Perry Yaney

Professor Emeritus
Emeritus
College of Arts and Sciences: Physics

Profile

Dr. Yaney joined the University of Dayton Research Institute in 1963 and transferred to the physics department as assistant professor in 1965. Prior to 1963, he worked for Delco Products and WPAFB in Dayton, OH, and Baldwin Piano Co., St. Eloi Corp and Avco Electronics and Ordnance Division in Cincinnati, OH. He achieved the professor rank in 1975. He is a co-founder of the multi-disciplinary Electro-Optics Graduate Program, which resides in the School of Engineering. His teaching has spanned a variety of undergraduate freshman and upper level physics coures as well as electro-optics graduate courses. He has been responsible over many years for the design and development of physics and electro-optics student laboratory facilities and courses. Professor Yaney has had over 80 journal publications and presentations since 1970. He has funded and directed over 30 electro-optics graduate students and more than 15 physics graduate students in their thesis research. Additionally, he has funded and mentored more than 25 undergraduate students on year-long laboratory research projects and regularly gives seminars and mentoring to high school students.

Professor Yaney has more than 40 years of experience in research ranging over design, construction and testing of prototype electro-optics systems and fundamental physics studies. He has been responsible for the design and build-up of a number of research laboratory facilities at both UD and WPAFB. Over this time, in addition to teaching and mentoring duties, Professor Yaney was principal investigator on funded research that totaled over $3 million and a principal scientist on projects that totaled well over $6 million.

Professor Yaney has held a half-time academic appointment since July 2001, but continues full-time research and service activities. He is a member of American Physical Society (past chair, Ohio Section), Optical Society of America, SPIE--The International Optical Engineering Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society (past chair, UD chapter) and the Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton (past chair).

The Faculty Perspective

I have been very blessed by the many opportunities I have had to learn, teach, mentor, work and grow with a wide range of interesting and challenging students. These opportunities were created by hard work, doggedness and sacrifice not only by me and my family, but, more importantly, by the many quality people and their families in the physics department, UDRI, and UD in general, with whom I have had the pleasure of association and collaboration. That I have had these good experiences, which I never imagined as a child or even as a young adult in college, is something of a miracle.

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1963

Research Interests

  • Optical waveguide modulators and related devices using nonlinear optical polymers
  • Raman microprobe spectroscopy characterization of silicon carbide, silicon nitride, periodically poled lithium niobate, etc.
  • Laser diagnostics of gas flows, flames and plasmas
  • Development of a distributed-feedback picosecond laser using a nonosecond pump laser

Selected Publications

A. A. Davis, Univ. of Dayton; P. P. Yaney, Univ. of Dayton; J. G. Grote, Air Force Research Lab.; D. E. Diggs, J. S. Zetts, Air Force Research Lab.; C. H. Zhang, Univ. of Southern California; R. L. Nelson, Air Force Research Lab.; L. R. Dalton, Univ. of Washington; F. K. Hopkins, Air Force Research Lab.; "Performance optimization of nonlinear optic polymer electro-optic modulators," Paper 4788-05, Proceedings of SPIE Vol 4788, 35-38 (2002).

D. E. Diggs, J. G. Grote, Air Force Research Lab.; A. A. Davis, Univ. of Dayton; J. S. Zetts, Air Force Research Lab.; C. H. Zhang, Univ. of Southern California; R. L. Nelson, Air Force Research Lab.; L. R. Dalton, Univ. of Washington; F. K. Hopkins, Air Force Research Lab.; P. P. Yaney, Univ. of Dayton, "Materials characterization for nonlinear optic polymer waveguide modulator design," Paper 4813-23, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 4813, (2002).

M. Leovich, Univ. of Dayton; P. P. Yaney, Univ. of Dayton; J. G. Grote, Air Force Research Lab.; R. L. Nelson, Air Force Research Lab.; J. S. Zetts, Air Force Research Lab.; F.K. Hopkins, Air Force Research Lab.; "Optimized Cladding Materials For NLO Polymer-Based Devices," Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 4652, 97-103 (2002).

P. Yaney, B. Duncan and G. Little "Three-course graduate electro-optics laboratory sequence at the University of Dayton" by to the 7th International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics 2001, Ed. by Lim, Tuan K. and Guenther, Arthur H. Paper 4588-48, Proceedings of SPIE, Vol. 4588, 280-289 (2002).