Michael J. Burns, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate Faculty
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – Physics – Harvard University
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – Physics – University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. in Physics, University of California, Los Angeles
M.S. in Physics, University of California, Los Angeles
B.S in Physics, University of California, Los Angeles
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Over 30 years of experience in product development, basic research, process development and program/product management. I've specialized in start-ups, having been involved with several, three of which had successful exits during my times with them (1 IPO, 2 acquisitions).
Now back in academia, my present research takes advantage of BC's commitment to Integrated Sciences and encompasses Nanotechnology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, & Organismic Biology, as well as traditional Physics. We do a mixture of computer simulation, theory, and experimental work. My graduate teaching involves mentoring graduate students in pursuit of their PhD's. My undergraduate teaching involves teaching courses as well as course & curriculum development.
~150nm diameter conical a-Si solar cell nanopillar
Unit Cell in cross section:
3-D Electromagnetic simulation of 600THz (λ=500nm) plane wave impinging
Energy absorption map showing all of the energy going into the ultra-thin a-Si PV layer:
Most of my career has focused on thin-film process development and the optical & electronic properties of thin-films as applied to a variety of applications ranging from IC's, optical detectors, lasers, fuel cells, solar cells, chemical detectors and electron field emission. This includes deposition techniques ranging from Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD), Atomic layer Deposition (ALD), Laser CVD, Sputtering, Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE), Pulsed laser Deposition (PLD) and Evaporation (thermal, e-beam, and reactive). These techniques encompass conditions ranging from Ultra-High Vacuum (10-9-10-10 Torr) & High Vac (10-8-10-6 Torr) all the way up to atmospheric (10+3 Torr).
Present Boston College Projects funded by the Keck Foundation, National Cancer Institute (NCI), and National Institute of Health (NIH):
For full publication list
of the last 30+ years,
Patents and software copyright list
Boston College (2010-present):
PH409 – Contemporary Electronics
PH424 – Physics of Nanomaterials (substitute)
PHYS351001 – Contemporary Electronics
PHYS435001 – Experiments in Physics I (substitute)
University of Florida (1987-1992):
PHY 4802L – Laboratory Electronics
PHY 4803L – Advanced Physics Lab
PHY 4221 - Classical Mechanics
PHY 6556 - Low Temperature Physics (team taught)
1999 - NASA Certificate of Recognition for Technical Innovation for Superconducting Tunnel Junction Photodetector arrays
1997 - JPL Technical Excellence Team Award for the development of 2.5THz Superconducting Hot Electron Bolometric Mixers
1996 - NASA Certificate of Recognition for Technical Innovation for the co-integration of CMOS & High Temperature Superconducting devices on the same chip. (Associated NASA Tech Brief here.)
1993 - R&D 100 Award , Mr. SQUID™ Project Leader @Conductus (Here for alternative link.)
1978 - Hughes Aircraft Company Master’s Fellowship
Life Member, American Physical Society (APS)
Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Member, Materials Research Society (MRS)
Member, The Optical Society (OSA)