Photo of Dan Gauthier, chaos butterflies, and a Boolean chaos circuit
Dan Gauthier

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.

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.

See the old gallery of lots of photos! Most are not yet annotated. Someday...

Last Modified: 06-Jun-15
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