Katherine (Kate) Bachman
Research Hourly, Department of Physics
Exponential SpiralAs part of the Plasmonics Group, my research involved design, optimization, and simulation of plasmonic nanoscale devices. The featured illustration represents one such design, based on RF exponential spiral antennas. Most recently, I developed a genetic algorithm, written in Java, to work in conjunction with Comsol Multiphysics for optimization of nanoscale device design. Former research includes, for example, development of optimization algorithms and computer programs for radiation treatment planning, mutual information-based image registration, and development of database and other software applications.


  • MS, Applied Mathematics (Operations Research), University of Colorado, 2005
  • MBS, Basic Science (Applied Mathematics Option), University of Colorado, 2002
  • BS, Chemistry, University of Colorado, 2000

Research Areas

  • Computational mathematics
  • Theoretical and computational physics
  • Optimization
  • Simulation
  • Plasmonic device design