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Dr. Erkin Sidick

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of California, Davis. March 1995. Dissertation Title: “Ultra-short pulse second harmonic generation in dispersive media.”
  • M.S. in Physics, California State University, Northridge. May 1990.
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Xinjiang University (Urumchi, P. R. China). February 1983.

Brief Biography

Erkin Sidick was born in 1958 in Aksu city. After earning his BS degree, he worked as a teacher at Xinjiang University from Feb. 1983 to Sep. 1985. During this time he spent one year at Shanghai Jiaotung University as a domestic visiting scholar, and studied electro-magnetics and micro-wave technology. In Sep. 1985, Erkin Sidick went to Osaka Electro-Communication University (OECU) of Japan as a research associate, where he conducted research on micro-wave and mm-wave layered ferrite waveguide devices. Erkin deeply impressed his Japanese professors and colleagues in hard-working, and due to his outstanding performance in research, he was recommended by OECU to the graduate program at Osaka University (ranked as one of the top 3 universities in engineering in Japan) in April 1987. Osaka University admitted Erkin to its graduate program, waiving all of the entry exams. However, a delegation from Xinjiang Education Commission rejected this recommendation, and Erkin could not obtain a graduate degree in Japan (OECU did not have a graduate program at that time. The OECU officials felt very bad about and very disappointed by this event, and started a process to establish a Master’s program about a year later. They formally opened the program at OECU by 1990. When Erkin Sidick re-visited this university in 1991, the university president gave an official dinner for his honor and personally thanked him for becoming a reason for them to establish a graduate program. The OECU has accepted about 10 more Uyghur students since then). During a period of 2 and a half years, he published 19 research papers in top-level international journals as well as Japanese and international conferences. He returned from Japan to Urumchi in Apr. 1988. In Sept. of the same year he went to the USA to earn his graduate degrees.

CSUN. Erkin studied for his Master’s degree at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) from Sep. 1988 to May 1990 in Physics. Although this is a new major for him (his original major is electrical engineering), he did very well in his course work, research and teaching. His Master’s thesis was published in the Journal of Applied Physics, and he received T. C. Liang’s Memorial Award in 1989, and the Best Teaching Assistant Award in 1990, from the Department of Physics at CSUN.

UC Davis. In 1990, Erkin Sidick got admissions to doctoral programs from 6 universities, including the University of Utah, University of Southern California, and the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), and he chose UC Davis. By the time he finished his doctoral studies in March 1995, he co-authored 10 journal papers, 3 book chapters, and 7 conference papers from his work at UC Davis. One of the reviewers of his paper, Nobel prize winner Dr. A. F. Huxley, is said to be a grandson of the Periodic Table inventor Darwin, and recommended one of Erkin’s papers to Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. He used in his dissertation only half of the achievements that he obtained in his Ph.D. research, and he was chosen twice as the Finalist for the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award and as the winner of the Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award. The latter is a highly competitive award given to only one Ph.D. graduate during an academic year in the Department of Electrical Engineering at UC Davis.

Sandia National Labs. Erkin Sidick worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate jointly at UC Davis and Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore, California) until Sep. 1996, under the guidance of a world-famous scientist, the inventor of FROG ( Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating), Dr. Rick Trebino (Dr. Trebino is currently the chairman of the Physics Department at Georgia Institute of Technology). Where he designed and developed a micro-machined fiber-optic laser trap used to capture and manipulate biological micro particles, and a nonlinear multi-element optical achromatic phase-matching system used in second-harmonic generation of broadband and tunable lasers as well as optical ultra-short pulses. During this period, he co-authored one patent, 4 journal papers in the highest-level international journals such as Optics Letters, and 6 conference papers. During this time as well as when he was a graduate student at UC Davis, Erkin also taught upper-division undergraduate courses in electrical engineering as a part-time faculty at UC Davis and as a Lecturer at California State University, Sacramento.

CVI. In Sep. 1996, Erkin Sidick started an industrial Research and Development (R&D) career at CVI Laser Corporation (Livermore, California), where he served as a Senior Development Engineer and the Manager of Coating Department. In this company, Erkin designed and developed new optical thin-film components, such as anti-reflection coatings, beam-splitters, this-film polarizers, polarization beam-splitters, partial-reflectors and mirrors, and so on, and improved optical coating deposition processes of electron-beam  high-vacuum (10-6 Torr) chambers. He also designed, developed and built a White-Light Interferometer optical instrument (both LabView software and optical-electrical hardware) used to measure the nonlinear phases of optical components. At that time there were only about 3 such pieces of instruments in various laboratories around the world. He also designed and built a small size lock-in amplifier electronic instrument used to measure ultra-low level (micro-volt) electronic signals.

