I am a Professor of Physics at Pacific University in Forest Grove Oregon. I believe active learning environments are fundamental to effective science education. I lead a group of undergraduate research students in several fields of physics: atom cooling and trapping, pattern-forming nonlinear optics, slow- and fast-light, and the application of optical systems to quantum and classical information science.


My current projects run the gamut of optics, electronics, and computing. My research projects explore the interactions between light (i.e. lasers) and matter (e.g. individual atoms). My research group operates three laser systems, an atom trap, and a variety of experimental instruments. I make things and fix things. 3D printing and robotics are recent hobbies as well.

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Winter STEAM camp was a success. Keep in touch for announcements about other upcoming STEAM activities. Summer camps are in the planning stages now.

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Current CV

Recent Papers:

  1. Andrew M.C. Dawes, `Undergraduate Quantum Mechanics: a Numerical Approach using QuTiP,' arXiv:1909.13651 [physics.ed-ph] (2019)
  2. Heejeong Jeong, Chang-Won Lee, Andrew M.C. Dawes, and Daniel J. Gauthier, `Optical precursors in a weakly dispersive double narrow-resonance dielectric,' JOSA B 36 3282 (2019).
  3. Brandon S. Harms, Blake E. Anthony, Noah T. Holte, Hunter A. Dassonville, and Andrew M.C. Dawes, `Multimode Quantum State Tomography Using Unbalanced Array Detection,' Phys. Rev. A 90, 053818 (2014).

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