Scott Holmstrom, PhD

Scott Holmstrom, PhD
Professor of Physics
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Physics and Engineering Physics
918-631-3031 Keplinger Hall Room 1165


PhD – Australian National University MS – Oklahoma State University BS – Southwest Missouri State University

Research Interests

Experimental, Theoretical, and Computational Optics
Optical Interference
Collective Excitations and Evanescent-field Spectroscopy in Microstructures
Functionalized Optical Waveguides and Resonators

Teaching Interests

Philosophy of Physics
College Physics
Mathematical Physics
Classical Electromagnetic Theory
Musical Acoustics
Nuclear Physics
Classical Optics
Quantum Optics


Journal Articles

  • TyndallN., StievaterT., KozakD., PruessnerM., HolmstromS., and RabinovichW. Ultrabroadband Lattice Filters for Integrated Photonic Spectroscopy and Sensing. Vol. 57, Optical Engineering, 2018.
  • Stievater, Todd et al. “Near-Infrared Waveguide-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Trace Gases.” Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics. Optical Society of America, 2017. SM4D.5. Print.

  • HolmstromS., StievaterT., KozakD., PruessnerM., TyndallN., RabinovichW., McGillR., and KhurginJ. Trace Gas Raman Spectroscopy Using Functionalized Waveguides. Vol. 3, Optica, 2016, pp. 891–896.
  • Stievater, Todd et al. “Suspended Photonic Waveguide Devices.” Appl. Opt. 54 (2015): F164–F173. Print.

  • Stievater, Todd et al. “Trace Gas Absorption Spectroscopy Using Functionalized Microring Resonators.” Opt. Lett. 39 (2014): 969–972. Print.