WaveSplitter. Erkin joined WaveSplitter Technologies (WST) Inc. (Fremont, California) in March 2000 as a Senior Optical Engineer, and lateral was promoted as an Engineering Manager. At one time, he managed 12 engineers and technicians. In this company he carried out technology evaluation, new technology and new product development, project and engineering management, and patent review in the fields of passive optical components for fiber-optic communications. He served as a technical architect for several optical components, and competed by himself alone with several major Japanese companies including NEL, NEC, Hitachi and Sumitomo in Interleaver technology based on both fused-fiber and Planar Lightwave Circuits (PLC), in many occasions deeply impressing his counterparts in those big companies with his technical, negotiation and language skills. The fused-fiber Fourier-filter Interleavers produced by WST were chosen in 2001 by several big long-haul communications systems companies such as Siemens, Lucent and NEC as the best product in the world.

MFSI. In May 2003, Erkin joined MicroFluidic Systems Inc. (Pleasanton, California), a bio-technology start-up company that develops biological instruments for the analysis and detection of biological and chemical agents in the air, after WST moved its engineering operations to Taiwan. In this company, he successfully designed and built a multi-channel excitation-emission (flourescence)-detection optical module that carries out optical analysis on DNA’s amplified by a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) process.

From 1996 to 2002, Erkin co-founded two high-technology companies in the Silicon Valley of California, as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the Vice-President of Engineering, respectively, in the fields of optical communications. But both companies could not fly off due to the huge down-turn in the world-wide optical telecommunications industry occurred in the last a couple of years.

JPL. Erkin Sidick joined Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL, http://www.jpl.nasa.gov) in Pasadena, California, in Jan. 2004 as a Member of Technical Staff for space telescopes. JPL is one of the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) centers having an annual budget of 1.4 billion dollars and employing more than 6000 people, among which about 2000 have Ph.D. degrees and about 2000 have M.S. degrees. It is a part of California Institute of Technology, and is funded by NASA. Some believe that Erkin is the only Turkic person who could have joined JPL in the last 20 years. Erkin belongs to a group who saved the Hubble Space Telescope from failure after its launch in 1980s. His current job function is to determine and allocate error budgets for 2 space telescopes. One of the projects for which Erkin is a technical team member is Terrestrial Planet Finder(http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/TPF/tpf_index.html) to be launched in the year of 2014.  It is part of NASA’s Origin’s Program and its goal is to examine about 150 sun-like stars near the Solar system and their planets.  In August 2004, Erkin Sidick received a Spot Award from JPL “For the continued development of the Space Telescope Error Budget tool and integrated optical-mechanical-thermal modelling capability enabling an accelerated design cycle.”

SPECIAL SKILLS:  

  • Extensive experience in ZEMAX, Code V, BeamProp (RSoft), BBV (Kymata), TFCal, FilmWizard, LabView, Ashlar CAD Drawing, MatLab, FORTRAN, Visual C++, Windows programming, Unix, and SPICE.
  • Fluent in Uyghur, English, Japanese, and Chinese (reading, writing, and speaking).


AWARDS:

  • SPOT Award for Outstanding Performance, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, August 2004.
  • Anil K. Jain Best PhD Dissertation Award, UC Davis, 1994-95.
  • Teaching Award for Outstanding Graduate Student (Finalist), UC Davis, 1992-93 & 94-95.
  • Best Teaching Assistant Award, CSU Northridge, 1989-90. 
  • C. Y. Liang Memorial Award, CSU Northridge, 1988-89.

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS:

(1) JOURNAL PAPERS:

