Dr. Jason D. Schmidt
Senior Scientist at MZA Associates Corp
SPIE Involvement:
Author | Science Fair Judge
Area of Expertise:
optical turbulence , adaptive optics , free-space optical communications , optical simulations
Profile Summary

Dr. Jason Schmidt is a Senior Scientist at MZA Associates Corp in the Dayton, Ohio office. Prior to joining MZA, Dr. Schmidt was an Assistant Professor of Electro-Optics at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). During his time at AFIT, Dr. Schmidt was the primary faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering working in the area of advanced adaptive optics (AO) and laser propagation research. While at AFIT, he successfully advised a total of 11 Masters students and 5 Ph.D. students and was responsible for the AFIT AO laboratories. While at AFIT, he received the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award and was the first Air Force officer to do so. Also during this time, but independent from his AFIT duties, Dr. Schmidt authored a book entitled Numerical Simulation of Optical Wave Propagation with Examples in MATLAB which has been published through SPIE Press. Prior to his teaching position at AFIT, Dr. Schmidt was stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base where he worked at the Starfire Optical Range, directing satellite tracking tests and analyzing live-test AO system data. Dr. Schmidt holds a B.S. in Physics from Marquette University, M.S. in Physics from The Ohio State University, and Ph.D. in Electro-Optics from the University of Dayton.
Publications (26)

Proceedings Article | 3 October 2023 Presentation + Paper
Proceedings Volume 12693, 126931I (2023) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2678717
KEYWORDS: Wave propagation, Turbulence, Point spread functions, Atmospheric propagation, Near field diffraction, Computer simulations

Proceedings Article | 1 August 2021 Presentation + Paper
Proceedings Volume 11834, 118340O (2021) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2596797
KEYWORDS: Wave propagation, Turbulence, Computer simulations, Optical simulations, Bessel functions, Near field diffraction, Fourier transforms, Atmospheric propagation

Proceedings Article | 14 May 2018 Paper
Proceedings Volume 10684, 1068414 (2018) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2318224
KEYWORDS: Atmospheric propagation, Turbulence, Kerr effect, Ultrafast phenomena, Mid-IR, Transmitters, Infrared radiation, Short wave infrared radiation, Plasma, Dispersion

SPIE Journal Paper | 20 December 2016 Open Access
JM3, Vol. 15, Issue 04, 045501, (December 2016) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.10.1117/1.JMM.15.4.045501
KEYWORDS: Mirrors, Micromirrors, Etching, Silicon, Optical lithography, Solids, Aluminum, Oxides, Optical components, Chemical elements

Proceedings Article | 19 October 2016 Paper
Steven Zuraski, Steven Fiorino, Elizabeth Beecher, Nathan Figlewski, Jason Schmidt, Jack McCrae
Proceedings Volume 10002, 1000207 (2016) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2240980
KEYWORDS: Electro-optic testing, Telescopes, Atmospheric propagation, Atmospheric turbulence, Electro optics, Rayleigh guide stars, Turbulence, Wavefront sensors, Refractive index, Atmospheric modeling

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Conference Committee Involvement (3)
Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications VIII
5 August 2010 | San Diego, California, United States
Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications VII
6 August 2009 | San Diego, California, United States
Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications VI
14 August 2008 | San Diego, California, United States
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