William T. Silfvast

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William T. Silfvast
Residence Medford, Oregon
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of Utah
Scientific career
Institutions Oxford University
AT&T Bell Labs
Stanford University
University of Central Florida
Thesis High Gain Laser Action in the Neutral Spectrum of Lead (1965)
Doctoral advisor Grant R. Fowles

William Thomas Silfvast is an American physicist well known for his contributions to gas discharge lasers,[1][2] soft x-ray lasers,[3] and as the author of the influential textbook Laser Fundamentals.[4] and also a thriller novel "Focused to Kill, (2012). Silfvast received his PhD in Physics from the University of Utah and spent much of his career at Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey. Later he became a professor and chairman of the Physics Department at the University of Central Florida's Center for Research in Electro-Optics and Lasers (CREOL). Silfvast remains a Professor Emeritus at UCF, and is now retired and living in Oregon. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, and the IEEE.[5] In 2010 Silfvast was selected as one of 27 'Laser Luminaries' (laser pioneers) during the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the discovery of the laser.


  1. ^ W. T. Silfvast and M. B. Klein, CW laser action on 24 visible wavelengths in Se II, Appl. Phys. Lett. 17, 400-403 (1970).
  2. ^ F. J. Duarte, Tunable Laser Optics (Elsevier-Academic, New York, 2003).
  3. ^ W. T. Silfvast, M. C. Richardson, H. Bender, A. Hanzo, V. Yanovsky, F. Jin, and J. Thorpe, Laser‐produced plasmas for soft x‐ray projection lithography, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 10, 3126-3134 (1992).
  4. ^ W. T. Silfvast, Laser Fundamentals (Cambridge University, Cambridge, 2004).
  5. ^ "APS Fellowship 1993". American Physical Society. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 

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