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 (24)

Proceedings Article | 14 May 2018 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10684, Nonlinear Optics and its Applications 2018
KEYWORDS: Ultrafast phenomena, Transmitters, Mid-IR, Short wave infrared radiation, Dispersion, Kerr effect, Turbulence, Infrared radiation, Atmospheric propagation, Plasma

SPIE Journal Paper | 20 December 2016
JM3 Vol. 15 Issue 04
KEYWORDS: Mirrors, Micromirrors, Etching, Silicon, Optical lithography, Solids, Aluminum, Oxides, Optical components, Chemical elements

Proceedings Article | 19 October 2016 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10002, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems XIX
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Refractive index, Wavefront sensors, Turbulence, Atmospheric turbulence, Electro optics, Atmospheric propagation, Atmospheric modeling, Rayleigh guide stars, Electro-optic testing

Proceedings Article | 20 September 2016 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 9982, Unconventional Imaging and Wavefront Sensing XII
KEYWORDS: Coherence (optics), Waveguides, Speckle, Image processing, Wave propagation, Spatial coherence, Scintillation, Planar waveguides, Waveguide modes, Atmospheric optics

Proceedings Article | 18 June 2014 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 9097, Cyber Sensing 2014
KEYWORDS: Actuators, Diffraction, Mirrors, Beam steering, Visualization, Computer simulations, Far-field diffraction, Micromirrors, Infrared countermeasures, Light

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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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