Dr. Anthony L. Franz

Research Assistant Professor of Physics

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Ph.D. in Physics, University of Maryland-College Park, College Park, MD, 2007

Dissertation: Dynamics and Synchronization of Nonlinear Oscillators with Time Delays: A Study with Fiber Lasers.

M.S. with a major in Engineering Physics, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, 1997

Thesis: Time Resolved Photoluminescence Spectra of a Mid-Infrared Multiple Quantum Well Semiconductor Laser

B.S. in Physics, United States Air Force Academy, CO, 1992


  • Dean's Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, December 2019
  • Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) Faculty Excellence Award for the Department of Engineering Physics, AFIT, August 2017
  • AFIT winner for the 2015 Air Force Outstanding Scientist and Engineer of the Year Award, Senior Military Category, April 2016
  • AFIT and AETC winner for the 2014 Air Force Outstanding Scientist and Engineer of the Year Award, Senior Military Category, May 2015
  • AFIT/ENP winner for the 2014 Air Force Outstanding Science and Engineering Educator Award, March 2015
  • Basic Sciences Division Field Grade Officer of the Quarter, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO April – June 2009
  • Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics Graduate Student Seminar award for the best seminar of the semester, May 2007
  • John T. McGrath award for best junior faculty member in the Department of Physics, U.S. Air Force Academy, 2003


Significant Accomplishments:

  • Deployed, Rustamiyah, Iraq, Jan 2009 – Jul 2009
  • Deployed, Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct 2010 – Nov 2011


[7] Carlos D. Diaz, Anthony L. Franz, and Michael A. Marciniak, "Spatial resolution comparison of a diffractive plenoptic camera and an intermediate image diffractive plenoptic camera", Optical Engineering 58(12), 123102, 24 December 2019

[6] Jack A. Shepherd, Anthony L. Franz, "Evaluation of plenoptic algorithm performance for measuring scene spectra captured by a diffractive plenoptic camera", Proc. SPIE 10669, Computational Imaging III, 1066909, 14 May 2018

[5] Francis D. Hallada, Anthony L. Franz, Michael R. Hawks, "Fresnel zone plate light field spectral imaging", Optical Engineering 56(8), 081811, 2017

[4] L. Habash Krause, A. Franz, A. Stevenson, "On the application of Exploratory Data Analysis for characterization of space weather data sets", Advances in Space Research 47, 2199, 2011

[3] A.L. Franz, R. Roy, L. B. Shaw, and I. B. Schwartz, "Effect of Multiple Time Delays on Intensity Fluctuation Dynamics in Fiber Ring Lasers", Physical Review E 78, 016208, 2008

[2] A.L. Franz, R. Roy, L. B. Shaw, and I. B. Schwartz, "Changing Dynamical Complexity with Time Delay in Coupled Fiber Laser Oscillators", Physical Review Letters 99, 053905, 2007

[1] D. J. Knipp, E. T. Patterson, A.L. Franz, J. H. Head, T. A. Summers, and E. L. Zirbel, "Simulating Realistic Satellite Orbits in the Undergraduate Classroom", The Physics Teacher 43, 452, 2005


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