Dr. Jonathan W. Evans, PhD

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Dr. Evans currently teaches courses in lasers, nonlinear optics, and optical materials. He serves as a research mentor and advisor to several students at AFIT and was previously appointed to the Graduate Faculty of the University of Central Florida and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to joining the faculty at AFIT, Dr. Evans was a veteran of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) where he performed various roles within the enterprise including Principal Investigator, Project Manager, Lab Manager, and Trainee. He spent more than a decade with the laboratory characterizing materials and developing novel sources of coherent radiation in the infrared spectral bands. Dr. Evans was a part of research collaborations with other directorates within the laboratory, the Army and Navy Research Laboratories, as well as several contractors and FFRDCs. At the time of his departure, he had managed a research portfolio valued at more than $20M.

He is a member of the international society for optics and photonics (SPIE) and a senior member of Optica. His areas of interest include laser beam steering, nonlinear parametric conversion, solid-state laser gain media, transition metal complexes, laser spectroscopy, infrared laser systems, novel laser resonators, and laser effects. He has authored 30 articles papers in the field of optics and lasers and his work has been featured in Laser Focus World.


Ph.D., Optical Sciences and Engineering, AFIT, 2014

M.S., Electro-Optics, University of Dayton, 2010

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Cedarville University, 2008


  • William F. Bahret Technical Excellence Award, Systems Technical Office, AFRL/STO, 2021
  • AFRL Science and Engineering Early Career Award, AFRL Headquarters, AFRL/CC, 2019
  • Exemplary Civilian Service Award, AFRL Headquarters, AFRL/CC, AF-level, 2019
  • STO designee for the Richard Neal AFRL Commanders Cup Award, AFRL/STO, 2019
  • Technical Excellence Award, Systems Technology Office, AFRL/STO, 2019
  • Brian M. Henderson Memorial Award, ADIOS Team, Sensors Directorate AFRL/RY, 2018
  • Customer Support/Collaboration Award, Aerospace Components Division AFRL/RYD, 2016
  • Support Award, Aerospace Components Division AFRL/RYD, 2016
  • Team Technical Achievement Award, Aerospace Components Division AFRL/RYD, 2015
  • Member, AFOSR STAR Team CY12-CY15, 2015
  • Science Team Award, EO Novel Infrared Countermeasure Sources Team, AFMC, 2012
  • Technical Achievement Award, Multispectral Sensing and Detection Division AFRL/RYM, 2012
  • Brian M. Henderson Memorial Team Award, EO-IR Novel IRCM Team, AFRL/RY, 2011
  • Member, AFOSR STAR Team CY09-CY11, 2011
  • Mission Support Award, EO Sensor Technology Division AFRL/RYJ, 2009
  • Award for excellent NSF:REU research, University of Maine (Orono), 2006


[29] Jonathan W. Evans, Sean A. McDaniel, Ronald W. Stites, Patrick A. Berry, Gary Cook, Thomas R. Harris, Kenneth L. Schepler, “Crystal host engineering for transition metal lasers,” Proc. SPIE 11259, Solid State Lasers XXIX: Technology and Devices, 112590C, 2020

[28] Sean McDaniel, Fiona Thorburn, Carl Leibig, Michael Coco, Jonathan W. Evans, Gary Cook, Ajoy Kar, “Mid-IR Ultrafast Laser Inscribed Waveguides and Devices,” IEEE Research and Applications of Photonics in Defense Conference (RAPID), 2019

[27] Eric J. Turner, Jonathan W. Evans, Thomas R. Harris, and Sean A. McDaniel, “Double-pass Co:CdTe mid-infrared laser amplifier,” Opt. Mater. Express 8, 2948-2953, 2018

[26] Eric J. Turner, Jonathan W. Evans, Thomas R. Harris, “Performance evaluation of Co2+:CdTe as an optical gain medium”, Proc. of SPIE, Defense and Security, 10637-31, April 2018

[25] Brian D. Dolasinski, Jonathan W. Evans, Patrick A. Berry, “Pulsed Fe:ZnSe Laser with High Average Power,” AFRL-RY-WP-TR-2019-#, (In Progress)

[24] Jonathan W. Evans, Thomas R. Harris, Eric J. Turner, Martin M. Kimani, J. Matthew Mann, Ronald W. Stites, Gary Cook, “Modeling re-absorption and non-radiative energy transfer in vibronic laser gain media,” Proc. Of SPIE, Solid State Lasers XXVII: Technology and Devices, 10511-16, February 2018

[23] Eric J. Turner, Jonathan W. Evans, Thomas R. Harris, “Optical spectroscopy of cobalt-doped cadmium telluride,” Proc. of SPIE, Solid State Lasers XXVII: Technology and Devices, 10511-60, February 2018

[22] Jonathan W. Evans, Ronald W. Stites, Thomas R. Harris, “Increasing the performance of an Fe:ZnSe laser using a hot isostatic press,” Optical Materials Express, Volume 7, Issue 12, Pages 4296-4303, 2017

[21] Tigran Sanamyan, Jonathan W. Evans, and Sean A. McDaniel, “Path to doubling the efficiency of mid-IR erbium lasers,” Opt. Express 25, 16452-16457, 2017

