Alexandra Zhdanova
Alexandra A. Zhdanova, Ph.D.
Scientist
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Menlo Park

Dr. Zhdanova specializes in optics and consumer electronics. She has extensive experience building custom experimental setups for optical testing, including birefringence, film-thickness, transmittance, reflectance of surfaces, and radiation safety assessments of LED and laser devices. Her electronics expertise includes PCB design, Arduino programming, and prototyping, as well as failure analysis of MOSFETs and Li-Ion cells.

At Texas A&M University, Dr. Zhdanova designed and built a custom optical setup to perform time-resolved laser experiments that required the spatial and temporal overlap of seven femtosecond laser beams into an ultra-high vacuum chamber. She is skilled in areas related to nonlinear, femtosecond, and classical optics, interferometry, data analysis, and electrical characterization. Dr. Zhdanova has a background in rapid prototyping and is an expert in the automation of data collection and analysis using programming languages such as Python, Java, Matlab, LabVIEW, C, and C++.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Physics, Texas A&M University, 2018
  • B.S., Physics, University of Washington, 2013

LANGUAGES

  • Russian

Publications

A. A. Zhdanova, M. Zhi, and A. V. Sokolov, “Coherent Raman generation in solid-state materials using spatial and temporal laser field shaping,” in Frontiers and Advances in Molecular Spectroscopy (J. Laane, ed.), Elsevier, 2nd ed., 2017.

A. A. Zhdanova, Y. Shen, J. V. Thompson, M. O. Scully, V. V. Yakovlev, and A. V. Sokolov, “Controlled Supercontinua via Spatial Beam Shaping,” J. Mod. Opt. (arXiv:1705.10457), 2017.

M. Shutova, A. A. Zhdanova, and A. V. Sokolov, “Detection of mixed OAM states via vortex breakup,” Phys. Lett. A, vol. 381, pp. 408–412, 2017.

A. A. Zhdanova, M. Shutova, A. Bahari, and A. V. Sokolov, “Topological charge algebra of optical vortices in nonlinear interactions,” Opt. Expess, vol. 23, no. 26, pp. 34109–34117, 2015.

K. Wang, A. Zhdanova, M. Zhi, X. Hua, and A. Sokolov, “Multicolored Femtosecond Pulse Synthesis Using Coherent Raman Sidebands in a Reflection Scheme,” Appl. Sci., vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 145–156, 2015.

Academic Appointments

Graduate Student, Physics Department, Texas A&M University (2013-2018)
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics, University of Washington (2011-2013)
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, LIGO, Caltech (2012)

Professional Affiliations

2013-2018, The Optical Society (OSA)

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Physics, Texas A&M University, 2018
  • B.S., Physics, University of Washington, 2013

LANGUAGES

  • Russian