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Steven H. Morgan


Dr. Steven H. Morgan is currently Professor of Physics and Chair of the Life and Physical Sciences Department Physics at Fisk University.  He received his undergraduate training in physics from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee,  in 1974, and his Ph.D. in physics from Vanderbilt University in 1981.   After receiving his PhD, Dr. Morgan began working at Fisk as a Research Associate in the Physics Department and became full Professor in 2000.  He was chair of the Physics Department for just over 10 years and then became chair of the newly formed Life and Physical Sciences department.  Dr. Morgan teaches Physics at the graduate and undergraduate level, and serves as a research adviser for both graduate and undergraduate students.


Dr. Morgan's research interests include the development of new optical materials for applications in the areas of lasers, scintillators, waveguide devices and biosensors.  Materials being studied include rare-earth and transition-metal doped glasses and glass-ceramics for waveguide and scintillator devices and solar energy applications.

Recent Publications

  1. “Time-resolved optical writing on a photosensitive and fluorescent polymer film”, Z. Pan, R. Akrobetu, J. Lott, C. Ryan, A. Saini, J. Shan, R. Mu, K. D. Singer, C. Weder, S. H. Morgan,  Proc. of SPIE Vol. 8113, 811310 (2011).

  2. “Cooperative infrared to visible upconversion and visible to near infrared quantum cutting in Tb and Yb co-doped glass containing Ag nanoparticles”, Z. Pan, G. Sekar, R. Akrobetu, R. Mu, and S. H. Morgan, Proc. of SPIE Vol. 8096, 809633 (2011).

  3. “Photoluminescence of Er-doped ZnO nanoparticle films via direct and indirect excitation”, Z. Pan, A. Ueda, H. Y. Xu, S. K. Hark, S. H. Morgan, and R. Mu, J. Nanophotonics, (2012), DOI: 10.1117/1.JNP.6.063508.

  4. “Visible to near-infrared down-conversion luminescence in Tb3+  and Yb3+ co-doped  lithium–lanthanum–aluminosilicate oxyfluoride glass and glass-ceramics,”  Z. Pan, G. Sekar, R. Akrobetu, R. Mu, S.H. Morgan, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (2012)  doi:10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2012.05.028.

  5. “Europium doped oxyfluoride transparent glass-ceramics and their luminescence property”, Z. Pan*, R. Akrobetu, R. Mu, and S. H. Morgan, Session 6: Optical Ceramics and Glass Ceramics in Symposium 2: Optical Materials & Devices, 2012 Glass&Optical Materials Division Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO.

  6. "Upconversion and downconversion luminescence in Tb3+, Tm3+ and Yb3+ co-doped oxyfluoride glass and glass-ceramics",  Z. Pan, R. Akrobetu, R. Mu, and S. H. Morgan,  PACRIM10-SC-P192-2013, 10th Pacific Rim Conference on Ceramic and Glass Technology, June 4, 2013, San Diego, CA.

Steven H. Morgan
Professor of Physics and Chair of Department of Life and Physical Sciences

B.S. in Physics, Tennessee Technological University
Ph.D.  in Physics, Vanderbilt University

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