From Ventura, California, Ryan DeCrescent received his B.S. in Physics at the University of California in Santa Cruz in 2014. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Physics department at UC Santa Barbara.
We study the optical properties of organic, semiconducting, and hybrid thin films in order to understand the connection between thin film morphology and optical anisotropies. With this, we hope to gain insight into the fundamental electric and magnetic light-matter interactions in these systems, as well as possible ways of increasing absorption/emission properties in, e.g., LEDs. Our primary apparatus is a momentum-resolved (aka, Fourier imaging) spectrometer.