Group Leader

Mike Chini
Associate Professor
Department of Physics
CREOL – the College of Optics and Photonics
(secondary joint appointment)
Curriculum Vitae


Michael Chini received a B.Sc. degree in Physics from McGill University (Montréal, QC) in 2007. He then studied under the direction of Zenghu Chang at both Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS) and the University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL), where his work focused on the accurate characterization and spectroscopic application of isolated attosecond (10-18 s) light pulses, earning a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Central Florida in 2012. From 2012-2015, he performed postdoctoral research on attosecond and ultrashort pulse laser science in the groups of Zenghu Chang and Martin Richardson. He joined the faculty in the Department of Physics at the University of Central Florida in Fall 2015, where he is currently an Associate Professor.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Nrisimha Murty Madugula
Start: Spring 2019

Dr. Yangyang Liu
Start: Spring 2018

Graduate Students

Beetar-250x375John Beetar (PhD Physics)
Start: Fall 2015






Chau Truong (PhD Physics)
Start: Spring 2019






Troie Journigan (PhD Physics)
Start: Spring 2019






Jonathan Nesper (PhD Physics)
Start: Summer 2019

Undergraduate Students

Marc Etienne (Spring 2018-present)


Shima Gholam-Mirzaei, PhD Physics 2020 (Postdoc at JASLab, University of Ottawa and National Research Council of Canada)
Erin Crites, Physics, BSc Physics 2020 (NC State Physics PhD)
Mamta Singh, MSc Optics 2019 (senior laser engineer at Lumentum)
Federico Rivas-Navarro, UCF-Valencia PREP (UF Physics BSc)
Sean Buczek, MSc Physics 2018 (system install engineer at ASML)
Steven Solis, BSc Photonics 2018 (Stantec)