Russell A. Chipman

Professor Emeritus of Optical Sciences

Russell A. Chipman

Professor Emeritus of Optical Sciences


  • Professor of Optical Sciences: The University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, 2002-present
  • Senior Manager: JDS Uniphase, Network Appliances Department, 2000-2002
  • Senior Manager: TeraStor Corp., Optical Engineering Department, 1999-2000
  • Director of Optics Research and Development: Johnson & Johnson Inc., 1997-1998
  • Assistant/Associate/Full Professor: University of Alabama, Huntsville, 1987-1997
  • Graduate Research Assistant: The University of Arizona, 1982-1985
  • Physicist: Beckman Instruments Inc., 1978-1987
  • Optical Engineer: Perkin-Elmer Corp., 1977-1978

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • OSA: Fellow
  • SPIE: Fellow
  • SPIE: Board of Directors, 1996-1998

Awards and Honors

  • NASA: Tech Brief Award, 2005
  • The Optical Society (OSA): Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burkley Prize, 2015
  • SPIE: G.G. Stokes Award in Polarization Optics, 2007

Specific Research Interests

  • Polarization engineering.
  • Polarization optical design software development and analysis.
  • Low polarization optical systems.
  • Polarimetry.
  • Polarimeter construction and calibration.
  • Precision polarization measurements.
  • Anisotropic materials, theory, ellipsometry of biaxial and optically active materials and films.
  • Polarization of scattered light.
  • Mueller matrix BRDF.
  • Retinal oximetry.



  • B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976
  • M.S., University of Arizona, 1984
  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1987
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