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Washington State University Institute for Shock Physics

Research Associates

Benjamin Anderson

Senior Research Associate, ISP/Applied Sciences Laboratory

(509) 358-7784

Scientific Interests and Work

Nonlinear optics and novel optical imaging techniques.

During the past two decades work has been done to image through opaque materials by using spatial light modulation to couple an incident light beam’s spatial modes to the material’s transmission eigenchannels.  This technique has found many applications in biological imaging, astronomy, and materials characterization.  Dr. Benjamin Anderson’s work seeks to use this technique to characterize polymers doped with both optically active and inactive nanoparticles.


Dr. Benjamin Anderson joined the Institute for Shock Physics’ Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL) after earning his Ph.D. in Physics from Washington State University in 2013.  Dr. Anderson’s graduate research involved developing novel optical imaging techniques to characterize reversible photodegradation in dye-doped polymers, as well as using other optical and electro-optical techniques for characterization.


Ph.D. (Physics), 2013, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
M.S. (Physics), 2011, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
B.S. (Physics, Mathematics, and Theology) 2008, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

Honors and Recognition

  • Departmental Honors, Valparaiso University, May 2008
  • Christ College Scholar, Valparaiso University, May 2008
  • Distinguished Scholar Award, Washington State University, August 2008
  • William C. Band Fellowship, Washington State University, August 2008

Representative Publications

  1. Benjamin Anderson, Elizabeth Bernhardt, and Mark G. Kuzyk “A White Light Interferometric Microscope for Measuring Dose Dependent Reversible Photodegradation” J. Appl. Phys, 114, 123103, 2013
  2. Benjamin Anderson, Sheng-Ting Hung, and Mark G. Kuzyk, “Influence of an electric field on photodegradation and self-healing in disperse orange 11 dye-doped PMMA thin films,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 30, 3193-3201 (2013)
  3. Benjamin Anderson, Sheng-Ting Hung, and Mark G. Kuzyk “Testing theories of self-healing using photoconductivity as a probe of photodegradation and recovery,” Proc. SPIE 8519, 85190H (2012).
  4. Benjamin Anderson, Shiva K. Ramini and Mark G. Kuzyk, “Imaging studies of photodamage and self-healing in disperse orange 11 dye-doped PMMA.” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, 2011, 28, 528-32
  5. Benjamin Anderson, Shiva K. Ramini, and Mark G. Kuzyk “Imaging studies of photodamage and self- healing of anthraquinone derivative dye doped polymers,” Proc. SPIE 8190, 81900N (2011).