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Richard StevensRichard Stevens

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4508
Fax: 509.777.4633
Office Location: Eric Johnston Science Center 109


Ph.D. Rice University B.S. California State University, Fullerton

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Physics; chemistry

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Project Director of $109,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to support new faculty research (2005).Co-directed the acquisition, installation and operation of an observatory dome housing a web-accessible Celestron 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (2003). Received a $115,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase a 750-hertz, argon-fluoride laser (2001) also received a $28,085 NASA grant, "Testing and Validation of a Spectroscopic Method to Analyze Carbon Grid Erosion in Ion Thrusters" (2001).

Presentations include: "Nuclear Physics Applications in the Third Semester General Physics Course" at the American Association of Physics Teachers Washington meeting (fall 2007); a paper, "Fibonacci Numbers as Hands-On Analogues to Quantum Numbers," at the American Association of Physics Teachers Washington/Oregon Joint Conference (2005); two papers at the International Electric Propulsion Conference as part of his research grant with NASA.

Publications: R. E. Stevens, "Detection Limits for a VUV Erosion Diagnostic for Carbon Grids" AIAA 2003-4562 39th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 2003. M. T. Domonkos, R. E. Stevens, G. J. Williams, Jr., "Absolute Density Calibration Cell for Laser-Induced Fluorescence Erosion Rate Measurements," IEPC-01-300.

R. E. Stevens, M. T. Domonkos, "Methodology and Feasibility of In Situ Erosion Measurements in Carbon-Based Ion Thruster Grids by Laser-Induced  Fluorescence," IEPC-01-311. M. T. Domonkos, R. E. Stevens, "Assessment of Spectroscopic, Real-Time Ion Thruster Grid Erosion-Rate Measurements," AIAA 2000-3815, 36th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 2000. R. E. Stevens, "A Simulation of Optical Polarization," published in The Physics Teacher, 2000, 38(4), 222. R.E. Stevens, "Neutron Activation Analysis of a Penny," in Am. J. Phys., 2000, 68(2).