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; pyroelectric field generation; laser-plasma interactions

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances

R. B. Yoder, Z. Kabilova,* B. Saeks,* "Electron Beam Generation and Injection from a Pyroelectric Crystal Array," in Proceedings of the 2016 International Particle Accelerator Conference, paper TUPMY026, p. 1604 (JACoW, CERN), online here.

R. B. Yoder, "An Arduino-Based Alternative to the Traditional Electronics Laboratory,"  presented at the Second Conference in Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year (American Association of Physics Teachers), College Park, MD, 2015, and published in Physics Education Research Conference proceedings, Dec 2015, at

R. B. Yoder, G. Travish, J. McNeur, E. B. Sozer, K. Hazra, B. Matthews, R. J. England, Z. Wu, E. A. Peralta, K. Soong, "First Acceleration in a Resonant Optical-Scale Laser-Powered Structure," in Proceedings of the 2015 International Particle Accelerator Conference, paper WEPWA053, p. 2624 (JACoW, CERN), online here.

P. Bermel, R. L. Byer, E. R. Colby, B. M. Cowan, J. Dawson, R. J. England, R. J. Noble, M. Qi, and R. B. Yoder, "Summary of the 2011 Dielectric Laser Workshop," Nucl. Instr. Meth. Phys. Res. A 734, p. 51 (2014).

R. J. England et al. (30 authors), "Dielectric Laser Accelerators," Rev. Mod. Phys. 86, p. 1337 (2014).

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, and online here).

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 and online here.

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, online here.

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).

*Goucher undergraduate students

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.