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Laser-Tissue Interaction


711th Human Performance Wing, RHD/Bioeffects Group

opportunity location
13.15.10.B3740 Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234


name email phone
Benjamin A. Rockwell 210.539.7939


The goal of this research is to determine the effect of laser exposure on human tissues and to study the resulting impact. The analysis includes quantification of tissue parameters, response of tissues to optical irradiation, and modeling of the interaction. We study photoacoustic, photothermal, cellular insult, photochemical, and photomechanical processes and their effect on tissues. Our work emphasizes the occupational and environmental health aspects of laser tissue interaction, with experiments and modeling efforts, which result in suggestions to the laser safety community where safety standards either do not exist, or where deficiencies in biological data has made the criteria for setting standards ambiguous. The laboratory offers extensive laser facilities and support equipment including regenerative amplified femtosecond laser systems, core computational facilities, nanosecond laser systems (including OPO), extensive CW lasers, pump-probe imaging, picosecond streak camera, extensive spectroscopic capability, fast photodiodes, and autocorrelation instrumentation for in-depth analysis of laser tissue interaction.


key words
Physiological effects of radiation; Lasers and laser processes; Photochemistry;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$95,000.00 $5,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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