Brandon Chalifoux

Brandon Chalifoux

Assistant Professor of Optical Sciences
Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
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Wyant College of Optical Sciences
The University of Arizona
1630 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210094
Tucson, AZ 85721-0094

Specific Research Interests

  • Stress-based surface shaping
  • Precision engineering
  • Ultrafast laser optical material processing
  • Astronomical optics

Research Summary

The overarching goal of Chalifoux's group is to enable next-generation space telescopes by developing new methods of precision fabrication, mounting, and alignment of lightweight optics, especially mirrors. The group uses both experimental and analytical/numerical techniques to understand and improve on the behavior of these processes. 


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019
  • M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014
  • B.S., Rice University, 2008