BLI Profiles

Christopher Barty

Professor, Physics & Astronomy
Co-founder, Lumitron Technologies, Inc

Ph.D., Applied Physics Stanford University

Phone:  949.824.0283
4162 Frederick Reines Hall
Mail Code: 4575

Research Abstract

Chris Barty joined the faculty of UCI in the summer of 2017 as a Professor of Physics and Astronomy and lead faculty of UCI’s Convergence Optical Sciences Initiative (COSI). He is also a member of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic at UCI, the chair of the International Committee on Ultrahigh Intensity Lasers ( and a co-founder of Lumitron Technologies, Inc. which is based in Irvine. Prior to his arrival at UCI, he served as the chief technology officer for the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Directorate at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Professor Barty received his Ph.D. and M.S. in applied physics from Stanford University and B.S. degrees, each with honors, in chemistry, physics and chemical engineering from North Carolina State University. For his accomplishments in laser science and related applications, he has been elected a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), the Society for Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), the American Physical Society (APS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was the 2013 IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Distinguished Lecturer, the 2016 recipient of the SPIE Harold E. Edgerton Award for his work on ultrafast lasers and laser-based x-ray and gamma-ray science and the 2018 recipient of the OSA R. W. Wood Prize for his foundational innovations that have enabled ultrafast and energetic intense lasers around the world. He has published and spoken widely on topics spanning lasers, optics, materials science, nuclear science, medicine, chemistry, engineering and physics. Professor Barty’s present research aims to enable new, laser-based, x-ray modalities for the precision detection and treatment of disease, novel x-ray studies of ultrafast material dynamics and the emergence of nuclear photonics as a new scientific discipline.