Rodney Yoder

Physics and Astronomy

Julia Rogers 109


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

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances

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,

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;

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,

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).

Funded Research

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.

Awards/Significant Accomplishments

Dr. Yoder's microaccelerator research was profiled in APS News, the monthly newspaper of the American Physical Society, in May 2013.