Ansgar W. Schmid
Ansgar W. Schmid was born in Salzburg, Austria. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. (1975) degrees from the Technical University of Vienna. His M.S. diploma was made in CERN (Switzerland) and Ph.D. thesis research was performed in the Research Institute for Engineering Science at the Bendix Research Laboratories under an exchange program between Wayne State University (Detroit) and the Technical University of Vienna. His Ph.D. research involved multiphoton induced emission of halogen atoms from alkali halide crystals.
He worked at the Physical Division of the National Research Council (Ottava), as a Professor at the Washington State University (Pullman), and almost 20 years at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester where he is a group leader and senior scientist. His interests lie in devising new cost-effective materials and devices for use on high-peak-power lasers, specifically ICF drivers, manufacturing issues of organics in general, polymers and liquid crystals in particular, and laser-induced damage of materials. Most recently, these interests have focused on nanometrology with near-field, atomic force and confocal microscopy.