Masud Mansuripur

  • Faculty Affiliation: OSC Professor
  • Research Specialty: Photonics
Chair of Optical Data Storage
Professor of Optical Sciences
Email Address: 
masud@optics.arizona.edu
Office Location: 
Meinel 638
Mailing Address: 

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

Phone Number: 
520-621-4879
Fax: 
520-621-4358
Education: 
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 1981
  • M.S., Stanford University, 1980
  • M.S., Stanford University, 1978
  • B.S., Arya-Mehr University of Technology (Iran), 1977
Employment: 
  • Chair of Optical Data Storage: The University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center/College of Optical Sciences, 2002-present
  • Professor: The University of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center/College of Optical Sciences, 1991-present
  • Associate Professor: The University of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center, 1988-1991
  • Visiting Chair Professor: National Taiwan University, Physics Department, 2010
  • Associate Professor: Boston University, Department of Electrical Computers and Systems Engineering, 1986-1988
  • Assistant Professor: Boston University, Department of Electrical, Computers and Systems Engineering, 1982-1986
  • Postdoctoral Fellow: Stanford University, Department of Electrical Engineering, 1981-1982
  • Consultant: Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, 1981-1982
  • Member: Xerox Research Center of Canada, Research Staff, 1980-1981
Professional Affiliations and Activities: 
  • American Physical Society/IEEE Photonics Society/OSA: Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Program Committee, Member, 1990
  • Asia-Pacific Data Storage Conference: International Advisory Committee, 2005-present
  • Asia-Pacific Data Storage Conference: Program Committee, Member, 1997-2004
  • Committee on Optical Data Storage, Member, 1990
  • European Optical Society: Topical Meeting on Diffractive Optics, Program Committee, Member, 2011-present
  • IEEE: Intermag Conference, Program Committee, Member, 1989 and 1993
  • Institute of Physics: Center for Research in Optics and Photonics (Brazil), International Oversight Committee, Member
  • Institute of Physics: IOP Publishing, Reports on Progress in Physics, Editorial Board, Member, 2009-2013
  • International Symposium on Optical Memory: Advisory  Committee, 2005-present
  • International Symposium on Optical Memory: Program Committee, Member, 1991-2005
  • International Symposium on Optical Storage in China: International Advisory Committee, Member, 2008-present
  • Magneto-Optical Recording International Symposium: Program Committee, Co-Chair, 1992 and 1999
  • Magneto-Optical Recording International Symposium: Program Committee, Member, 1990-present
  • MediaTech Showcase and Conference: Program Director, 2006-2007
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology: Working Group on Optical Data Storage Technology, Workshop on Photonic Materials, Member, 1992
  • NIST/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency/National Science Foundation: World Technology Evaluation Center Inc. Panel on the Future of Data Storage Technologies, 1998
  • National Storage Industries Consortium: Working Group on Phase-Change Optical Disk Data Storage, 2003
  • National Storage Industries Consortium: Workshop Working Group on Hybrid Technologies for Magnetic and Magneto-Optical Disk Data Storage, Chair, 1999
  • NSF: Workshop on Advanced Data Storage Technology for Computer Systems, Working
  • The Optical Society (OSA): Optics and Photonics News, Contributing Editor, 1996-2006
  • OSA: Applied Optics, Topical Editor, 1995-1998
  • OSA/SPIE/IEEE Photonics Society: International Conference on Optical Data Storage, Program Committee, Member, 1988-2001, 2006-present
  • OSA/SPIE/IEEE Photonics Society: International Conference on Optical Data Storage, Program Committee, Co-Chair, 1992-1994 and 1997-1999
  • OSA/SPIE/IEEE Photonics Society: International Conference on Optical Data Storage, Advisory Commitee, Member, 2004-2006
  • Optical Storage and New Storage Technology (in conjunction with Photonics and Optoelectronics Meetings): Conference Chair, 2009
  • Second Arizona Workshop on Magneto-Optical Storage Media: Co-Chair and Organizer, 1991
  • Sir Mark Oliphant Conferences: Nanophotonics Down Under, International Steering Committee, Member, 2009
  • SPIE: Conference on Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation, Program Committee, Member, 2009-present
  • SPIE: Symposium Honoring Professor Joseph W. Goodman, Conference Chair and Organizer, 2007
Awards and Honors: 
  • Arya Mehr University of Technology (Iran): First Rank in Class, 1977
  • Arya Mehr University of Technology (Iran): Full Scholarship for Graduate Studies
  • DataPlay Co.: Technical Advisory Board, Member, 1998-2002
  • Huangzhu University of Science and Technology (China): Honorary Visiting Professor, 2009-2011
  • IBM: Faculty Development Award, 1983-1985
  • Instrument Technology Research Center (Taiwan): International Advisory Committee, Member, 2008-present
  • NanoChip Co.: Technical Advisory Board, Member, 2003-present
  • The Optical Society (OSA): Fellow, 2000
  • Polarizonics Co.: Technical Advisory Board, member, 2005-2006
  • Quinta Co.: Technical Advisory Board, Member, 1995-2000
  • SPIE: Fellow, 2010
  • Toptica Photonics (Germany): Technical Advisory Board, Member, 1999-present
  • The University of Arizona: College of Optical Sciences, Teacher of the Year Award, 2004-2006
  • University of Notre Dame: SPIE Student Chapter, Honorary Advisor, 2012-present
  • Xerox Corp.: Full Scholarshipo for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research
Specific Research Interests: 
  • Classical electrodynamics.
  • Radiation pressure and photon momentum.
  • Interaction of light and matter.
  • Optical tweezers.
  • Optical data storage.
  • Macromolecular data storage.
  • Diffraction theory.
  • Thin film and multilayer optics.
  • Magneto-optical materials.
  • Phase-change materials.
  • Information theory.
Research Summary: 

Characterization of phase-change and magneto-optical thin films for application in optical and electronic memories; laser material processing; ellipsometric measurements of thin films and multilayer stacks; modeling and characterization of read/write/erase processes in optical data storage.

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Books Authored

  • Classical Optics and Its Applications
    Masud Mansuripur
  • Introduction to Information Theory
    Masud Mansuripur
  • The Physical Principles of Magneto-Optical Recording
    Masud Mansuripur

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