[20] Jonathan W. Evans, Thomas R. Harris, B. Rami Reddy, Kenneth L. Schepler, Patrick A. Berry, “Optical spectroscopy and modeling of Fe2+ ions in zinc selenide,” Journal of Luminescence, Volume 188, 2017, Pages 541-550, ISSN 0022-2313

[19] Tigran Sanamyan, and Jonathan W. Evans, “Self-amplification of Cascade Er:Y2O3 Laser in Cr:ZnSe,” ARL-TR-7957, February 2017

[18] Jonathan W. Evans, Brian D. Dolasinski, Thomas R. Harris, Justin W. Cleary, and Patrick A. Berry, “Demonstration and power scaling of an Fe:CdMnTe laser at 5.2 microns,” Opt. Mat. Express 7, 860-867, 2017

[17] Sean A. McDaniel, Adam Lancaster, Jonathan W. Evans, Ajoy K. Kar, and Gary Cook, “Power scaling of ultrafast laser inscribed waveguide lasers in chromium and iron doped zinc selenide,” Opt. Express 24, 3502-3512, 2016

[16] F. Ken Hopkins, Patrick A. Berry, Jonathan W. Evans, Charles D. Phelps, Kent L. Averett, Leo P. Gonzalez, “Enabling High-Power Lasers for Mid-Infrared Warfare,” Proc. of the MSS Electro- Optical & Infrared Countermeasures (IRCM) Meeting, 2016

[15] A. Lancaster, G. Cook, S. A. McDaniel, J. Evans, P. A. Berry, J. D. Shephard, A. K. Kar, “Mid-infrared laser emission from Fe:ZnSe cladding waveguides,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 031108, 2015

[14] A. Lancaster, G. Cook, S. McDaniel, J. Evans, P. Berry, J. Shephard, and A. Kar, “Fe:ZnSe Channel Waveguide Laser Operating at 4122 nm,” in CLEO: 2015, OSA Technical Digest (online) (Optical Society of America, 2015), paper SM2F.5

[13] Timothy I. Calver, Jonathan W. Evans, Patrick A. Berry, “Fe:ZnSe Power Amplifier for an OPGaAs Optical Parametric Amplifier,” SENSIAC, IB07, 2015

[12] Jonathan W. Evans, Brian D. Dolasinski, Thomas R. Harris, “Demonstration and power scaling of an Fe:CdMnTe laser at 5.2 microns,” AFRL-RY-WP-TR-2015-0153, 2015

[11] Jonathan W. Evans, and Patrick A. Berry, “High Power Fe:ZnSe Lasers for Infrared Countermeasures,” SENSIAC, IB08, 2015

[10] Reddy, B. Rami, Kenneth Schepler, Elizabeth Moore, John Hoelscher, Shiva Vangala, Bruce Claflin, Narsingh B. Singh, Jonathan Evans, and Patrick Berry, “Surface characterization studies of orientation patterned ZnSe doped with Cr2+, In SPIE LASE, pp. 93471M-93471M. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2015

[9] Jonathan W. Evans, Tigran Sanamyan, and Patrick A. Berry, “A continuous wave Fe:ZnSe laser pumped by efficient Er:Y2O3 laser,” Solid State Lasers XXIV: Technology and Devices. Vol. 9342, 2015

[8] Jonathan W. Evans, Sean A. McDaniel, Ronald W. Stites, “Experimental Mid-IR Advanced Laser Development (EMIRALD),” AFRL-RY-WP-TR-2014-0284

[7] Jonathan W. Evans, “Iron-doped Zinc Selenide: Spectroscopy and Laser Development,” Air Force Institute of Technology, (2014)

[6] J. W. Evans, P. A. Berry and K. L. Schepler, “A Passively Q-Switched, CW-Pumped Fe:ZnSe Laser,” IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 204-209, March 2014

[5] Jonathan W. Evans, Patrick A. Berry, Kenneth L. Schepler, “A broadly tunable continuous-wave Fe:ZnSe laser,” Proc. SPIE 8599, Solid State Lasers XXII: Technology and Devices, 85990C, 26 March 2013

[4] Jonathan W. Evans, Patrick A. Berry, and Kenneth L. Schepler, “840 mW continuous-wave Fe:ZnSe laser operating at 4140 nm,” Opt. Lett. 37, 5021-5023, 2012

[3] Jonathan W. Evans, “Beam Switching of an Nd:YAG Laser using Domain Engineered Prisms in MgO:CLN,” University of Dayton, 201

[2] J. W. Evans, K. L. Schepler, P. E. Powers, and A. Sarangan, “A Novel Electro-Optic Beam Switch in 5mol% Magnesium-Oxide Doped Congruent Lithium Niobate,” Frontiers in Optics 2010/Laser Science XXVI, OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, 2010), FThV5

[1] McCann D.F., Wark M., Evans J.W., Millard P., Vetelino J.F., “A Monolithic Spiral Coil Acoustic Transduction E. coli Sensor,” The 12th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors, Columbus, Ohio, 2008, p. 21


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