2012 Truman FellowMatt's research interests span the interactions between electrons, phonons, and photons at the micro- and nanoscales; atomic and molecular physics; and condensed matter physics at the nanoscale. Matt received his B.S. in physics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology, where his thesis won the Demitriades Prize for Best Thesis in the Field of Nanoscience. Matt was then awarded the Kavli Nanoscience Institute Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship at the California Institute of Technology from 2009 to 2011.
Matt's Truman Fellow research project is focused on nano-optomechanical (OM) clocks, OM crystal circuits, and OM fluidics for ultrasonic image sensors. His goals are to design, fabricate, and test OM devices. These devices will further the development of microelectronics for optical-analysis applications, particularly in the area of living-cell acoustic transmission.
His work has resulted in 15 refereed publications in such journals as Nature and Nature Photonics. Matt arrived at Sandia in May 2011 and is working in the Radiation Hard Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) Technology Development Department under manager and mentor Rich Dondero.