Physics and Astronomy
B.A. Reed College (1992)
Ph.D. Yale University (2000)
Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest
Accelerator and beam physics; laser acceleration of electrons, especially in dielectric structures; new mechanisms for electron emitters; laser-plasma interactions
R. B. Yoder and G. Travish, "Particle Acceleration on a Chip: A laser-driven micro-accelerator for research and industry," talk presented at the March Meeting of the American Physical Society, Baltimore, 2013.
R. B. Yoder, "Resonance, Particle Dynamics, and Particle Transmission in the Micro-Accelerator Platform," presented at Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop 2012 (published as J. McNeur et al., AIP Conf. Proc. vol. 1507, p. 470, http://proceedings.aip.org/resource/2/apcpcs/1507/1/470_1).
J. McNeur, N. Carranza, G. Travish, H. Yin, R. B. Yoder, "A monolithic relativistic electron beam source based on a dielectric laser accelerator structure," in Proceedings of the Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop, 2012 (AIP Conf. Proc., vol. 1507, p. 464; http://proceedings.aip.org/resource/2/apcpcs/1507/1/464_1.
H. Badakov, J. M. Allen, N. S. Carranza, E. R. Arab, G. Travish, J. Zhou, R. B. Yoder, "Design, fabrication, and characterization of a micron-scale electron source based on field enhanced pyroelectric crystals," in Proceedings of U.S. Particle Accelerator Conference, 2011 (IEEE, 2012), paper MOP141, http://accelconf.web.cern.ch/AccelConf/PAC2011/papers/mop141.pdf.
G. Travish and R. B. Yoder, "Laser-powered dielectric-structures for the production of high-brightness electron and x-ray beams," in Proceedings of SPIE, vol. 8079, (2011).
Co-Principal Investigator: Defense Threat Reduction Agency, grant HDTRA1-09-1-0043 awarded to UCLA, "Investigation of Micro-Scale Laser-Powered Dielectric Particle-Accelerators with Potential Application in the Long Range Sensing of Fissile Materials", 2009-2014, total amount $1,400,000.
Dr. Yoder's microaccelerator research was profiled in APS News, the monthly newspaper of the American Physical Society, in May 2013.