  1. E. Sidick , P. Peters, J. Chon, and B. Kurdi, “Highly Integrated and Scalable PLC Interleaver Modules ,” Proc. SPIE vol. 4904, pp. 80-87, October 2002.
  2. B. A. Richman, S. E. Bisson, R. Trebino, E. Sidick, A. Jacobson, “All-prism achromatic phase-matching for tunable second-harmonic generation,” Applied Optics, Vol. 38, pp. 3316-3323, May 20, 1999.
  3. B. A. Richman, S. E. Bisson, R. Trebino, E. Sidick, A. Jacobson, “Efficient broadband second-harmonic generation by dispersive achromatic nonlinear conversion using only prisms,” Optics Letters, Vol. 23, pp. 497-499, April 1998.
  4. B. A. Richman, S. E. Bisson, R. Trebino, E. Sidick, A. Jacobson, “Achromatic phase-matching for tunable second-harmonic generation by use of a grism,” Optics Letters, Vol. 22, pp. 1223-1225, August 1997.
  5. E. Sidick, S. D. Collins, and A. Knoesen, “Trapping forces in a multiple-beam fiber-optic trap, ” Applied Optics, Vol. 36, pp. 6423-6433, September 1997.
  6. P. Pretre, E. Sidick, A. Knoesen, D. J. Dyer, and R. J. Twieg, “Optical Dispersion Properties of Tricyanovinylanaline Polymer Thin Films for Ultrashort Optical Pulse Diagnositics,” Polymer Preprints, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 969-970, 1997.
  7. E. Sidick, S. D. Collins, A. Knoesen, and R. J. Baskin, “Micromachined optical trap for use as a microcytology workstation.” Proceedings of the SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering, vol.2978, 1997. p.69-74, February 1997.
  8. E. Sidick, A. Knoesen, and A. Dienes, “Ultrashort pulse second harmonic generation in quasi-phase-matched structures,” Pure and Applied Optics 5, 709-722, September 1996.
  9. E. Sidick, A. Dienes, and A. Knoesen, “Ultrashort pulse second harmonic generation, Part I: Transform-limited fundamental pulses,” Journal of Optical Society of America B 12, 1704-1712, September 1995.
  10. E. Sidick, A. Dienes, and A. Knoesen, “Ultrashort pulse second harmonic generation, Part II: Non-transform-limited fundamental pulses,” Journal of Optical Society of America B 12, 1713-1722, September 1995.
  11. E. Sidick and A. Knoesen, and A. Dienes, “Ultrashort pulse second harmonic generation in optimized nonlinear polymer thin film structures,” International Journal of Nonlinear Optical Physics, vol. 3, 543-563, October 1994.
  12. E. Sidick, R. J. Baskin, Y. Yeh, and A. Knoesen, “Rigorous analysis of diffraction ellipsometry of light by a striated muscle fiber,” Biophysical Journal 66, 2051-2061, June 1994.
  13. E. Sidick, A. Knoesen, and A. Dienes, “Ultrashort pulse second harmonic generation in quasi-phase-matched dispersive media,” Optics Letters 19, 266-268, February 1994.
  14. E. Sidick, A. Knoesen and J. N. Mait, “Design and rigorous analysis of high efficiency array generators,” Applied Optics 32, 2599-2605, May 1993.
  15. E. Sidick, J. K. Xian, A. Knoesen, Y. Yeh, and R. J. Baskin, “Rigorous analysis of light diffraction by striated muscle fibers,” Proceedings of Royal Society London B 249, 247-257, September 1992.
  16. E. Sidick and R. Seki, “An improved layered ferrite slab waveguide with a corrugated interface,”Journal of Applied Physics 72, 1595-1598, August 1992.
  17. E. Sidick and N. S. Chang, “Theoretical analysis of a leaky mm-wave antenna consisting of a layered magnetic slab image line with periodic corrugation,” Trans. IEICE Japan J73-B-II, 197-204, April 1990.
  18. E. Sidick, N. S. Chang, H. Maheri, and M. Tsutsumi, “Characteristics of millimeter-wave radiation in a corrugated ferrite slab structure,” IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech. MTT-36, 568-575, March 1988.
  19. N. S. Chang and E. Sidick, “Characteristics of a high Q filter composed of a magnetic thin-film layered structure with periodic corrugation,” IEEE Trans. Magnetics MAG-23, 3337-3339, September 1987.
  20. N. S. Chang and E. Sidick, “A rigorous analysis of a magnetic thin-film layered structure with a sinusoidal surface corrugation,” J. Appl. Physics 61, 4124-4126, April 1987.

(2) BOOK CHAPTERS:

  1. Ph. Pretre, E. Sidick, L. M. Wu, A. Knoesen, D. J. Dyer, and R. J. Twieg, “Optical dispersion properties of tricyanovinylaniline polymer thin films for utrashort optical pulse diagnostics, ” in Organic Thin Films, C. W. Frank eds. (American Chemical Society, Washington, DC 1998), Chp. 24, pp. 328-341.
  2. Knoesen, E. Sidick, and A. Dienes, “Ultrashort pulse second harmonic generation,” in Novel Optical Materials and Applicaitons, I. C. Khoo, F. Simoni and C. Umeton eds. (John Wiley & Sons, 1997), Chp. 4, pp. 95-127.
  3. Dienes, E. Sidick, R. A. Hill, and A. Knoesen, “Second harmonic femtosecond pulse generation in nonlinear polymer thin film structures,” in Polymers for Second-Order Nonlinear Optics, G. A. Lindsay and K. D. Singer eds. (American Chemical Society, Washington, DC 1995), Chp. 35, pg. 484-497.

