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Scholarly Interest Report
Michael Cone
Instructor of Physics and Astronomy
  • B.S. Physics (2003) Truman State University , Kirksville, MO
  • Ph.D. Physics (2014) Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Primary Department
   Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department Affiliations
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
    Research Areas
     Applied Optics, Optical Instrumentation, Integrating Cavity Spectroscopy, and Quantum Optics

    Research Description:


    My primary research has involved the development and use of a novel diffuse reflector material for various types of optical and spectroscopic applications.  In particular, I have the led the development of a new type of integrating cavity absorption spectroscopy involving the temporal decay of the light in the cavity.  This provides a very sensitive technique for measuring absorption coefficients, even when the sample produces strong scattering.  More recently, I have also been involved in a number of projects that use our diffuse reflector material for a variety of biomedical applications.

    Teaching Areas
     Introductory Physics, Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles

    Cone, M. T., Mason, J. D., Figueroa, E., Hokr, B. H., Bixler, J. N., Castellanos, C. C., Noojin, G. D., Wigle, J. C., Rockwell, B. A., Yakovlev, V. V., Fry, E. S. "Measuring The Absorption Coefficient Of Biological Materials Using Integrating Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy." Optica, 2 (2) (2015) : 162-168.


    Cone, M. T., Musser, J. A., Figueroa, E., Mason, J. D., Fry, E. S. "Diffuse Reflecting Material For Integrating Cavity Spectroscopy - Including Ring-Down Spectroscopy." Applied Optics, 54 (2) (2015) : 334-346.


    Mason, J. D., Cone, M. T., Donelon, M., Wigle, J. C., Noojin, G. D., Fry, E. S. "A New Robust Commercial Diffuse Reflector for UV-VIS-NIR Applications." Applied OpticsIn Press


    Bixler, J. N., Cone, M. T., Hokr, B. H., Mason, J. D., Figueroa, E., Fry, E. S., Yakovlev, V. V., Scully, M. O. "Ultrasensitive Detection Of Waste Products In Water Using Fluorescence Emission Cav- ity Enhanced Spectroscopy." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111 (20) (2014) : 7208-7211.


    Hokr, B. H., Bixler, J. N., Cone, M. T., Mason, J. D., Beier, H. T., Noojin, G. D., Petrov, G. I., Thomas, R. J., Rockwell, B. A., Golovan, L. A., Yakovlev, V. V. "Bright Emission From A Random Raman Laser." Nature Communications, 5 (4356) (2014)