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Justin Bruce Peatross
Professor Physics
Brigham Young University
N269 Eyring Science Center
Provo, UT 84602


  • Raised in Duchesne, UT; Eagle Scout (1981); Valedictorian: Delta High School, UT (1983); LDS Mission: Portugal (1984-1986)
  • Bachelor of Science, Physics, Brigham Young University - Cum Laude (1988)
  • Doctorate, Physics, University of Rochester (Laboratory for Laser Energetics), Thesis: The Far-Field Angular Distribution of High-Order Harmonics Produced in Light Scattering from a Thin Low-Density Gas Target; Advisors: David D. Meyerhofer, Joseph H. Eberly (1993)
  • Post Doctoral Research, Theoretical High-Field Atomic Physics, General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Group of Mikhail V. Fedorov (1994)
  • Post Doctoral Research, High-intensity Laser Experiments, Washington State University, Group of Henry Kapteyn and Margaret Murnane (1995)
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Brigham Young University (1996 - 2001)
  • Associate Professor of Physics, Brigham Young University (2002 - 2007)
  • Sabbatical Leave, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg, Germany, Group of Christoph Keitel (2006)
  • Professor of Physics, Brigham Young University (2008 - present)

Research Interests

  • Fundamental Quantum Behavior of Light Emission from Free Electrons
  • Optical Wave Propagation: Group Velocity, Interpretation of Superluminal and Subluminal Behaviors
  • Laser-Generated High-Order Harmonics
  • Radiometric Levitation of Small Particles in a Laser


  • Outstanding Teacher, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (2003).
  • Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching Award, Brigham Young University (2006).


  • Jumbo Teleprompter with directional screen (U. S. Patent No. 6,834,968)
  • Raman Instrument for Measuring Weak Signals in the Presence of Strong Background Fluorescence, Nu Skin International (U. S. Patent No. 7,558,619)


  • 2010-2014 "Photoemission by large electron wave packets emitted out the side of a relativistic laser focus," National Science Foundation, Division of Physics, ($300,000)
  • 2005-2009 "Bright Laser High-Order Harmonic Generation," National Science Foundation, Division of Physics ($286,468)
  • 2000-2005 "Experiments with High Harmonic Generation and Enhancement of Optics Education," National Science Foundation, Faculty Early Career Development Program, Division of Physics ($356,837)
  • 2000-2003 "Enhancement of an Advanced Undergraduate Student Optics Course," National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education ($58,616)
  • 1993-1994 National Science Foundation, Program for Long and Medium-Term Research at Foreign Centers of Excellence ($34,250)