Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences @ University of Toronto
Room SB5026, UTM. 3359 Mississauga Road North | Mississauga, ON. L5L 1C6
 
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• Arkady Major - Research Associate Arkady Major
EMAIL: a.major [at] utoronto.ca

PHONE: 204-4747541

RESEARCH INFORMATION:
I am interested in development of ultrashort pulse diode-pumped solid-state lasers and optical parametric oscillators for applications in multimodal nonlinear microscopy. I am also interested in nonlinear optical properties of photonic materials.

DEGREES:
B.Sc. Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and Semiconductor Physics Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania, 1997 (Physical Electronics)
M.Sc. Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania, 1999 (Physics)
Ph.D. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2002 (Physics)

EMPLOYMENT/EXPERIENCE:
Assistant Professor: ECE Department, University of Manitoba, Canada, 2007-present
Research Associate: Physics department, University of Toronto, Canada, 2006-2007
Post Doctoral Fellow: Physics department, University of Toronto, Canada, 2004-2006
Post Doctoral Fellow: ECE department, University of Toronto, Canada, 2002-2004

PUBLICATIONS:
Journal Papers

A. Major, J.S. Aitchison, P.W.E. Smith, F. Druon, P. Georges, B. Viana, G.P. Aka Z-scan measurements of the nonlinear refractive indices of novel Yb-doped laser crystal hosts, Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics (accepted)

A. Major, J.S. Aitchison, P.W.E. Smith, N. Langford, A.I. Ferguson, �Efficient Raman shifting of high-energy picosecond pulses into the eye-safe 1.5 um spectral region using a KGd(WO4)2 crystal�, Optics Letters (accepted)

A. Major, F. Yoshino, J.S. Aitchison, P.W.E. Smith, E. Sorokin and I.T. Sorokina, �Ultrafast nonresonant third-order optical nonlinearities in ZnSe for all-optical switching at telecom wavelengths�, Applied Physics Letters (accepted)

A. Major, J.S. Aitchison, P.W.E. Smith, N. Langford, A.I. Ferguson, �Coherent two-photon absorption spectroscopy of the Raman-active KGd(WO4)2 crystal�, Optics Letters (accepted)

A. Major, F. Yoshino, J.S. Aitchison and P.W.E. Smith, �Wide spectral range third-order autocorrelator based on ultrafast nonresonant nonlinear refraction�, Optics Letters, Vol. 29, No. 16, pp.1945-1947, (2004)

I.P. Nikolakakos, A. Major, J.S. Aitchison and P.W.E. Smith, �Broadband characterization of the nonlinear optical properties of common reference materials�, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (accepted)

F. Yoshino, A. Major, L. Brzozowski, L. Levina, V. Sukhovatkin and E.H. Sargent, �Picosecond-resolved nonlinear absorption of spin-processible Lead Sulfide (PbS) nanocrystals from 1100 to 1600 nm�, SPIE Proceedings, Vol. 5361, pp. 142-149, (2004)

A. Major, F. Yoshino, I. Nikolakakos, J.S. Aitchison and P.W.E. Smith, �Dispersion of the nonlinear refractive index in sapphire�, Optics Letters, Vol. 29, No. 6, pp. 602-604, (2004)

A. Major, I. Nikolakakos, J.S. Aitchison, A.I. Ferguson, N. Langford and P.W.E. Smith, �Characterization of the nonlinear refractive index of the laser crystal Yb:KGd(WO4)2�, Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics, Vol. 77, No. 4, pp. 433-436, (2003)


Conference Papers

A. Major, F. Yoshino, J.S. Aitchison, P.W.E. Smith, D. Zigmantas, V. Barzda, �Picosecond z-scan measurements of the two-photon absorption in beta-carotene solution over the 590-790 nm wavelength range�, in Integrated Optoelectronic Devices, Photonics West 2005 (accepted)

A. Major, J.S. Aitchison, P.W.E. Smith, N. Langford, A.I. Ferguson, �Two-photon absorption properties of noncritically phase-matched KNbO3 crystal and efficient high pulse energy second-harmonic generation at 430 nm�, in The OSA Annual Meeting / Laser Science XX Conference (OSA, Rochester, USA, 2004), paper JWA12, poster (accepted)

A. Major, J.S. Aitchison, P.W.E. Smith, N. Langford, A.I. Ferguson, �Efficient Raman shifting of high-energy picosecond pulses into the eye-safe 1.5 mm spectral region using a KGd(WO4)2 crystal�, in The OSA Annual Meeting / Laser Science XX Conference (OSA, Rochester, USA, 2004), paper LThF3, oral (accepted)

A. Major, F. Yoshino, J.S. Aitchison, and P.W.E. Smith, �Broadband third-order autocorrelator based on ultrafast nonresonant nonlinear refraction�, in The 16th Quantum Electronics and Photonics Conference (Institute of Physics, Glasgow, U.K., 2004), accepted, P1-28 poster

A. Major, J.S. Aitchison, P.W.E. Smith, N. Langford, A.I. Ferguson, �Two-photon absorption properties of the Raman-active KGd(WO4)2 crystal�, in The 16th Quantum Electronics and Photonics Conference (Institute of Physics, Glasgow, U.K., 2004), accepted, P3-4 poster

A. Major, J.S. Aitchison, P.W.E. Smith, F. Druon, P. Georges, B. Viana, G. P. Aka, �Z-scan measurements of the nonlinear refractive indices of novel Yb-doped laser crystal hosts�, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (2004), paper CFL2, oral

I. Nikolakakos, A. Major, J.S. Aitchison, and P.W.E. Smith, �Dispersion of the nonlinear refractive index and the two-photon absorption coefficient in the silicate glass SF-59�, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (2004), paper CThJ4, oral

F. Yoshino, A. Major, L. Levina, and E.H. Sargent, �Nonlinear refractive properties in Lead Sulfide (PbS) nanocrystals from 1200 to 1550 nm�, in International Quantum Electronics Conference (2004), paper IWA23, poster

A. Major, F. Yoshino, J.S. Aitchison, P.W.E. Smith, I.T. Sorokina, and E. Sorokin, �Ultrafast nonresonant third-order optical nonlinearities in ZnSe for photonic switching at telecom wavelengths�, Nonlinear and Guided Waves (2004), paper TuC13, poster

A. Major, F. Yoshino, I. Nikolakakos, J.S. Aitchison and P.W.E. Smith, �Broadband characterization of the nonlinear refractive index of sapphire�, in IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting 2003, p. 405, paper TuAA3, oral

A. Major, I. Nikolakakos, J.S. Aitchison, A.I. Ferguson, N. Langford and P.W.E. Smith, �Measurement of the nonlinear refractive index of Yb:KGd(WO4)2 laser crystal�, in IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting 2003, p. 1015, paper ThBB2, oral

F. Yoshino, A. Major, L. Brzozowski, L. Levina and E.H. Sargent, �Picosecond-resolved nonlinear absorption of spin-processible Lead Sulfide (PbS) nanocrystals from 1100 to 1600 nm�, in Integrated Optoelectronic Devices, Photonics West 2004, paper 5361-27, oral

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