(3) PATENTS:

  1. E. Sidick, “Method for Determining the OPD Errors of an Interleaver / De-Interleaver Consisting of Multi-Stage Unbalanced Mach-Zehnder Interferometers, ” Filed with US Patent Office.
  2. E. Sidick, “Cascaded Fourier Filter Interleaver having enhanced performance,” US Patent 6,768,843. July 27, 2004.
  3. E. Sidick, “Wide Pass-Band Interferometric Optical Device Utilizing an Optical Ring-Resonator, ” US Patent 6,834,141. December 21, 2004.
  4. B. A. Richman, R. Trebino, S. E. Bisson, and E. Sidick, “Apparatus and methods for using achromatic phase-matching at high orders of dispersion,” US Patent 6,288,832. September 11, 2001.

(4) CONFERENCE PAPERS:

  1. R. M. Morgan, C. M. Ohara, J. J. Green, J. Roberts, E. Sidick , and K. ShCheglov, “Testbed for extended-scene Shack-Hartmann and phase retrival wavefront sensing,” SPIE Conference 5903, paper 5903-34 (San Diego, California, 2005).
  2. F. Shi, J. C. Carson, J. J.  Green, B. Gordon, A. E. Lowman, D.  Moody, A. F. Niessner, D. M. Palacios, E. Sidick, J. T. Trauger, “Wavefont amplitude variation of TPF’s high-contrast imaging testbed: modeling and experiment,” SPIE Conference 5905, paper 5905-56 (San Diego, California, 2005)
  3. E. Sidick, and J. Chon, “Highly Integrated and Scalable PLC Interleaver Modules , ” (Invited), APOC, Paper 4904-17, Shanghai, China, October 2002.
  4. X. Liu, E. Sidick,T. Brewer, J. Chon, and F. Liang, “Novel laser fusion processes of fabricating   low-loss S-band WDM narrowband coupler devices overcome H2O resonant absorption, ” OFC 2002 Technical Digest (Anaheim, California, March 17-2002), paper TuQ6, pp. 113-115.
  5. C. H. Huang, Y. Li, J. Chen, E. Sidick, J. Chon, K. G. Sullivan, “Low-loss, flat-top 50-GHz DWDM and add/drop modules using all-fiber Fourier filters, ” NFOEC 2000 (Telcordia Technologies), Aug. 27-31, 2000, Denver, Colorado, pp. 311-316.
  6. B. A. Richman, S. E. Bisson, R. Trebino, E. Sidick , and A. Jacobson, “Achromatic phase matching for tunable second harmonic generation,”, OSA Annual Meeting (Optical Society of America), Oct. 12-17, 1997, Long Beach, California, paper MP3.
  7. E. Sidick, A. Jacobson, B. A. Richman, S. E. Bisson, and R. Trebino, “Design of grism and all prism achromatic phase matching second harmonic generator,” OSA Annual Meeting (Optical Society of America), Oct. 12-17, 1997, Long Beach, California, paper MP4.
  8. E. Sidick, A. Jacobson, B. A. Richman, S. E. Bisson, and R. Trebino, “Achromatic phase matching with prisms for femtosecond pulse second harmonic generation,” Ultrafast Optics 1997 Conference, Monterey, California, Aug. 4-7, 1997, paper ThA-8.
  9. Ph. Pretre, E. Sidick, A. Knoesen, D. J. Dyer, and R. J. Twieg, “Optical dispersion properties of Tricyanovinylaniline polymer thin films for ultrashort optical pulse diagnostics,” Simposium on Organic Optical Materials, the 213th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, California, April 13-17, 1997.
  10. B. A. Richman, S. E. Bisson, R. Trebino, M. MItchell, E. Sidick , and A. Jacobson, “Achromatic phase matching for tunable second harmonic generation,”, Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO 97), Baltimore, Maryland, May 1997.
  11. B. A. Richman, S. E. Bisson, R. Trebino, M. MItchell, K. W. Delong, E. Sidick, and A. Jacobson, “A compact, robust, instantaneously tunable harmonic generator for lidar applications,” Optical Sensing for Environmental Process Monitoring 96 (Air and Waste Management Association), Dallas, Texas, Nov. 6-8, 1996.
  12. R. Trebino, S. E. Bisson, M. Mitchell, E. Sidick, K. W. Delong, and A. Jacobson, “A compact, robust, instantaneously tunable harmonic generator for lidar applications,” 18th International Laser Remote Sensing Conference (ILRC), Berlin, Germany, July 22-27, 1996.
  13. A. Knoesen, E. Sidick, R. Hill, and A. Dienes, “Nonlinear optical materials and applications,” in Nonlinear Optics Topical Meeting (NOMA), Cetroro, Italy, June 1995 (Invited).
