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AFIT Faculty: Dr. Jack E. McCrae
Name: Dr. Jack E. McCrae
Title: Department of Engineering Physics
Commercial Phone: 937-255-3636 (4739)
DSN Phone: 785-3636 (4739)

PhD, Physics, 1997, AFIT
MS, Physics (Optics), 1993, AFIT, Distinguished Graduate
BS, Physics, 1984, MIT


Dr McCrae’s research interests include optics, lasers, quantum and non-linear optics, quantum computing, laser radar, modeling and measurements of atmospheric propagation, and imaging.


  • Simulation of beam propagation in the atmosphere
  • Lasers
  • Laser radar systems
  • Optics


Van Zandt, N. R., S. J. Cusumano, R. J. Bartell, S. Basu, J. E. McCrae, S. T. Fiorino, “Comparison of coherent and incoherent laser beam combination for tactical engagements” Opt. Eng. 51(10):104301(1-19), ( 2013).
Fischer D. W., Ohmer M. C., McCrae, J. E., “Influences of Temperature and Transport-Properties on the Birefringence of CdGeAs2,” Journal of Applied Physics, V 81 N 8: 3579-3585 (1997).
McCrae J. E., Hengehold R. L., Yeo Y. K., Ohmer M. C., Schunemann P. G., “Photoluminescence Study of p-Type CdGeAs2 Ordered Semiconductor Crystals,” Applied Physics Letters, V 70 N 4: 455-457 (1997).
McCrae, J. E., Jr., Gregg, M. R., Hengehold, R. L., Yeo, Y. K., Ostdiek, P. H., Ohmer, M. C., Schunemann, P. G., and Pollak, T. M., "Polarized Luminescence Study of Ordered Nonlinear Optical Material ZnGeP2," Applied Physics Letters, V 64 N 23 : 3142-3144 (1994).
McCrae, J. E., S. T. Fiorino, Simulation of Phased Array Laser Propagation with Sub-Aperture Piston and Tilt Compensation", presented at the DEPS Sixteenth Annual Directed Energy Symposium, Huntsville, AL, 10-14 Mar 2014. Oral
McCrae, J. E., and S. T. Fiorino, “Simulation of Deep Turbulence Compensation for a Laser Phased Array” , 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, 1-8 March 2014.
McCrae, J. E., N. R. Van Zandt, S. J. Cusumano and S. T. Fiorino, “Simulation of atmospheric turbulence compensation through piston only phase control of a laser phased array,” (Proc. of SPIE Vol. 8733 873311) SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing Symposium, Baltimore, MD, 29 April – 2 May 2013.
Basu S., M. W. Hyde, J. E. McCrae, and S. T. Fiorino, “Scattering from a rough surface in presence of atmospheric turbulence,” (Proc. of SPIE Vol. 8732 87320G) SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing Symposium, Baltimore, MD, 29 April – 2 May 2013.
Van Zandt, N. R., J. E. McCrae, and S. T. Fiorino, “PITBUL: a physics-based modeling package for imaging and tracking of airborne targets for HEL applications including active illumination,” (Proc. of SPIE Vol. 8732 87320H) SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing Symposium, Baltimore, MD, 29 April – 2 May 2013.
McCrae, J. E. , S. J. Cusumano, N. R. Van Zandt, S. T. Fiorino, "Optimization of Laser Array Amplitude and Phase for Power-in-the Bucket Metrics", presented at the DEPS US/UK Directed Energy Symposium, Swindon, Uk, 8-12 Oct 2012. Oral
Steinhardt, A., Hamilton, B.A., McCrae, J. , “The ‘len-tenna’ physical optics and beam former design as converging disciplines,” 2005 IEEE International Radar Conference (232-235).
Steinhardt, A., McCrae, J. , “Radar in the quantum limit,” IEEE International Symposium on Phased Array Systems and Technology, 2003 (31-34).
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