Michael Mason Kash

Professor Mike Kash is a proud Forester alum who returned to the College to teach alongside some of his favorite faculty.Professor Mike Kash is a proud Forester alum who returned to the College to teach alongside some of his favorite faculty.

Professor of Physics
Chair, Department of Physics 

Education

PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge Massachusetts, 7/88
BA Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, 6/77

Research Interest

Interaction of atoms and electromagnetic fields, atomic structure, laser spectroscopy, quantum optics. Work with single-frequency diode laser systems and thermal atomic beams. Presently studying non-linear optical processes in molecules with femtosecond lasers.

Selected Publications

Observation of picosecond UV pulses produced by coherent scattering of IR femtosecond pulses in atomic rubidium vapor.  Gombojav O. Ariunbold, Michael M. Kash, Vladimir A. Sautenkov, Hebin Li, Yuri V. Rostovtsev, George R. Welch, and Marlan O. Scully, JOSA B 28, 515 (2011).

 

Observation of picoseconds superfluorescent pulses in rubidium atomic vapor pumped by 100-fs laser pulses.  Gombojav O. Ariunbold, Michael M. Kash, Vladimir A. Sautenkov, Hebin Li, Yuri V. Rostovtsev, George R. Welch, and Marlan O. Scully, Phys. Rev. A 82, 043421 (2010).

 

Carrier-Envelope Phase Effect on Atomic Excitation by Few-Cycle rf Pulses.  Hebin Li, Vladimir A. Sautenkov, Yuri V. Rostovtsev, Michael M. Kash, Petr M. Anisimov, George R. Welch, and Marlan O. Scully, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 103001 (2010).

 

A model experiment for stand-off sensing.  Gombojav O. Ariunbold, Michael M. Kash, Hebin Li, Vladimir A. Sautenkov, Yuri V. Rostovtsev, George R. Welch, and Marlan O. Scully, Journal of Modern Optics 55, 3273 (2008).

 

Optical imaging beyond the diffraction limit via dark states.  Hebin Li, Vladimir A Sautenkov, Michael M. Kash, Alexei V. Sokolov, George R. Welch, Yuri V. Rostovtsev, M. Suhail Zubairy, and Marlan O. Scully, Phys. Rev. A 78, 013803 (2008).

 

Nonlinear Optics via Double Dark Resonances, S. F. Yelin, V. A. Sautenkov, M. M. Kash, G. R. Welch and M. D. Lukin, Phys. Rev. A 68,063801 (2003). 

Review of Atom-Photon Interactions: Basic Processes and Applications by Cohen-Tannoudji, Dupont-Rock, and Grynberg. Laser and Particle Beams 18, 717 (2000).

Ultraslow Group Velocity and Enhanced Nonlinear Optical Effects in a Coherently Driven Hot Atomic Gas, M. M. Kash, V. A. Sautenkov, A. S. Zibrov, L. Hollberg, G. R. Welch, M. D. Lukin, Y. Rostovtsev, E. S. Fry, and M. O. Scully, Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 5229(1999).

Density Narrowing in Electromagnetically Induced Transparency, V. A. Sautenkov, M. M. Kash, V. L. Velichansky, and G. R. Welch, Laser Physics 9,1 (1999).

Experiment in Quantization: Energy States of the Neon Atom by Electron Impact: The Franck-Hertz Experiment, M. M. Kash and G. C. Shields, J. Chem. Educ. 71,466 (1994).

Experiment in Quantization: Atomic Line Spectra, G. C. Shields and M. M. Kash, J. Chem. Educ. 69,329 (1992).

Diamagnetic Rydberg Atom: Confrontation of Calculated and Observed Spectra, C. Iu, G. R. Welch, M. M. Kash, D. Kleppner, D. Delande, and J. C. Gay, Phys. Rev. Lett. 66, 145(1991).

Orderly Structure in the Positive-Energy Spectrum of a Diamagnetic Rydberg Atom, C. Iu, G. R. Welch, M. M. Kash, L. Hsu, and D. Kleppner, Phys. Rev, Lett. 63,1133 (1989).

Positive-Energy Structure of the Diamagnetic Rydberg Spectrum, G. R. Welch, M. M. Kash, C. Iu, L. Hsu, and D. Kleppner, Phys. Rev. Lett. 62,1975 (1989).

Experimental Study of Energy-Level Statistics in a Regime of Regular Classical Motion, G. R. Welch, M. M. Kash, C. Iu, L. Hsu, and D. Kleppner, Phys. Rev. Lett. 62, 893 (1989).

Diamagnetic structure of lithium: n » 21, M. M. Kash, G. R. Welch, C. Iu, and D. Kleppner, Spectrochimica Acta 45A, 57 (1989). 

Observation of the saturation effect in continuous-wave coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy of liquid nitrogen, I. L. Shumay, V. N. Zadkov, D. J. Heinzen, M. M. Kash, and M. S. Feld, Opt. Lett. 11,233 (1986).

Avoided Crossings and Autoionization Widths of Hydrogen and Alkali Metals in Magnetic Fields, M. L. Zimmerman, M. M. Kash, and G. R- Welch, Journ. de Phys. 43, C2-113(1982).

Dynamical effects at avoided level crossings: A study of the Landau-Zener effect using Rydberg atoms, J. R. Rubbmark, M. M. Kash, M. G. Littman, and D. Kleppner, Phys. Rev. A 23, 3107 (1981).

Evidence of an Approximate Symmetry for Hydrogen in a Uniform Magnetic Field, M. L. Zimmerman, M. M. Kash, and D. Kleppner, Phys. Rev. Lett. 45,1092 (1980).

Stark structure of the Rydberg states of alkali-metal atoms, M. L. Zimmerman, M. G. Littman, M. M. Kash, and D. Kleppner, Phys. Rev. A 20,2251 (1979).

Field-Ionization Processes in Excited Atoms, M. G. Littman, M. M. Kash, and D. Kleppner, Phys. Rev. Lett. 41, 103 (1978).

The Diurnal Anisotropy and Field-Aligned Diffusion of Cosmic Rays, A. J. Owens and M. M. Kash, Journ. of Geophys. Res. 81,3471 (1976).

Honors and Awards

Grants

Creation of Polarized Atomic Fluorescence (with Peter Koenen ’93),received 2/1/93.

Awards

Trustee Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership, 9/02
Richard W. Hantke Alumni Teacher Award, 9/02
William L. Dunn Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarly Promise, 5/92

Undergraduate Honors

Phi Beta Kappa Senior Thesis Award
Stahl Award in Physics
Sigma Pi Sigma
Curtis Prize in Mathematics
Phi Beta Kappa (elected in junior year)
Haas Award for Scholarship (three years)
Chemistry Achievement Award (freshman year)