Faculty Profile

Edward Whittaker

Building: Burchard
Room: 708
Phone: 201.216.5707
Fax: 201.216.5638
Email: [email protected]
School:  Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Department:  Physics and Engineering Physics

Columbia University, New York, NY: Ph.D. (1982), M. Phil. (1980), M. A. (1977) in physics

Doctoral Thesis: Hyperfine structure of praseodymim doped lanthanum trifluoride using photon echo modulation.

Advisor: Professor Sven R. Hartmann

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA: B. S. (1976) in physics.

Senior thesis: Light scattering from nematic liquid crystals.

Advisor: Professor Lorenzo M. Narducci

  • My research interests currently are in the area of the development of applications for novel semiconductor lasers for sensitive detection of molecules and for free space optical communications
  • I have also worked in and retain an interest in the areas of quantum optics, transient optical spectroscopy and squeezed quantum states
  • I am currently a topical editor for the journal Optics Letters.
Honors & Awards

2003-2004 American Institute of Physics State Department Science Fellow


Science and Technology Advisor, Directorate for Defense Trade Controls, United States Department of State


Professional Societies

Member: American Physical Society

Member: Optical Society of America

Member: New York Academy of Sciences 

Patents & Inventions
United States Patent # 5,267,019: Method and apparatus for reducing fringe interference in laser spectroscopy, Edward A Whittaker and Hoi Cheong Sun, Inventors. Issued November 30, 1993.

United States Patent # 5,636,035: Method and apparatus for dual modulation laser spectroscopy, Edward A Whittaker and Hoi Cheong Sun, Inventors. Issued June 3, 1997.

United States Patent # 7,073,384: Method and apparatus for remote measurement of vibration and properties of objects, Dimitry Donskoy, Nikolay Sedunov and Edward A Whittaker, Inventors. Issued July 11, 2006.
  • PEP 111 Mechanics
  • PEP 112 Electricity and Magnetism
  • PEP 332 Mathematical Methods for Physics
  • PEP 722 Molecular Spectroscopy