I am an Associate 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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This spring I was awarded Tenure and promotion to Associate Professor

I will be presenting an invited talk at Photonics West 2014, let me know if you'll be at the conference!

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Physics assistant professor Andrew Dawes, Ph.D., a three-year grant to better understand the quantum state of multimode light before and after storage in an atomic vapor.

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Current CV

Recent Papers:

  1. Marcus B. Kienlen, Noah T. Holte, Hunter A. Dassonville, Andrew M.C. Dawes, Kurt D. Iversen, Ryan M. McLaughlin, and Shannon K. Mayer, "Coherent blue light generation in rubidium vapor," to appear in Am. J. Phys. (2013).
  2. Heejeong Jeong, A. M. C. Dawes and D. J. Gauthier, `Carrier-Frequency Dependence of a Step-Modulated Pulse Propagating Through a Single Narrow-Resonance Absorber,' J. Mod. Opt. 58, 865 (2011).
  3. A. M. C. Dawes, `Optical switching with cold atoms,' Physics 2, 41 DOI 10.1103/Physics.2.41 (2009)
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