Amy Spivey’s research interests lie in the areas of optical and materials physics. Recently she has been conducting time-resolved studies of photoluminescence from semiconductor colloidal quantum dots, with the goal of increasing the effectiveness of luminescent solar concentrators. The work, in collaboration with scientists at three other Pacific Northwest universities, is being funded by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. In her graduate research at JILA (formerly the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics) at the University of Colorado, Spivey used short-pulse laser systems to study how excitons in GaAs-based semiconductors behave on sub-picosecond time scales. She also worked with terahertz pulses. Her post-doctoral research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham explored the intensity-dependent absorption of nanosecond and picosecond laser pulses in organometallic molecules. Spivey has published work in Applied Optics, Optics Communications, Journal of the Optical Society of America B, and other journals. She is a reviewer for Optics Letters, Optical Materials Express, and American Journal of Physics, and a past editor of the newsletter of the American Physical Society’s Division of Laser Science. She is also active in the Northwest Section of the American Physical Society. Spivey teaches physics courses including Modern Physics, Circuits and Electronics, and Analytical Mechanics, as well as a first-year seminar centered around energy and electrical power generation.
B.S., Westmont College, 1996; M.S., Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1999, 2003