Assistant Research Scientist, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
2018 Phoenix Memorial Laboratory
Laser-matter interactions, Plasma and laser spectroscopy, Nonlinear optically-driven processes in gases
Dr. Burger received his PhD degree in Plasma Physics from the University of Belgrade in 2015, where he worked as teaching and research assistant for six consecutive years. After completing postdoctoral training, he was appointed Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Michigan in 2019. His main research interests concern the basics of ultrashort laser pulse coupling with matter, as well as applications in the domain of optical sensing. This includes studying the efficacy of the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with solids and resulting plasmas as a means for remote detection of elements and compounds with a wide range of applications such as nuclear safety and security and environmental monitoring. He is involved in several projects related to development of novel optical instrumentation for advanced reactors, specifically to monitor conditions related to reactor structural integrity and safety. Dr. Burger’s ongoing activities are also directed towards studying the interaction of complex intense electromagnetic fields with air, in an effort to understand the fundamentals of nonlinear propagation of phase-modulated structured laser beams in gaseous environments.