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Dennis K. Killinger

Dennis K. Killinger

Dennis K. Killinger
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Fellow of Optical Society of America


Office: ISA 4216
Phone: 813/974-3995
Lab: ISA 5070
Fax: 813/974-5813



Ph.D. physics, 1978, University of Michigan


Research Interests:

  • laser & optical physics
  • Lidar remote sensing
  • laser atmospheric propagation
  • free-space optical laser telecommunication
  • industrial applications of lasers & optical sensors
  • technology transfer & applied R&D

Dr. Dennis K. Killinger is a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Physics at the University of South Florida and is an expert in laser and optical remote sensing/Lidar, applied laser spectroscopy, laser physics, and Free Space Optical (FSO) laser communication.  He received the BA degree from the  University of Iowa,  MA  degree  from  De Pauw University,  and  Ph.D. degree  in Physics from the University of Michigan.  He has conducted research on radar analysis and microwave atmospheric  propagation while employed as a research physicist at the Naval Avionics Facility, and was on the research staff in Quantum Electronics at Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology conducting  research in the development of new solid state lasers  and  their  application as spectroscopic Lidar probes of  the  atmosphere.   In  1987, he joined the Physics faculty at the University of South Florida and is director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric Lidar and Laser Communication Studies, and past Technical Director of the Technology Deployment Center working on technology transfer for the University and regional industries.

Dr. Killinger is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, Senior Member of the IEEE, past associate editor of Applied Optics and Optics Letters, past member of the NAS/NRC Committee on Optical Science and Engineering, and has served as chairman of several international conferences on lasers and applied spectroscopy.   He has published over 200 technical papers, reports, and conference papers, and five books or book chapters.