  • HolmstromS., StievaterT., PruessnerM., ParkD., RabinovichW., KhurginJ., RichardsonC., KanakarajuS., CalhounL., and GhodssiR. Guided-Mode Phonon-Polaritons in Suspended Waveguides. Vol. 86, Phys. Rev. B, 2012, p. 165120.
  • CarnsJ., CookG., SalehM., GuhaS., HolmstromS., and EvansD. Spatial Distribution of Power Coupling in Self-Pumped Photorefractive Reflection Gratings. Vol. 44, Appl. Opt., 2005, pp. 7452-7.
  • HolmstromS., NatarajanL., TondigliaV., SutherlandR., and BunningT. Mechanical Tuning of Holographic Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal Reflection Gratings. Vol. 85, Applied Physics Letters, 2004, pp. 1949-51.
  • BloomD., EvansD., HolmstromS., PolfJ., McKeeverS., and WhitleyV. Characterization of Al2O3 Single Crystals Grown by the Laser-Heated Pedestal Growth Technique for Potential Use in Radiation Dosimetry. Vol. 37, Radiat. Meas., 2003, pp. 141-9.
  • C. PolfJ., S. AkselrodM., and HolmstromS. A Real-Time, Fibre Optic Dosimetry System Using Al2O3 Fibres. Vol. 100, Radiat. Protect. Dosimetry, 2002, pp. 301-4.
  • JiaW., YuanH., HolmstromS., LiuH., and YenW. Photo-Stimulated Luminescence in SrAl2O4:Eu2+,Dy3+ Single Crystal Fibers. Vol. 83-84, J. Lumin., 1999, pp. 465-9.
  • GatchD., HolmstromS., and YenW. Photon Avalanche in Pr3+:LaCl3. Vol. 83-84, J. Lumin., 1999, pp. 55-59.
  • GreentreeA., WeiC., HolmstromS., MartinJ., MansonN., CatchpoleK., and SavageC. Probing a Doubly Driven Two-Level Atom. Vol. 1, J. Opt. B, Quantum Semiclassical Opt., 1999, pp. 240-4.
  • WeiC., HolmstromS., GreentreeA., and MansonN. Strengths of Dressed States Transitions. Vol. 1, J. Opt. B, Quantum Semiclassical Opt., 1999, pp. 289-93.
  • HolmstromS., WindsorA., WeiC., MartinJ., and MansonN. Coherent Transients at the Rabi Frequency. Vol. 76-77, J. of Lumin., 1998, pp. 38-42.
  • WarrenG., HolmstromS., YakovlevN., YenW., and DennisW. Excitation Transfer in CaF2:Eu2+, Sm2+ Multilayered Structures Grown by MBE on Si(111). Vol. 76-77, J. Lumin., 1998, pp. 411-5.
  • WindsorA., WeiC., HolmstromS., MartinJ., and MansonN. Experimental Studies of a Strongly Driven Rabi Transition. Vol. 80, Phys. Rev. Lett., 1998, pp. 3045–3048.
  • KrolikowskiW., DenzC., SaffmanM., Luther-DaviesB., and HolmstromS. Interaction of Coherent and Incoherent Photorefractive Spatial Solitons. Vol. 7, Asian J. Phys., 1998, pp. 698-12.
  • WeiC., HolmstromS., SellarsM., MansonN., and FicekZ. Effect of the Bloch-Siegert Shift in a Strongly Driven Transition: Asymmetric Autler-Townes Profile. Vol. 30, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys., 1997, pp. 2735-45.
  • KrólikowskiW., and HolmstromS. Fusion and Birth of Spatial Solitons Upon Collision. Vol. 22, Opt. Lett., 1997, pp. 369–371.
  • HolmstromS., WeiC., WindsorA., MansonN., MartinJ., and GlasbeekM. Spin Echo at the Rabi Frequency in Solids. Vol. 78, Phys. Rev. Lett., 1997, pp. 302–305.
  • KrolikowskiW., Luther-DaviesB., HolmstromS., and AkhmedievN. Propagation and Collision of Photorefractive Screening Solitons. Vol. 26, Opt. Appl., 1996, pp. 249-53.
  • WeiC., HolmstromS., MansonN., MartinJ., HeX.-F., FiskP., and HollidayK. Raman Heterodyne Detected Magnetic Resonance. I. CW and Coherent Transient Measurements. Vol. 11, Appl. Magn. Reson., 1996, pp. 521-38.
  • WeiC., HolmstromS., MansonN., and MartinJ. Raman Heterodyne Detected Magnetic Resonance. II. Magnetic Transitions of NV Centre at Level Anticrossing Region. Vol. 11, Appl. Magn. Reson., 1996, pp. 539-52.
  • HolmstromS., TaheriB., ReevesR., PowellR., SharpE., and NeurgoankarR. Nonlinear Optical Responses of Strontium Barium Niobate. Vol. 114, Opt. Comm., 1995, pp. 413-20.
  • MansonN., WeiC., HolmstromS., and MartinJ. Transitions Between Dressed States. Vol. 5, Laser Phys., 1995, pp. 486-9.
  • TaheriB., HolmstromS., PowellR., SongJ., F.A., FoldvariI., and PeterA. Nonlinear Absorption of Laser Light in Bi12GeO20 Single Crystals. Vol. 3, Opt. Mat., 1994, pp. 251-5.
  • FoldvariI., MartinJ., HuntC., PowellR., ReevesR., and HolmstromS. Low-Temperature Photorefractive Effects in Bi12GeO20. Vol. 2, Opt. Mat., 1993, pp. 25-32.

Conference Proceedings

  • Stievater, Todd et al. “Chemical Sensors Fabricated by a Photonic Integrated Circuit Foundry.” Proc. SPIE, Frontiers in Biological Detection: From Nanosensors to Systems X. Vol. 10510. 2018. 105100I. Print.

  • Stievater, Todd et al. “Nanophotonic Waveguides for Chip-Scale Raman Spectroscopy: Theoretical Considerations.” Proc. SPIE, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives Sensing XVII. Vol. 9824. 2016. 982404. Print.

