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. Yangyang Liu
Start: Spring 2018

Graduate Students

Chau Truong (PhD Physics)
Start: Spring 2019






Troie Journigan (PhD Physics)
Start: Spring 2019






Jonathan Nesper (PhD Physics)
Start: Summer 2019






Dipendra Khatri (PhD Physics)
Start: Fall 2020

Mason Austin (Bridge Fellow)
Start: Summer 2021

Undergraduate Students

Contact Dr. Chini for opportunities starting Fall 2021!


Dr. John E. Beetar, PhD Physics 2020 (currently: Postdoc at University of California, Berkeley)
Dr. M. Nrisimhamurty, Postdoc 2019-2021 (currently: Postdoc at NSF NExUS, Ohio State University)
Dr. Shima Gholam-Mirzaei, PhD Physics 2020 (currently: Postdoc at JASLab, University of Ottawa and National Research Council of Canada)
Marc Etienne, BSc Aerospace Engineering 2020 (currently: UCF Aerospace Engineering PhD student)
Omar Suarez, UCF-Valencia PREP 2019 (currently: UCF Aerospace Engineering BSc student)
Erin Crites, Physics, BSc Physics 2020 (currently: NC State Physics PhD student)
Mamta Singh, MSc Optics 2019 (currently: senior laser engineer at Lumentum)
Federico Rivas-Navarro, UCF-Valencia PREP 2018 (currently: UCF Physics PhD student)
Sean Buczek, MSc Physics 2018 (currently: system install engineer at ASML)
Steven Solis, BSc Photonics 2018 (currently: Stantec)