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. candidate in the Physics department at UC Santa Barbara.
I study the angle- and polarization-dependent absorption and photoluminescent properties of organic, inorganic, and hybrid organic/inorganic crystals in order to elucidate the connection between morphology and optical anisotropies. At a fundamental level, these studies provide insight into the fundamental electric or magnetic light-matter interactions in these systems. In turn, this can provide useful information about the material's electronic structure. Alternatively, we can exploit known material properties to manipulate the way light is emitted or absorbed. Our primary apparatus is a momentum-resolved (aka, Fourier imaging) spectrometer.