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Milchberg, Howard

Milchberg, Howard

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
A.V. Williams Building, Rm. 1415


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.


    •    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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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.

  • 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).

Radioactive Material Detected Remotely Using Laser-induced Electron Avalanche Breakdown

New method developed by UMD researchers could be scaled up to improve security at ports of entry

Clark School Researchers Represented on Four 2017 MURI Awards

UMD is one of the top universities represented among the highly competitive grants awarded this year.

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

UMD Physicists Discover “Smoke Rings” Made of Laser Light

3D ring structures made by high-intensity lasers could aid the design of powerful microscopes and more efficient telecommunication lines

Ulukus Named 2016-2017 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher by University of Maryland

The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Program honors members of UMD faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievements along with equally outstanding accomplishments as teachers.

UMD Ties with Stanford, MIT for Most Researchers on 2015 DOD Multidisciplinary Research Grants

UMD Represented on 6 of 22 Teams Awarded University Research Initiative Grants by the Department of Defense

Clark School Professor Published in Physical Review X

Milchberg's laser beam research featured in APS online journal

Sprangle Awarded 2013 Maxwell Prize

A. James Clark School of Engineering professor recognized for pioneering contributions in plasma physics.

Milchberg selected as 2012 OSA Fellow

Professor Howard Milchberg was selected because of his efforts to advance the field of optics.

Alumnus Chen Wins Rosenbluth Award

Research in plasma physics recognized; third such award for students of Howard Milchberg.

Milchberg Receives Grant from Lockheed Martin

Milchberg receives funding for groundbreaking research in laser plasma filaments.

Clark School Faculty Garner National Honors

Electrical and computer engineering (ECE) faculty Howard Milchberg and Min Wu and have received research honors from the American Physics Society (APS) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), respectively.

Bar-Cohen Named Distinguished University Professor

Dr. Avram Bar-Cohen, chair and professor of mechanical engineering, has been appointed as a Distinguished University Professor in recognition of his work in the thermal management of electronic systems.

Howard Milchberg Named Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Shared exploration defines Dr. Milchberg’s teaching style.