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Prof. Kevin B. Smith

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Prof. Dick Harkins


Prof. Joseph Hooper

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Department of Physics
Spanagel Hall, Room 203
833 Dyer Road
Monterey, CA 93943-5216
(831) 656-2145
DSN: 756-2145

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Emeritus Faculty

Bob Armstead
Emeritus Associate Professor of Physics
Ph.D. Physics, UC Berkely, 1964

Phone: 831-656-2125, Email:

Dr. Armstead joined the faculty of NPS in 1964. He has worked on problems relating the theory of low energy electron-atom scattering. His current interests are in the teaching of physics and in the computer simulation of free-electron lasers.

Bill Colson 
Emeritus, Distinguished Professor of Physics 
Ph.D. Physics, Stanford University, 1977

Dr. Colson joined NPS in 1989. His research was centered on the theory and simulation of free-electron lasers. Read More


Alfred Cooper
Emeritus Professor of Physics
Ph.D. Physics, The Queens University of Belfast, 1961

Phone: 831-624-7005, Email:

Dr. Cooper joined the NPS Physics faculty in 1957. He worked in gas discharge and plasma physics, laser technology, laser-target interaction, atmospheric optical propagation and turbulence, infrared system performance and applications in electromagnetic warfare.

Don Walters
Emeritus Professor of Physics
Ph.D. Physics, Kansas State University, 1971

Phone: 831-656-2267, Email:

Dr. Walters joined the NPS in 1983. At NPS he has developed and fielded a number of optical, acoustic and micro-thermal probe systems that measure the dynamic turbulent properties of the atmosphere that are being used in critical national programs. He is the author of three requirement documents for military weapons systems currently in service and serves on a number of high level DoD Steering Committees concerned with laser propagation. Prof Walters has advised 51 M.S. and 2 Ph.D. students. He is a member of the APS and OSA.

Karlheinz Woehler
Emeritus Professor of Physics
Ph.D. Physics, University of Munich, 1962

Phone: 831-659-4383, Email:

Dr. Woehler joined the faculty in 1962 and has been retired since 2008. He still studies physics and has a special interest in the Universe and it origin.






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