Maj Nicholas C. Herr

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Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Ph.D. in Applied Physics                    (2013-2016)
Thesis: “Degradation of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer and Graphite by Laser Heating”

Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), M.S. in Materials Science                   (2008-2010)
Thesis: “AFM-Patterned 2-D Thin-Film Photonic Crystal Analyzed by Complete Angle Scatter”

United States Air Force Academy, B.S. in Materials Science                              (2004-2008)



Air Force Achievement Medal     2012


  1. Herr, N. C., A. E. Gonzales, and G. P. Perram. “Kinetics, evolving thermal properties, and surface ignition of carbon fiber reinforced epoxy composite during laser-induced decomposition,” Polym. Degrad. Stab. Vol. 152, pp. 147-161 (2018).
  2. Gonzales, A. E., N. C. Herr, and G. P. Perram. “Experimental study of laser irradiated graphite oxidation using IFTS,” Combust. Flame Vol. 192, pp. 180-189 (2018).
  3. Phillips, G. T., W. A. Bauer, C. D. Fox, A. E. Gonzales, N. C. Herr, R. C. Gosse, and G. P. Perram. “Mass removal by oxidation and sublimation of porous graphite during fiber laser irradiation,”Opt. Eng. 56(1), 011013 (2016).
  4. Herr, N.C., M. A. Marciniak, A. G. Li, and L. W. Burggraf. “Bidirectional reflectance distribution of a 2D thin-film photonic crystal pattered using an atomic-force microscope,” Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 7792, 77920H (2010).
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