testing: The University of Arizona, Steward Observatory, 1993-1997
  • Senior Research Specialist: The University of Arizona, Steward Observatory, 1991-1993
  • Graduate Research Assistant: The University of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center, 1988-1991
  • Researcher: Battelle Memorial Institute, Optical Systems Division, 1986-1988
Professional Affiliations and Activities: 
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers: Member
  • American Society for Precision Engineering: Member
Awards and Honors: 
  • The Optical Society (OSA): Fellow
  • OSA: Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize, 2011
  • SPIE: Fellow
Specific Research Interests: 
  • Large optics fabrication and testing.
  • Diffractive optics.
  • Optomechanical engineering.
  • Optical design.
Research Summary: 

The Large Optics Fabrication and Testing research group, led by Jim H. Burge, consists of research faculty, staff and students dedicated to developing advanced technologies for optical testing and fabrication of large optical components and systems. LOFT research is closely tied to hardware projects at the College of Optical Sciences and the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab. The intersection of basic research and production driven projects provides LOFT faculty and students the ability to efficiently take technical solutions from concept to prototype to full scale implementation. Likewise the implementation of advanced technologies allows OSC and the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab to build new classes of optical components and systems. LOFT students and faculty make significant contributions to new astronomical telescopes and advanced optical instruments.

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