  14. A. Knoesen, E. Sidick, and A. Dienes, “Distortion and shaping of ultrashort pulses produced by harmonic generation,” in Lasers and Electro-Optics Society ’94 Annual Meeting, (Optical Society of America, Boston, Massachusetts, 1994), paper NO5.1 (Invited) .
  15. A. Knoesen, R. Hill, E. Sidick, and A. Dienes, “Femtosecond optical applications of second-order nonlinear polymeric thin films,” in Washington, D.C. Meeting, Vol. 35 of 1994 P olymer Preprints (American Chemical Society, 1994), pp. 210 (Invited).
  16. E. Sidick, R. Hill, A. Dienes, and A. Knoesen, “Enhanced second harmonic femtosecond pulse generation in quasi-phase-matched thin film structures,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 8 of 1994 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Anaheim, California, 1994), pp. 421.
  17. A. Knoesen, E. Sidick, A. Dienes, D. R. Yankelevich, and R. Hill, “Phase distortions of femtosecond pulses generated in multilayer second-order nonlinear media,” in Lasers and Electro-Optics Society ’93 Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings (Optical Society of Am erica, San Jose, California, 1993), pp. 302-303.
  18. E. Sidick and A. Knoesen, “Design of diffractive optical elements with rigorous diffraction theory,” in Optical Design for Photonics Topical Meeting, Vol. 9 of 1993 Technical D igest Series (Optical Society of America, Palm Springs, California), pp. 57-60.
  19. N. S. Chang and E. Sidick, “Theoretical investigation of microwave amplification by using semiconductor-YIG composite system with periodic corrugation,” 8th Notional Microwave Conference, Gdansk, Poland, Aug. 1988.
  20. N. S. Chang and E. Sidick, “On the coupling between electron stream and magnetic wave in a GaAs-YIG composite structure with corrugation,” IEICE Annual Conference, C-659, Tokyo, Japan, March 1988.
  21. E. Sidick and N. S. Chang, “Radiation of mm-wave from a layered magnetic slab waveguide with double-corrugation,” IEICE Annual Conference, S7-5, Kumamoto, Japan, Nov. 1987.
  22. N. S. Chang and E. Sidick, “Theoretical investigation of a beam-steering leaky mm-wave antenna consisting of a magnetic layered structure with a metalized sinusoidal corrugation,” Sino-Japanese Joint Meeting on Optical Fiber Science and Electromagnetic Theory, Nanjing, China, May 1987.
  23. E. Sidick and N. S. Chang, “Theoretical analysis of a leaky mm-wave antenna consisting of a layered magnetic slab image line with periodic corrugation,” Antenna and Propagation Topical Meeting, Tokyo, Japan, Apr. 1987.
  24. N. S. Chang and E. Sidick, “Characteristics of a high Q filter composed of a magnetic thin-film layered structure with periodic corrugation,” INTERMAG ß87 Conference, FG-12, Tokyo, Japan, Apr. 14-17, 1987.
  25. E. Sidick and N. S. Chang, “Radiation characteristics of an image line consisting of a magnetic layered slab with metalized periodic corrugation,” IEICE Annual Conference, 679, Tokyo, Japan, Mar. 1987.
  26. N. S. Chang and E. Sidick, “Characteristics of a magnetic layered waveguide with periodic corrugation,” IEICE Annual Conference, 774, Tokyo, Japan, Mar. 1987.
  27. N. S. Chang and E. Sidick, “Rigorous analysis of a magnetic thin-film layered structure with a sinusoidal surface corrugation,” MMM International Conference, FP-10, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Nov. 12-20, 1986.
  28. N. S. Chang and E. Sidick, “Perturbation analysis of an image line consisting of magnetic layered thin film with periodic corrugation,” IEICE Conference on Optic and Electronic Waves, 65, Tokyo, Japan, Sep. 1986.
  29. N. S. Chang and E. Sidick, “Rigorous analysis of a thin-film layered waveguide with periodic corrugation,” IEICE Conference on Optic and Electronic Waves, 156, Tokyo, Japan, Sep. 1986.
  30. N. S. Chang and E. Sidick, “Magnetostatic wave propagation in a slot waveguide consisting of layered magnetic films,” IEICE Annual Conference, 768, Nigata, Japan, Mar. 1986.

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