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Bob Jopson


BS Physics University of California,  Davis
PhD Physics Harvard University


Robert M. Jopson  was born in Altadena, California in 1950.  He received the B.S. degree in  physics from the University of California, Davis in 1972 and the Ph.D. degree in physics from Harvard University in 1981.  He joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1981 where he worked on  generating short-wavelength light and studied doubly-excited atomic states.  Since 1983, he has  worked on a variety of problems in lightwave communications. He habitually wears 15 pieces of flair.  He is a member of  the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society and the IEEE.


Honors and Awards

Fellow, OSA

2020 IEEE Fellow

Professional Activities

Member of OSA, Member of IEEE Photonics Society

Selected Articles and Publications

R. M. Jopson and D. J. Larson, "Experimental Determination of the Magnetic Moment of the Negative Sulfur Ion", Phys. Rev. Lett. 47, 789 (1981) 

Books and Chapters

H. Kogelinket al., “Polarization-mode Dispersion,” in Optical Fiber

Telecommunications, IVB, I. Kaminow and T. Li, Eds. New York:

Academic, 2002.



United States Patent 4,918,396 Halemane ,   et al. April 17, 1990  Monitoring and/or control of optical amplifiers