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Phillip Sprangle

Sprangle, Phillip

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor of Physics
3335 A.V. Williams Building

Research Interests: 

Professor Sprangle's research covers a wide range of fields and includes the atmospheric propagation of high-energy lasers, ultra-short pulse laser matter interaction and propagation, nonlinear optics, free electron lasers, nonlinear plasma physics, and laser driven accelerators.

Current Research Projects: 

Professor Sprangle retains a partial position at the Naval Research Laboratory, where he serves as a senior scientist for directed energy physics.


Professor Sprangle received his doctorate in applied physics from Cornell University.

Honors and Awards: 

Professor Sprangle has won numerous national and international awards for his research, including the IEEE Plasma Science Award (2008), International Free Electron Laser Prize (1991), E. O. Hulburt Science and Engineering Award (1986), the Sigma Xi Pure Science Award (1994), two Technology Transfer Awards, the Top Navy Scientist and Engineer of the Year Award (2008), the Office of Naval Research Dr. Fred E. Saalfeld Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Science (2012), the APS James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics (2013),  the Advanced Accelerator Concepts Prize (2014), and The Presidential Rank Award (2015).  He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Directed Energy Professional Society.