with butterflies and a chaos generator
I am the Robert C. Richardson Professor of Physics at the Duke University Department of Physics, Durham, North Carolina, USA. I have a wide variety of research interests including studying the interaction between laser light and matter, chaos in lasers and electronic systems, slow and fast light, quantum information, and nanophotonics. The photo above was taken by a Duke photographer as the lead-in to an article for the Sep/Oct 2009 edition of the Duke Magazine on my chaos research. I teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in physics and photonics and I am a member of the Bass Society, a group of Master Scholar Teachers at Duke. In addition, I get to work with a fantastic group of graduate students and post-doctoral research associates who collaborate with me on research and do all the hard work that keeps my labs running.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family: my spouse, Natasha Bowen, who is a Professor of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and my son, Leo Gauthier, who graduated from Duke University in 2013 with a major in psychology and is currently living in Saigon, Vietnam teaching English, and my parents, Leonard and Mona Gauthier, who live here in Durham, and my wife's extended family who lives in several places around the United States. Natasha is a proverbial "cat lady," and I enjoy the creatures too. We now have five cats, although one is banished to the outside because he keeps trying to mark terrirory inside the house.
I also enjoy a few other activities, such as traveling, rock climbing, and driving my BMW M4 around the countryside.
Some old history of me in the form of letters and certificates.
- PhD defense party, hanging with Oskar.
- Oskar hanging out on the kitchen table.
- MS Diploma from U of Rochester, 1983
- BS Diploma from U of Rochester, 1982
- Student Life Award from U of Rochester, 1982
- Acceptance to PhD program from U of Rochester, 1982
- Acceptance to BS/MS program from U of Rochester, 1981
- Tau Beta Pi induction, 1981
- Acceptance in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences from U of Rochester, 1980 (yes, had to apply after you were at the University!)
- Acceptance to U of R, 1978 (notice the date - I was struggling to find a school that would take me and my NROTC scholarship!)
- Acceptance letter to the Naval ROTC program, 1978
- High School Diplmoa from ConVal
- Grades from senior year, pretty good given that we all had senioritis
- National Honor Society Certificate, 1977
- Certificate for satisfactory completion of the Advanced Studies Program, St. Paul's School, 1977. Amazing I made it through given the evaluation. Where I learned to be brutally honest in evaluations.
- Letter to me from a Kodak Scientist. I wrote to Kodak asking for the best film to use to make a hologram (which I did in the basement of our garage in Peterborough)
- Picture of me painting in the art room, one favorite activity.
- Greaser day at Conval with James Settele.
I have been slowly posting our photos on my Picasa site, with links below. I also have an old photo gallery with pre-2004 photos, which I eventually will move over to the Picasa site.
- Tasha's projects
- Beijing, China (Tasha was teaching in Beijing), July 2014
- Saigon, Vietnam, June 2014
- Boulder, Colorado, May 2104
- St. Johns, USVI, March 2014
- The Big Island, Hawai'i, July 2013
- Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, March 2013
- Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, July 2012
- Eleuthera, Out Islands, Bahamas, March 2012
- Barcelona, Spain, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, May and June 2012
- A day trip to the Costa Brava, Spain, with Dr. Ramon Vilaseca, March 2012
- Tulum, Mexico, Spring 2011
- Kaua'i, July 2011, along with Nonlinear Optics 2011 for which Dan was General Chair
- Tulum, Mexico, Spring 2010
- Paris and Lille, France, Summer 2010
- Oahu, Hawaii, Summer 2009 (along with Nonlinear Optics 2009)
- Tulum, Mexico, Spring 2009
- Barcelona, Spain, summer 2008 (I was teaching in their Masters in Photonics program)
- Munich, Germany and Southern Spain, Summer 2007
- Potsdam and Berlin, Germany, July 2006
- Grand Cayman, March 2005
- Big Island, Hawaii 2004 (along with Nonlinear Optics 2004)
- Utah, Idaho, Montanna 2004
- Grand Cayman, March 2004
- Joshua Tree, Santa Barbara, coast, California, Summer 2002
- Florida Keys, Summer 2001
- PJ Zipper & Huckleberry - buddies but not related
- Benbow - was a wild cat as a kitten and still doesn't like to be messed with
- Bob the Slayer - stray who we adopted after we saw him eating our stale totillas we threw out for the birds
- Mini - with Grace Bowen in Montana now
- Eggbert - Leo's favorite - died of some type of tumor on his shoulder
- Cheesey - neighbor cat who lived outside for 18 years - took him in the last few months of his life before he died of old age
- Isabelle - Tasha's favorite girl cat - died of some kind of tumor in her stomach
- Bart - an Oregon cat - 18 years old at the end - died of old age
- Chester - a nice fluffy cat who likely died of kidney failure
- Graduate School and later
- Dan's research group
- Group party in May 2011 - blowing up grapes and everything!
- Duke Physics Department
- Conference trips
- Barcelona, Spain and Nice, France, summer 2003
- Nonlinear Physics and Applications, Joao Pessoa, Brazil, September 2011
- Visiting Yosemite National Park with Miles Padgett in between conferences, October 2011
- Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, review of NYU science programs, November 2011
- 5th Rio de la Plata Workshop on Laser Dynamics and Nonlinear Photonics, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, December 2011
See the old gallery
of lots of photos! Most are not yet annotated. Someday...
Last Modified: 06-Jun-15
gauthier _at_ phy.duke.edu