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Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Phone: (301) 314-0079
FAX: (301) 314-9477
Email: ashaki@Glue.umd.edu

Picture of Patricia F. Mead
Patricia F. Mead

Description of Research
Dr. Mead's research involves laser physics: Development of solid state and fiber lasers with two-frequency orthogonally polarized output. These lasers may be used in laser ranging, differential absorption lidar, optical communication, and heterodyne interferometry systems; Optoelectronic Packaging: Development of computer software that analyzes thermal and stress fields in high power semiconductor diode laser arrays, and fiber-pigtailed optical sources. She also investigates failure mechanisms for a variety of optoelectronic components using a physics of failure approach; Fiber-Optic Sensors: Development of fiber-optic sensors for biomedical, manufacturing engineering and smart structure applications; Science Education: Portable science education experiments for middle and high school students.
Recent Papers or Publications
Mead, P. F., S. P. Bush, and C. C. Davis, "Single-Mode Operation of Diode-Pumped Nd:YAG Lasers by Pump-Beam Focusing," IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, December, 1994.

Bush, S. P., P. F. Mead, and C. C. Davis, "Strain-Induced Birefringent two-Frequency Operation of Diod-Pumped Nd:YAG Lasers," IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, November 1992.

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