  • Holmstrom, Scott et al. “Trace Gas Raman Spectroscopy Using Functionalized Waveguides.” Optica 3 (2016): 891–896. Print.

  • StievaterT., HolmstromS., KozakD., McGillR., PruessnerM., RabinovichW., TyndallN., and KhurginJ. “Trace-Gas Raman Spectroscopy Using Functionalized Waveguides”. Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Optical Society of America, 2016, p. SF2H.2.
  • McGillR., StievaterT., PruessnerM., HolmstromS., NierenbergK., McGillR., VietN., ParkD., KendzioraC., and FurstenbergR. “Infrared Molecular Binding Spectroscopy Realized in Sorbent Coated Microfabricated Devices”. Proc. SPIE, Vol. 9101, 2014, p. 910107.
  • StievaterT., PruessnerM., ParkD., RabinovichW., McGillR., HolmstromS., and KhurginJ. “Evanescent Field Absorption Spectroscopy of Trace Gases Using Functionalized Microring Resonators”. CLEO:2103, Optical Society of America, 2013, p. CM4O.4.
  • StievaterT., PruessnerM., HolmstromS., ParkD., RabinovichW., McGillR., and KhurginJ. “Waveguide Evanescent Field Spectroscopy of Trace Gases”. Advanced Photonics 2013, Optical Society of America, 2013, p. SM4C.2.
  • StievaterT., PruessnerM., ParkD., HolmstromS., McGillR., and RabinovichW. “Evanescent Waveguide Absorption Spectroscopy of Trace Gases”. Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2012, Optical Society of America, 2012, p. JW2A.109.
  • StievaterT., ParkD., PruessnerM., RabinovichW., HolmstromS., KanakarajuS., RichardsonC., and KhurginJ. “Polarization Dependence of Facet Reflectivity in Rectangular Submicron Waveguides”. CLEO:2011 – Laser Applications to Photonic Applications, Optical Society of America, 2011, p. JTuI27.
  • HolmstromS., StievaterT., PruessnerM., ParkD., RabinovichW., KanakarajuS., RichardsonC., and KhurginJ. “The Guided-Mode Phonon-Polariton in Suspended Waveguides”. Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2010, Optical Society of America, 2010, p. QThF3.
  • HolmstromS., StievaterT., PruessnerM., RabinovichW., KanakarajuS., CalhounL., KhurginJ., KellyD., and GhodssiR. “Spontaneous Raman Scattering in Suspended InGaAsP Waveguides”. Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, Optical Society of America, 2009, p. CThV6.
  • HolmstromS., DennisW., and YenW. “Novel Detection Scheme for Excitation Spectra Using the Photon Avalanche Effect”. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Luminescent Materials, Vol. 97, The Electrochemical Society, 1998, pp. 50-5.
  • KrólikowskiW., and HolmstromS. “Propagation and Collision of Photorefractive Screening Solitons”. Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, Optical Society of America, 1997, p. QThF2.
  • KrolikowskiW., Luther-DaviesB., HolmstromS., and AkhmedievN. Propagation and Collision of Photorefractive Screening Solitons. Vol. 26, Opt. Appl., 1996, pp. 249-53.
  • PowellR., LiuH., FoldvariI., HolmstromS., and ReevesR. “Nonlinear Optical Responses of Photorefractive Crystals”. Proc. SPIE, Vol. 1861, 1993, pp. 238-50.


  • HolmstromS. Characterising the Dressed States: A Study of the Driven Two Level System. Australian National University, 1997.
  • HolmstromS. Laser Induced Gratings in Strontium Barium Niobate. Oklahoma State University, 1993.

Courses Taught

  • Research and Dissertation
  • Introductory Physics I
  • Introductory Physics II
  • Methods of Mathematical Physics in Physical Sciences
  • Electromagnetic Waves and Optics
  • History and Philosophy of Science

Professional Affiliations

  • National Council of University Research Administrators
  • Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
  • The Optical Society