Washburn received his B.S degree in physics (summa cum laude) from
the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI in 1994. As
physics undergraduate at UW-Parkside he spent one year working at
Argonne National Laboratory. Here, his research focused on
experimental vortex pinning in high-temperature superconductors.
From there, he moved to Emory University and then to Georgia
Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA to complete his Ph.D. in
Physics. His graduate career began by conducting ultrafast laser
spectroscopy of III-V semiconductors, which included experiments
using terahertz generation and time-resolved photoluminescence.
His graduate thesis then focused on measuring and simulating the
nonlinear processes that occur during supercontinuum generation in
photonic crystal fibers. Also, while at Georgia Tech, Brian was a
member of the Georgia Tech Ultrafast Optical Communications
Consortium, which was a consortium between Georgia Tech, Bell
South, Nortel Networks, and Corning Incorporated to develop a 160
Gbit/s optical time division multiplexed link. After completing
his Ph.D. in the spring of 2002, Brian started a postdoctoral
position at the National Institute of Standards and Technology,
Boulder CO studying noise properties of supercontinuum generation.
This work has lead to him developing the first phase-locked
all-fiber based supercontinuum source for frequency metrology. In
August 2005 he joined Kansas State University, Manhattan KS, as an
assistant professor in physics. At Kansas State, Dr. Washburn has
demonstrated a low-loss fusion method between photonic bandgap
fiber and step index fiber using a arc fusion splicer, generated
of sub 30 fs pulses by using parabolic pulse compression, and has
phase stabilized fiber laser that uses a carbon nanotube as a
saturable absorber. His current research interests include
ultrafast semiconductor spectroscopy, nonlinear fiber optics,
mode-locked fiber lasers, and quantum optics.
Washburn is a member of the Optical Society of America, the IEEE
Lasers and Electro-Optics (LEOS) Society, and the American