Vikas Sudesh

Assistant Professor of Physical Sciences
Physical Sciences Department
Daytona College of Arts & Sciences

Office Hours

M,F: 12-1230pm and 3:00-330pm; W 12:00-1230pm; T,Th:12-300pm; or by appointment

Areas of Expertise

Mid IR Solid-state and Fiber lasers, Crystalline laser materials, Characterization, Laser applications, Photonics, and Optics.

Vikas Sudesh

Dr Sudesh has joined Embry Riddle in 2014 as a visiting Assistant Professor and in 2017 he was promoted to Assistant Professor. He has taught all introductory physics courses at Embry Riddle. He has co-instructed laser engineering at the college of optics and Photonics (CREOL), University of Central Florida (UCF).

Dr Sudesh has an extensive research experience. Soon after graduating from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi he joined Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) as a Scientist/Engineer, where he worked on design and development of Scene Simulators to test and validate remote sensing telescopes designed and developed by ISRO. After his PhD in crystalline laser materials from Macquarie University, Australia he worked as a prestigious Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) research fellow at Tohoku University (TU), Sendai, JAPAN. During his tenure at TU, he accomplished, for the first time, laser demonstration of efficient Tm, Ho:LuLiF laser crystal. This crystalline material became a material of choice for NASA Langley Research Center, Virginia’s (LaRC) remote sensing optics group. Soon after finishing JSPS Fellowship he joined NASA LaRC, as a physicist representing Science and Technology Corporation (STC).  He was instrumental in setting up a part of the state-of-the-art diode characterization facility at NASA, LaRC.

After leaving NASA, LaRC he worked at Raydiance, Inc as a laser physicist and then at CREOL, UCF as a research assistant professor. He was the technical lead for a Department of Defense Joint Technology Office (JTO) funded high power fiber laser program at the College. At CREOL he was co-supervisor for one post-doc, 3 PhD students, and several REU students. He is still in touch with his former colleagues at CREOL to collaborate. In 2016 he received a grant from ERAU’s Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) for one of his Space Physics (SP) undergraduate to do research in the CREOL’s high power laser development laboratory. It was a very positive experience for the undergraduate and they together published one international conference paper and one discovery day presentation.

Dr Sudesh has comprehensive publications in journal and conference proceedings. He has also written one book chapter and is granted two US patents. His current google scholar score is h-17. He has more than 50 publications including conference proceedings, out of which three publications are with ERAU affiliation: one conference abstract, one ERAU Discovery Day abstract, and one international conference full paper. He is a peer-reviewer for international journals focused on optics and photonics, laser and laser technology and its applications.

He is a member of SPIE, OSA and CUR.

Dr Sudesh is married to his wife for 28 years with two boys. He enjoys spending time with his family. In his spare time he practices yoga, cycling, treadmilling, gardening, and watches his sons’ college, high school and club soccer games.  

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, Macquarie University
  • M.Tech. - Master of Technology in Optics, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

  • PS 113: Introductory Physics I
  • PS 250: Physics for Engineers III

PS103, PS104, PS113, PS117, PS150, PS160 and PS250

A partial list of publications:

  1. Weber, D. P., Kerrigan, H., Rostami-Fairchild, S., Richardson, M., and Sudesh, V., “Qualitative Analysis of single shot ablation craters with ultra-short pulses,” Proceeding of SPIE, vol 10522, 2018.
  2. Weber, D. P., Sudesh, V., Kerrigan, H., Rostami-Fairchild, S., Richardson, M., “Single shot ablation craters with ultra-short laser pulses: a comparative study,’ Discovery Day, 2018 Student Research Symposium
  3. Sudesh, V., “Using flipped class to increase student engagement and problem solving in physics for engineers, abstract accepted and published, 9th Annual Florida Statewide Symposium, University of Central Florida, October 21-22, 2016.
  4. McComb T., Sims R. A., Willis C. C., Kadwani P., Sudesh V., Shah L., and Richardson M., “High power widely tunable thulium fiber lasers,” Appl. Opt., v49, p6236 (2010). 
  5. Sudesh V., McComb T., Chen Y., Bass M., Richardson M., Ballato J., and Siegman A. E., “Diode-pumped 200 μm diameter core, gain-guided, index-antiguided single mode fiber laser” Appl. Phys. B, v90, p 369 (2008).
  6. McComb T., Sudesh V., and Richardson M., “Volume Bragg grating stabilized spectrally narrow thulium fiber laser” Opt. Lett. 33, p881 (2008).
  7. Turri G., Sudesh V., Richardson M., Bass M., Toncelli A., and Tonelli M., “Temperature-dependent spectroscopic properties of Tm3+ in germanate, silica and phosphate glasses: a comparative study” J. Appl. Phys v103 (2008).
  8. Chen Y., Sudesh V., Richardson M., Bass M., and Ballato J., “Lasing in a gain-guided index antiguided fiber” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, 24, p1683 (2007).
  9. Chen Y., McComb T., Sudesh V., Richardson M., and Bass M., “Very large-core, single-mode, gain-guided, index antiguided fiber lasers” Opt. Lett. 32 2505 (2007).
  10. Siegman A. E., Chen Y., Sudesh V., McComb T., Richardson M., and Bass M., “Confined propagation and near single-mode laser oscillation in a gain-guided, index antiguided optical fiber,” Appl. Phys. Lett., v89, pp 251101 (2006).
  11. Sudesh V., and Asai K., “Spectroscopic and diode-pumped laser properties of Tm,Ho:YLF, Tm,Ho:LuLF, and Tm,Ho:LuAG crystals: a comparative study,” J. Opt. Soc. Am B, 20, 1829-1837, 2003.
  12. Sudesh V., Asai K., Shimamura K., and Fukuda T., “Pulsed laser action in Tm,Ho:LuLiF4 and Tm,Ho:YLiF4 crystals using a novel quasi-end-pumping technique,” IEEE J. Quantum. Electron, 38, 1102-1109, 2002.

  • Assistant Professor, ERAU, 08/2017 – present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, ERAU, 08/2014 – 07/2017
  • Adjunct Professor, Seminole State College, 01/2009 – 12/2009; 08-2011 – 05/2014
  • Adjunct Professor, Valencia State College, Orlando, 05/2011 – 05/2014
  • Senior Engineer (VP), Quantum Technology, Lake Mary, 2009 - 2011
  • Research Associate, CREOL, University of Central Florida, 2006 – 2009
  • Researcher, Raydiance Inc, 2005-2006
  • Research Associate, CHTM, University of New Mexico, 2004-2005
  • Staff Scientist, NASA, Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA (Government contractor representing the Science and Technology Corp., Hampton, VA), 2002 – 2004
  • Research Associate, IMR, Tohoku University, 2000-2001
  • Research Associate, Department of Physics, Adelaide University, 1998-1999

Life member SPIE,

Member CUR,

Member OSA

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellow