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Milchberg, Howard

A.V. Williams Building, Rm. 1415
(301) 405-4816

Research Interests 

Nonlinear optics, laser and optical physics, interaction of intense electromagnetic fields with atoms, solids, and plasmas; generation and application of coherent and incoherent short wavelength radiation.


B.Eng. (1979, Engineering Physics), McMaster Univ.; Ph.D. (1985, Astrophysical Sciences), Princeton Univ.; AT&T Bell Laboratories (1985-87); Assistant Prof.(1988-1993), Assoc. Prof. (1993-95), Professor (1995-present) Univ. of Maryland; NSERC Postgraduate Fellowship, National Research Council of Canada (1979-84); NSF Presidential Young Investigator (1988-93); APS Excellence in Plasma Physics Research Award (2005); Fellow American Physical Society.

Selected Publications 

  • Plasma hydrodynamics of the intense laser-cluster interaction
    H.M. Milchberg, S.J. McNaught, and E. Parra, Phys. Rev. E 64, 056402 (2001).
  • A pump-probe investigation of laser-droplet plasma dynamics
    S. J. McNaught, J. Fan, E. Parra, and H. M. Milchberg, Appl. Phys. Lett. 79, 4100 (2001).
  • Characterization of a cryogenic, high-pressure gas jet operated in the droplet regime
    E. Parra, S.J. McNaught, and H.M. Milchberg, Rev. Sci. Inst. 73, 468 (2002).
  • Characterization of a cryogenic, high-pressure gas jet operated in the droplet regime
    E. Parra, S.J. McNaught, and H.M. Milchberg, Rev. Sci. Inst. 73, 468 (2002).
  • Resonant self-trapping of high intensity Bessel beams in under-dense plasmas
    J. Fan, E. Parra, K. Y. Kim, I. Alexeev, H. M. Milchberg, J. Cooley and T.M. Antonsen, Phys. Rev. E 65, 056408 (2002).
  • Measurement of the superluminal group velocity of an ultrashort Bessel beam pulse
    I.Alexeev, K.Y. Kim, and H.M. Milchberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 073901 (2002).
  • Single-shot supercontinuum spectral interferometry
    K.Y Kim, I. Alexeev, and H. M. Milchberg, Appl. Phys. Lett. 81, 4124 (2002).
  • Single-shot measurement of laser-induced double step ionization of helium
    K.Y. Kim, I. Alexeev, and H.M. Milchberg, Optics Express 10, 1563 (2002).
  • Hydrodynamic timescales for intense laser-heated clusters
    E. Parra, I. Alexeev, J. Fan, K. Y. Kim, S. J. McNaught, and H.M. Milchberg, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 20, 118 (2003).
  • Time-resolved explosion of intense laser-heated clusters
    K.Y. Kim, I. Alexeev, E. Parra, and H.M. Milchberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 023401 (2003).
  • Self-focusing of intense laser pulses in a clustered gas
    I.Alexeev, T. M. Antonsen, K.Y. Kim, and H.M. Milchberg, Phys. Rev Lett. 90, 103402 (2003).
  • Measurement of the average size and density of clusters in a gas jet
    K. Y. Kim, V. Kumarappan, and H. M. Milchberg, Appl. Phys. Lett. 83, 3210 (2003).
  • Gases of exploding laser-heated cluster nanoplasmas as a nonlinear optical medium
    K.Y. Kim, I. Alexeev, V. Kumarappan, E. Parra, T. Antonsen, T. Taguchi, A. Gupta, and H.M. Milchberg., Phys. of Plasmas 11, 2882 (2004).
  • Resonant heating of a cluster plasma by intense laser light
    T. Taguchi, T.M. Antonsen, and H.M. Milchberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 205003 (2004).
  • Spectral redshifts in the intense laser-cluster interaction
    K.Y. Kim, I. Alexeev, T.M. Antonsen, A. Gupta, V. Kumarappan, and H.M. Milchberg, Phys. Rev. A 71, R011201 (2005).

Honors and Awards 

    •    Clark School of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Research Award (2016)
    •    2012 OSA Fellow
    •    American Physical Society (APS) Excellence in Plasma Physics Award (2005)
    •    Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, University of Maryland (2005-2006)
    •    Supervisor of American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics Dissertation Award Winner (1999, 2004, 2012)
    •    American Physical Society Fellow (1995)
    •    NSF Presidential Young Investigator (1988)

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Research teams at UMD receive grants for multidisciplinary research initiatives. April 25, 2017

Milchberg and Khaligh Receive 2016 Junior and Senior Faculty Outstanding Research Awards
Prof. Milchberg and Prof. Khaligh are the 2016 Senior and Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award recipients for their exceptional and highly influential research accomplishments September 26, 2016

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Milchberg Lab Featured in APS Viewpoint
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