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Richard Swent
Research Associate Professor of Physics

Dr. Swent joined NPS in 2009. He has a B.A. in Physics from Occidental College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He has worked for over 20 years in the fields of superconducting accelerators and free electron lasers at Stanford University and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. He has experience working with high voltage systems, cryogenic systems, vacuum systems, low-level and high-power RF systems and lasers. At Stanford he was chair of the University Laser Safety Committee and served on the Administrative Panel for Radiological Safety. He has over 50 publications and is a member of APS, IEEE and AAAS.

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Richard L. Swent


 974 B. A. Physics, Occidental College, Los Angeles CA
1979 M. S. E. E, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
1983 Ph. D.  E. E., Stanford University, Stanford CA

Professional Career

Professor Swent has been working in the fields of superconducting accelerators and free electron lasers since 1987 at Stanford University, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and the Naval Postgraduate School. He was Director of Operations and Development at the Stanford Picosecond FEL Center. In that role developed the experimental facilities and capabilities required for the Center to become the premier FEL user facility in the country. His expertise covers the diverse areas of experimental physics needed to design, operate, characterize and use free electron lasers, superconducting accelerators and all the subsystems that go into them. At Stanford University he was a member of the University Administrative Panel on Radiological Safety and Chairman of the University Laser Safety Committee. At the Naval Postgraduate School he helped establish a new accelerator physics laboratory and participated in the design and testing of superconducting RF guns.

Over 50 publications, most in refereed journals

Professional Organizations

American Physical Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science




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