Arthur McGurn

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Arthur R. McGurn
Professor of Physics
(269) 387-4950
1139 Everett Tower, Mail Stop 5252
Mailing address: 
Department of Physics
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008 USA
  • Ph.D., Condensed Matter Physics, Univerrsity of California, Santa Barbara, 1975
  • B.A., Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1971
Teaching interests: 
  • Mathematical physics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Statistical mechanics
  • Condensed matter physics
Research interests: 
  • Photonic crystals (theory)
  • Meta-materials and negative refraction (theory)
  • Nonlinear dynamics-soliton, chaos

Dr. Arthur R. McGurn is a professor of condensed matter physics and quantum and non-linear optics in the Department of Physics at Western Michigan University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America and the Electromagnetics Academy, and he is an Outstanding Referee for the journals of the American Physical Society.  

After earning his Ph. D. in 1975, McGurn completed postdoctoral studies at Temple University, Michigan State University and George Washington University (NASA Langley Research Center). His research interests include the theory of magnetism in disorder materials, electron conductivity, the properties of phonons, ferroelectrics and their nonlinear dynamics, Anderson localization, amorphous materials, the scattering of light from disordered media and rough surfaces, the properties of speckle correlations of light, quantum optics, nonlinear optics, the dynamical properties of nonlinear systems, photonic crystals, and meta-materials. He has approximately 150 publications spread over these topics.

A WMU Distinguished Faculty Scholar, McGurn has taught at Western since 1981. A number of Ph.D. students have graduated from the University under his supervision. His book, Nonlinear Optics of Photonic Crystals and Meta-Materials, was recently published by Morgan & Claypool as part of IOP Concise Physics for IOP Publishing. It is an introduction for graduate students to photonic crystals, meta-materials, and their nonlinear optical properties. Topics include applications to negative refractive index materials, electromagnetic cloaking, enhanced second harmonic generation of radiation, photonic crystal lasers and waveguides, and solitons.